Friday, July 31, 2015

Idealized Painting Four #watercolor #ZoltanSzabo #IdealizedPainting

This is the latest in a series of Idealized Paintings that I've done. I discovered a how-to for the technique in Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques, though I it's a style of seen often before, and I suspect there is another term for it.

The golden trees I've been using were inspired by Szabo's how-to, and I've stayed with them until I felt I had the idea firmly in my head.  I get easily bored, so I think I'm going to branch out now.  I want to play with the style more, but there are lots of different colors, subjects and shapes to explore!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Idealized Painting Three #watercolor #ZoltanSzabo #IdealizedPainting

I've been sharing a series of Idealized Paintings that I've been playing with (with which I've been playing). I discovered a how-to for the technique in Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques, though I it's a style of seen often before.

This is a fun style, though I think it will be a little more challenging when I attempt to apply it plein air, or from reference photos.  One of the reasons I was drawn to it, is because I like to fuss and get bogged down with detail.  This is a style that makes you focus on large shapes and forces you to get out before you overwork everything.

Rather than painting the trees, I just painted shapres, and then searched to find my trees.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Idealized Painting Two #watercolor #ZoltanSzabo #IdealizedPainting

Last Friday, I shared the first of a series of Idealized Paintings that I've been playing with (with which I've been playing). I discovered the technique in Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques, though I think it's one you'll recognize.  It's difficult to find instruction for, at least under the term 'Idealized', so there may well be a different term for it.

I changed brushes from Friday's attempt, using a 1 inch flat instead of a size 16 round.  This made it easier to capture the broad shapes so essential to the technique.

No reference photo was used.  Rather than starting with a fixed idea of the trees, I painted the shapes, and then found the trees among them.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Idealized Painting One #watercolor #ZoltanSzabo #IdealizedPainting

While reading Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques, I came across instructions for idealized design.  I did one for my Watercolor Wednesday with Schut and liked the technique and decided to play around with it more.

Then I didn't for months and months (very like me), for no good reason other than I didn't, lol.

The other day, I decided I was ready to play with it, and without looking back at the book, I just played around with what I remembered.  No reference photo or anything -- I just made it up as I go.

I'm not overly impressed with the result, but what I did find is the questions I wanted to resolve.  Sometimes, you just have to sit down and try something.  See where you are unsure, what works and what doesn't.  Only then do you really know where to start.

I reread Szabo's how-to, and have painted a few more attempts, which I'll share with you next week.

Done using Quiller Watercolors on TwinRocker paper

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Johnson Creek, Leach Botanical Gardens #Watercolor #LeachGardens #Quiller

Often, on Saturday mornings my husband and I visit the Leach Botanical Gardens for a walk after breakfast.  Johnson Creek runs through the park, rough and rippling in places, and deep and serene in others.

The paths are too narrow and steep for plein air painting, but I've taken plenty of photos over the last few months. This is the first time I've painted from any of them, though.

This was done using mostly Quiller watercolors, with the addition of Qor's Green Gold and Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue and Lunar Red Rock, on Lanaquarelle watercolor paper.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ancient Scrollwork #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZentangleInspiredArt

It's coming back!  I've been making more of an effort to do a little drawing or painting every day, even if I can't finish what I'm doing or even do very much.  It makes sooooo much difference in how I feel about what I'm creating and how easy it is to get into the flow.

That's what it's all about, baby!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Francisan Villa Garden Plein Air #Watercolor #JHerbin #StillmanAndBirn #DanielSmitth

This is the second painting I did Plein Air during my visit to a FRANCISCAN VILLA in Bridal Veil, Oregon. I can't wait to sit down with my photos and do some more detailed work.

I recently purchased a palette of Quiller watercolors and I used the Ultramarine Violet mixed with Qor's Green Gold for much of the painting, adding Richeson Green for some contrast.  The rocks were done with Daniel Smith's Lunar Red Rock.

The detail was drawn with a J. Herbin Creapen brush pen.  The painting was done in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook 9x12.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Amazing Custom Watercolor Travel Palette #AmazingCastingResin #Watercolor #TravelPalette

For quite a while now, I've wanted a wheel palette for my watercolor paints so I could match the colors into complementary sets.  But, I've got lots of palettes and just couldn't see spending the money for one.

