My blog will hopefully allow me to share my love of watercolor...the ups and downs of an artist's life and creative processes I go through in following my passion for painting. Hope you enjoy my journey.
Here is the painting that I'll demo for my PaintingFriends group in IndianRocksBeach, Florida in August. I first painted the teapot and smaller silver dish with the limes and lemons...but...it felt too cool in color. Seems I just can't love a painting without using red and so I decided to add some color. I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd found a wonderfully colorful blouse in my closet to use for a new setup. I really patted myself on the back for adjusting the setup with the cloth and re-shooting the ref photo to superimpose on the drawing almost perfectly in comparison with the first ref photo. So, I drew in the new colorful addition and painted over the little dish. I can see the original dish outline because I know where it was, but when I do the demo, that area will be cleaner as it looks like I used a stainer in the silver...probably midnight blue or the neutral tint colors. Painting silver is almost as much fun as crystal...but not quite...ha. Anything with reflections interests me it seems.
This is the crystal demo I'll be doing with the PaintFriends group when we go to Florida in August. They wanted crystal...so...they're getting crystal. I loved the idea of blackberries and blueberries to give some darks in the composition. The little crystal cream pitcher was a whopping $4.00 at a local antique store and it came with the sugarbowl to boot. Got them when I found the silver tea service that I'm also using for the silver demo I'll do. I love getting fun things for setups. This crystal bowl was a Christmas present from my daughter this year...I loved the fan facets and the uneven top rim...sure made for an interesting setup when I was photograhing this one. I think the artists will all come away with a wonderful painting.
Here's another painting I'm working on to decide on the colors I want to use in a larger and more diverse painting for our Splash August trip to Florida. I'm trying out many combinations for the blackberries and haven't settled in on a particular color yet. Blackberries...in real life...are black. But, black in watercolor is a dead color so I'm trying out other combinations...have decided that if I don't come up with something I really love, they'll probably make them raspberries...that'd work too. But, I absoluely love blackberries and I'm determined to make them work.
This week I'm working on trying to come up with some good paintings for my summer trip to Florida with some friends from our forum PaintingFriends. We're going to be painting silver as well as crystal and I'm just playing around with some color. Silver can be really cool unless you're bouncing some good reflections. This "cloth" is actually one of my shirts that had wonderful color...really matched the hues in the limes beautifully. I always forget to check my closets when I'm looking for good cloth for setup photos. This is actually a really small portion of a larger painting with a silver teapot...was just trying out the colors before I went much further...I think this will work just fine.
Having been an artist all of my life...I remember seeing Santa place an art easel under the tree at my grandmothers house at age four...I am a watercolorist and pen&ink artist. Self taught, I was successfully on the art circuits doing large festivals and other venues for almost 25 years until I tired of traveling. While on the circuits, I met many wonderful artists and grew to love most media out there, but now concentrate strictly on watercolor. I am a member of several professional organizations around the country and enjoy entering exhibitions and benefiting from numerous watercolor workshops given by visiting artists as often as possible. My main passion seems to be painting glass and crystal and large focus florals. Out of the main stream of the work-a-day world now, I am able to devote full time to my painting and art interests.
I am fortunate enough to be able to live and work on our farm outside of Tyler, Texas where we enjoy all the pleasures of small farm life...cats, dogs, birds, chickens, flowers and a wonderful vegetable garden. These are the good things of life.