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Friday, December 12, 2014

Watercolor demo of Golden Pear Continues

I am getting much closer to done will be the long process of cleaning edges etc but only a small area left to figure out...the twine around the darning needle in the center. Hopefully this weekend I can start a new drawing and be ready to paint maybe on Monday or Tuesday depending on how much work I have to do in the drawing.  So here is where I am tonight.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Watercolor Demo of Golden Pear Continues

I have worked today but unsure if it even shows. Some days are like that I guess. The confusing book is sorting itself out...I now have to take back some of the checkered pattern so you can see the letters on top but I had trouble following the pattern so just had to go for it...still a lot to do there but hopefully that pattern will come through when I am done. I sure would like to finish this in a couple of days so I can begin the next one...I need to get several large pieces done and it is just not coming together as quickly as I had hoped! I just can't seem to stay in my chair and get the work done like I use to do.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Watercolor Demo of Golden Pear

I sure am having trouble getting the right colors but at least you can see I am moving forward and the surprise at the end will be a painting that hopefully is the right color! ha!! I am playing with the angles and background to try something new to isolate my set up and draw the eye in...I am still not sure how dark to go with all of this so I am creeping in until I feel it is where I want it. Now if I knew Photoshop I would be in luck but since I don't this is what I have to do.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Watercolor of Golden Pear Continues!

Well I did not get the post of where my pear was here that is.
I still am finding shapes which I like to do first. I am not one of those painters who paints it to completion before moving on because I like to see it all sort of basic values and then decide how dark I need to go...there is a point where the painting takes over and I make those choices which is the part that is scary but also the creative part I love. Now I am at this it is a wee bit closer but there is alot of crazy stuff I am having trouble finding...but slowly I am creeping along!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watercolor of Golden Pear Continued

I am finding it hard to find enough time to do a lot but part of the problem here is all the drawing! I have found some of the lettering on the book and am beginning to find the feathers in the vase. I think once I find the shapes then I will dare to actually paint but until then you know me, I am looking for the shapes. It is always how I work.  So this is where you will find the painting today and tomorrow is a busy day with errands but hope by Saturday to put more time in! Thanks for following!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Watercolor Painting of a Golden Pear and Feathers

I am finally beginning a new painting! It has been a long time! Since the first of July to be exact! I fell off a bike on July 11th  and tore alot of ligaments in my left foot. It was awful and I also hit my head on the side of my old injury. Then three weeks later because I was so unstable I fell off the deck and did in the other foot! Egads! I felt so defeated by this I sort of gave up and did not paint or do anything. Just getting around was so major but I should have been painting. I feel bad I did not.
So anyway, with that and low white counts and auto immune stuff I have been struggling to have the energy to do most anything. I am doing better and I finally can drive my car and feel secure about that. I still have to be careful as we have ice now. It will be awhile yet before I am completely healed.
So I have begun something I am not even sure of! ha! I set up the display on my art book and hung it by strings against a wall. It feels overwhelming as of yet as I am not sure how to even draw certain areas but will keep stuggling with it. I have found if I have most of my shapes in place and get a light wash of color
on them I can usually see more clearly what I have to do. So this is where I am at right now...slowly it will begin to make sense..I HOPE! ha!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Watercolor Artist Magazine

Just received my October issue of Watercolor Artist...I tried to take a picture but did not do too great. I was honored to have these two pages plus parts of 3 other pages!!! You will recognize my fish painting when I was testing QoR paints!!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Watercolor Artist Magazine

Soon the October issue of Watercolor Artist will be on the stands and I am honored to be in it! The artists are amazing that are in this issue! Featured artists include: Direk Kingnok, whose painting, Yaowarat, Bangkok, graces the cover, George James, Carol Evans, Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Thomas W. Schaller, Keiko Tanabe, Andrew Kish III, Ratindra Das, Joyce Hicks, Jane Freeman, Bev Jozwiak and Richard Parkes Bonington.
It is my demo using QoR watercolors for Golden. You remember the fish??

Friday, August 01, 2014

Radish Watercolor Painting is Done!