Then I got to looking at the empty paint pans I've collected over the years, and the tins I had and ... VoilĂ  ... add a l;ittle Alumite White (Amazing Casting Resin and I've got my own custom palette.

The how-to can be found at the Amazing Mold Putty blog!

Old Maple Tree in Bridal Veil #Watercolor #JHerbin #StillmanAndBirn #DanielSmitth

On Tuesday I joined Kathy Delumpa Allegri and Judy (whose last name I forget, sorry!) for a lovely day of painting Plein Air at a FRANCISCAN VILLA in Bridal Veil, Oregon.

I decided to do loose and simple sketches rather than full-on paintings this time, so I took my J. Herbin Creapen brush pen and a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

For the tree, I used Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue and Lunar Red Rock with Qor Green Gold for sun & moss.  Both of the lunar paints granulate so beautifully and the Gceen Gold ombined well with them to get the feeling of moss.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two Attempts to get it right-Sauvie Island Garden in the light #SauvieIsland #Watercolor #PleinAir

There was a lovely garden at the farm I visited on Sauvie Island a couple of weeks for a plein air session with Kathy Delumpa Allegri and some of her other students .

In the photo I took, I liked the difference between the shaded area and the sunlit area behind.  I did two paintings.  Still didn't quite get what I was looking for, but I'm not unhappy with the results.

My first attempt was pretty straight-forward.  I was playing with complementary colors of yellow/violet, and orange/blue but wasn't really happy with my choices. 

In this attempt, I was playing with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (yes, the one you use to clean the kitchen!), using it to lift paint.  I wanted to really hone in on the haze that was created by the heat, and in essence removed a good portion of the paint I'd put down.

The Magic Eraser does a decent job of lifting paint (once it's dry), but I find it hard to control how much paint I'm removing and getting the shape I wanted in the removed area.  I hadn't intended to remove so much.

 I may do a third attempt and try combining what I learned from both of these. I'll probably choose a different angle though.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Practice, practice, practice. More truth than poetry #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZentangleInspiredArt

Wow. I can't believe how quickly I've lost the sense of flow between hand and brain and pen or paint.  I suppose it does me good to feel this once in a while, because it reminds me how frustrating it can be for someone new to drawing or painting.

It isn't a matter of how good the finished piece is.  It's that meditative flow where you aren't so conscious of how you're using your tools.  The movement and technique often just seem to flow without much thought and there's a feedback-- you put something down and it inspires what you do next.  When you don't do this kind of thing almost daily though, you lose it.

But, if I get back into my daily routine, the flow will come back quickly enough.

Ohto Graphic Liner Needle Point Drawing Pen in a Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Plein Airly Bad to Better #PleinAir #Watercolor #Kilamanjaro

Last Thursday, I went on a Plein Air painting session with Kathy Delumpa Allegri and two other students to a lovely farm on Sauvie Island, Oregon.

I was off my game.  Partly because the heat was hovering around 100 degrees and partly because I've done pretty much zilch in drawing, painting, mixed media or any other kind of art for nearly a month.  That's really rare for me.

My first attempt on site was a 5x7 (second painting down) that was really meant to only be a quick warmup to play with composition and get a sense of value.  But the third painting down was an 8 x 10 that I just couldn't get a handle on.  I wasn't sure how to handle that willow tree, I was trying to get too much scenery on the page and I was overwhelmed with all the green.

Once I got home, I thought about it a bit, and, overall, I decidedI was trying to channel Stephen Quiller, so I went online and studied his paintings for a bit.  I made the decision to switch to portrait to help with the sense of farmland rolling on and on.  It also helped me decide how to handle the willow tree and add colors other than green.  I didn't get nearly as adventuresome as Quiller, with either my shapes or colors, but he's been at it a lot longer than I have, lol.

All in all, despite the heat, we had a lovely day.  Our hosts were wonderful.  We had a fantastic lunch and a great time.

Winsor & Newton Prize Package Review #WorldWatercolorGroup #Doodlewash #Winsor&Newton

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