Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Rose In Border
I belong to several art groups online. It is fun to interact with the other artists, and you always learn something. This painting was done as a project for one of the groups, WatercolorWorkshop, a Yahoo group hosted by Susie Short. The goal of the project was to paint something surrounded by a border. Procrastinator that I am, several other artists had already posted their entries and I was still trying to come up with an interesting border. I smiled to myself when I thought of this one. I painted the winding branches first, and then the background. I normally would have taped off the white rectangle to be sure to get clean lines, but I was afraid that the tape would ruin my nice green branches, so I carefully painted the straight border (yes, it is straight, although I couldn't get my camera to cooperate). The flower was painted last. I slid my painting in just before the deadline. I can't wait to see what the next project will be.
Some groups I belong to:
WatercolorWorkshop Yahoo Group
Sharing With Artist Partners (S.W.A.P.) - a swap group for small paintings
Watercolor Passion, Maury Kettell's site which has quarterly projects
Whenever I am stuck for a painting idea, one of these groups has something that will inspire me to keep my brushes wet.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Pemaquid Point Light 1989
The other day in one of my watercolor online groups there was a discussion about first watercolors, and a few of us posted ours. It's fun to look back at our beginnings. This painting was done in 1989 on a vacation in Maine. Oh, I had tried watercolor before, back in the 60's, and I remember hating it. I probably tried to use them like oils.
I remember being attracted to watercolor seascapes in the various gift shops and galleries and decided to try one of my own. I kept my investment to a minimum, buying a watercolor pad and two tubes of paint - ultramarine and yellow ochre. I had read somewhere that you could do a painting with just those two colors. It came out a little pale and wishy-washy, but I must have liked it because I kept on painting. Many books and a few watercolor classes later I'm still at it.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Well, after about an hour, I managed to post a picture. This is my latest painting, finished yesterday. It is 11x15 on Masa paper, which was wet and crinkled before painting. I love the batik effect with this technique. I had previously painted the peonies in a traditional manner and wanted to do something different.