I must admit I did procrastinate a lot on this painting as I kept getting lost on the basket. I was so unsure I was drawing it correctly and a flaw would be easy to see so I had to just lumber along. I am glad it is done as I plan to do nothing major in August and if I paint it will be outside. So this is a month for me to rest I guess.
This is full sheet on Arches #300 as most of my work is. The next time I start up I will be working on #300 rough...just have to try it out!!
I have not titled this painting will come I think...I will just ponder it more.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Radish Watercolor Demo

I just have so many days of gray skies and very dismal. I tried to run out between squalls and take a picture but the colors are off. I really hope in a few days things will clear and I can get a better picture of where I am at. It has been hard to even paint as the house has been dark and need the lights on. It feels too much like winter light which for me is a depressing light so I have done more reading than painting I fear! Hopefully you can get the general idea and then the next picture will be more true to color for you!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Radish Watercolor Demo Continued

Well I will be the first to admit I am spending way to much time outside but after such a long winter I just have to be in the sunshine! I have been working on the basket today however. What I discovered is I had drawn it wrong and had to do alot of correcting so that is what took up the major part of my time. I did finally figure out the structure of the end of the basket as well and a few days ago I did begin drawing in the table with a little more drawing on that I might be able to begin the lower 1/2 of the painting! Just sticking with it slowly but surely. I will eventually get it done and enjoy summer as well! I am sorry I am just not getting good light to have the paper white as it should be but hopefully I will snag the light next time!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Radish and Basket in Watercolor

I thought I would give a little update on my Radish painting. I have not gotten to work very much on it...if the sun shines I am in the garden these days! But today it rained so I did get a little work done. Figuring out this basket is taking alot of time...I have to rethink that right end and then try to get that done the next time I paint and I thought the table cloth would be easy but it is not...the perspective is killing me on that too...ha! But hopefully it will all be worth it in the end!

Daniel Smith Article by Jane Freeman

I was very pleased to see Daniel Smith had used what I did in my book for an article online! I sure hope they will use it one day in the magazine as that would be really wonderful too! Here it is so you can check it out. I am very honored to have them use my book for this!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Radishes in Watercolor

I have started a new painting only with all the rain we have been getting I have not been getting really good photos. The paper wants to look so gray so I tried to do something in photoshop but it was not totally successful but it will work for now. At least it lightened up the background but I did blow out a few edges. Hopefully my next photo will be much more clear!
With summer here it is hard to find painting time as my garden calls to me. After such a long winter it is really hard to stay in the house so this painting may take a bit longer but that is ok. The goal is to finish it not win a race! ha!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Watercolor Of Fish Is Done!

I think I am calling this done! If I add anything it will be to the two tags but it would have to be very faint and not distracting so waiting on that part and maybe I just like them as a shape element. I have not decided totally on the title. I have been calling it Fishing in the Dark but also like School's Out. I know I promised to talk about the QoR paints when I finished the painting but I have been approached by Watercolor Artist Magazine to do an article on the paints so I will have to stay quiet for now on what I liked and did not like...but doing the article will be alot of fun!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Demo in Watercolor of Fish with Qor paints

Ok...I have not kept up with this but decided to paint some today and so this is where the watercolor is now. I did find that in just two coats the background is solid black which usually would take me more with my transparent paints. Have not solved the background yet but slowly it is piecing together. I would rather have that solved to begin with but this sort of has evolved and I do run the chance of messing it up because I have no idea what direction it is going...but seems of late I do more and more of that! ha!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Watercolor of Metal Fish update 3

Well I sure have not had the time to paint like I would like but this is where my fishy painting is at this point. Tomorrow I am hoping to get in all the spines and decide on that last fish color...and the background is still up for grabs too!!! Still cannot make up my mind! ha! But this is where it sits as of now.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Watercolor of Metal Fish WIP 2

This is where I am tonight. Again I have had a busy time here and so can only find moments here and there to paint but that is all it takes sometimes to keep moving forward! Never be discouraged and just keep plugging away and before you
know it you will have a painting!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Watercolor Metal Fish

This is from a picture I took nearly a year ago and finally am starting on it. It is very different from my last painting and I am testing out the new paints on this one. Since I was not given many colors I am sort of limited especially when I am use to the large selection from Daniel Smith but it is going to be fine!!! This is just a small portion of the piece and nothing else has been painted yet but I do hope to get around to finishing off another fish tomorrow. This is a smaller painting too. It is only 12 x 24 I think so that is going to go twice as fast as a full sheet! So far I am liking the colors of the new paints but will wait to discuss them until I have worked with them for awhile.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beginning New Watercolor

