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Monthly Archives: May 2009


This was just a fun exercise painting my ceramic bull.


I worked on several things in this painting. I wanted to furthur explore greens and all the colors that could be used with them. I created the fog on the distant hills by painting the first wash in color and allowing it to dry. Then I made a wash of white watercolor and washed it into the initial color. While the paper was still wet with that wash, I reintroduced the greens, reds, purples and yellows in the areas that you see them on the distant hills. I was careful to not let those colors interfere with the ones next to them. I used masking fluid and a small brush in varying layers to create the branches in the trees and on the ground as well as the grasses on the foreground hill in front of the hut.


This is my colored pencil assignment for this week. We were to paint a still life with the vegetable or fruit she gave us. I had to pay close attention to reflected color, the shadows the onions cast, and the local color of each onion. This was very challenging and something I want to try again in watercolor and  different objects. My specific challenge was developing the colors for the background because the one was so dark and the other so light. Colored pencil is just plain fun after the midpoint and you begin to see how the colors are blending. Sometimes, the color takes me a whole different direction than I planned.


I was really intrigued with the dark tree trunks leaning over the path. I haven’t felt real comfortable with Fabriano rough paper so decided to try this woodsy scene with it. We are going to talk about greens in painting class this week. I used several yellows, prussian blue and burnt sienna so that my greens looked a little more natural. There is also dioxazine violet in the darks. The majority of the painting was created wet in wet.


This week in colored pencil class we took photos with contrast between dark and light and tried to develop our darks and lights by layering colors. The results are quite dramatic and more beautiful than trying to achieve contrast with one color for darks and one color for lights. This was my attempt. I used reds and greens for my darks, pink, light blue and lilac for petals and green, indigo, dark green, 2 yellows, and orange for the center.


This week in watercolor class we worked on either a “big” sky or “big” water. I had read, recently, about just letting the water do the work on skies and render it in one pass before the paper dries. I had to use two passes before the paper dried but I was pleased with the outcome. I kept adding colors where the sky was darker and water where I wanted the clouds to remain white. I blotted in some areas with a kleenex where I wanted a lighter blue. The hard edges developed where I added water midway through and I softened some of them with a damp brush as the wash began to dry. Painting the sky this way made me feel as though the water was my helper. As a result, I approached the foreground field the same way. I just  shaped the field in with my color choices and watched and lifted. Mountains, fence and grasses were painted  after everything dried. What fun!