I have completed a drawing to start a new watercolor and I am stumped about what to do. First let me explain. I have been asked to test a new watercolor  coming out on the market called QOR and it is pronounced CORE...I think. Anyway, I was wondering if I should paint this with the new colors and then I think but I love this drawing and I want to do it with watercolors I know and understand and not test something on this and then not like it after all the work of drawing! So that is why I am stumped. We will see which way I will lean. I will post the drawing. It was put in adobe to try to make the pencil lines stand out so it might look very dark and let me assure you it is not dark. And my head shadow is in there. ha! Sorry about that. It is a group of metal welded fish with spines all over them. I am really excited to get painting on it and so am not sure which way to go as I really like the drawing and want this to turn out. We will see. I will post the drawing and also the color swatches I did of the new paints. I have them in the window now and will leave them there for a month in the sun to see if there is any fading.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Watercolor of Cherries and Wine Final!

I have to call this done. Having been on a trip and coming home to solve those last problems with the painting I found I had lost interest and just want to move on. I will get it professionally photographed next week so I might tweek here and there before it goes but it really is for the most part done.  I have decided upon the title as well. It is Lunch with Solveig. Solveig Rimstad is a good friend and when I decided to use the Norwegian flag as one of the labels it also helped me name the painting! It is always nice to finish a painting but I never remember ending a painting and feeling like it was exactly how I wanted it. I would change many things which is always the case with me! But I learn lessons each time I stretch like this so if you want to grow as an artist, push yourself.
I have been asked to test some very newly patented watercolors so need to get a drawing going for that and then believe it or not I think I will try my hand at some acrylic again. I need to do more with that as it is something I think would give me a respite from the watercolors.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Watercolor Update

I have only worked a tiny bit on my watercolor but it will be done this week. I have been in Las Vegas helping my daughter at clothing market. Upon my return I found on facebook that the Artist Daily had included me in an article!~ I am honored to be included and hope you enjoy reading it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Salute to Norway!

I am not sure that is the title...but it is leaning that will have something to do with Norway or my friend Solveig Rimstad.   You will see that the wine label I kept leaving is now the Norwegian flag! I need to work on it...thought it was straight and it is not! ha! But I think I have room to move that line a little. This is not done but now all I have are little adjustments here and there and stabbing in some dark areas
etc...erasing...removing cat hair. ha! But now I can begin to get ready for Vegas where I will be all of next week with my daughter and son-in-law at clothing market. I just did not want to leave with so many loose ends...I feel it is very doable now when I get back...and if I have the time I will do it before.  So here it is until further notice!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Demo 10

This watercolor is slowly coming to an end. I thought I was going to be done this weekend and now I am aiming for next weekend. One thing I have learned over the years is to not rush myself because when I do I tend to just put something there and it makes no sense. ha! I have spent today making up the leaves on the right side. Still a little value work needs to be done there. Yesterday I worked just on the cracked wood as it would have been easy to rush it but it might not look like the wood I wanted there.  I hope I can get done as I know it will be several days of fine tuning parts as well so I have to keep moving but life happens. I have appts. all day tomorrow and part of Tuesday. That always plays me out and I just do not paint that much. So I know I am going to get behind some and have to push to get this done. So again, here is where I am today...and wish me luck that I can finish it by next weekend!!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Demo 9

I was able to do a tiny bit more with the wood today...I am putting in a lot of grain and then will decide how much darker the background should go, which will mute out some grain I am suspecting. I am finding I really love this wood so this summer I will back to this building and get more pictures as the peeling paint is very interesting being this amazing Teal turquoise color.  It is taking me some time as I do not feel that well and find I am napping sometimes by 9am. So I am losing a
lot of painting time but grab what I can.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Demo

I really took time to think about what my background might be on this one. I always am looking for a different way of doing them. I had pictures of beautiful blue skies, fences and I see this as a picnic outside. But in the end I settled on this. It is so fun to put the rough next to the smooth, the rustic next to the sophisticated. Opposites can often make something much more interesting. I think I would have gone with a landscape but it would have taken longer and I want to finish this piece up. I hope that I will not be disappointed as I could have done something even more daring. Maybe next time! There is still so much to do but slowly the shapes are falling into place and making sense!!! The label on the one wine bottle is waiting...I will make that last as I think I want it to say something about the painting itself.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor step 7

Well I know it doesn't seem like much but the bread is a doozy...I am not sure how far to take it...but still a lot of work to do there. I did start the geraniums to get more color going...I hope by this weekend to get most of the flowers done so I can assess where I am at. Once I feel pretty comfortable I will begin the background as having all that white there is bothering me. I like to cover all my paper asap so that only the right whites are showing. That is how I check this mass of white kind of throws me off but soon that will be resolved. Wish I were one of those artists who finishes sections as they go! Instead I work up to that which means about every area of this still needs work...but I have worked this way for so long I do not think I could change! ha!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor 6

Well I know it is not a lot but I think it has made a difference in a few areas. We are starting to see the loaf of bread which helps that area and I was able to get some of the embroidery onto the tablecloth and that sort of helps down there. I have increased a few shadows as well. I am trying to decide what to work on tomorrow and I am thinking I would like to see the geraniums now so it gives me a sense of where the top of this is. So tomorrow I hope to wander into that area and get those shapes more defined with color and I think by this time tomorrow it will even look better. That is however if I get to paint! ha! One ever knows what a day will bring. Just remain open to it and enjoy the journey!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cherries and Wine Update 5

Well if you did not think I was slow before maybe you have changed your mind? ha! I am trying to carefully draw each area as I want it to appear as realistic as possible in the drawing stage so that when I apply the paint it will flow on in the correct areas. Believe it or not I work on this every day for a while. But I must get up often so my neck doesn't start hurting so it seems to take forever. If nothing else I hope I am showing you that over time it really can come together and be a satisfying painting!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor Update

Well I am moving at the pace of a turtle but I still am moving forward and that is what counts! ha! I am trying to find all these shapes and it gives me a headache at times...I just cannot stay bent over like I use to when I was young! But I will persist!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cherries and Wine Demo

Well it appears I have not gotten to far and yet I have been working for 2 days!!!! Now do you believe me when I say I am slow! ha! I think with my little picture it is so hard to see what I am doing that the drawing stages are going very slowly! There is a lot to work on yet but maybe by the end of the month I will be getting pretty close if I just hang in there! I hope you will be is hard for me to be patient and not rush in and then wreck something I am trying to calculate my moves and hopefully it will pay off!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cherries and Wine Watercolor

Well I did not get to draw and paint today as planned...but I had a few stolen moments last night to put in the fringe and this afternoon I got twenty minutes to lay in a few shapes...tomorrow I want to paint and hope for no distractions. My door will be locked and I will pretend not to be home! ha!!The paper was not flat when I photographed so it is sort of out of whack but you can see where I am to some extent. The skies were very gray so that is influencing the whites too.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cherries, Wine and Bread Watercolor

I have begun a new watercolor so will post where I am at so far. This one has so much little stuff I am having trouble drawing it all as it gives me a headache so I am drawing a little and painting a little. I guess I will just set my goal to be done by spring! ha! Actually there are areas that will go quite fast so once I find the shapes I can stick in the actual values and the big stuff will finish up fast. By going light to begin with I have room to decide if it looks right or I need to change a shape...cowardly?? Nope...just careful. ha! I am showing you just a section as there is not much use in looking at a lot of white paper is there! I have started drawing past this point but so much more to draw. There is a loaf of bread I am having second thoughts on painting! A million holes...I will pretend it is lace. Gotta have a sense of humor sometimes! Hopefully I will stay with this painting daily
and be able to update more often.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Swan Watercolor in Yellowstone

I have not titled this one yet but perhaps you will have some ideas for me! I did take a few step by steps and I might post them later for you. They were not that good as every day was so dark and gray when I took them. This swan was in a river in Yellowstone park and actually there were several and I got many great pictures so I might do another painting of them at a later date. The picture shows the blue up brighter than it really is. Once I get this professionally taken it will be better. Hope you like it! I enjoyed doing a 1/2 sheet painting for a change and it surely went faster as it was less complicated! I should do more like this but for some reason I always try to do something too hard. The next one I have started drawing is full sheet and I think it is way over my head but I will try! ha!
I darkened the water reflection a little as it was just too white...and hoping that it works better?