Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Watercolours With Life: Simple Snowdrops

Here is a link to my favorite water color artist's site:

Watercolours With Life: Simple Snowdrops

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Watercolor Madness!!

Well, I had to laugh at this. I've had an idea in my head for quite some time to paint a watercolor painting of my two black and white dogs. I thought it would be a real challenge to paint black and white. I'd have one spot of red -the favorite red "bouncy ball" that Cookie loves and plays with all the time. I was inspired by the watercolor paintings of Cyrille Jubert.
  • www.thedogmuseum.com can see what I mean if you click on the link. Oh! I would love to paint a painting of my dogs like that! LOOK how beautiful his work is. Anyway, I thought I'd at least try. I know practically nothing about watercolor. I knew I had to layer my primary colors to get a nice black. Awhile back I purchased some Korean watercolors and along with the set they sent me four sample tubes of paint. There was a Chinese Lake Red, a Cobalt blue, A sap green and a brown. I put some of the red and the blue on the palette and used my Windsor and Newton yellow. I masked off the areas that I wanted to keep bright white and then painted a lot of yellow everywhere else. Then I decided to paint the bouncy ball. After painting it yellow tube I dipped into the red. The red was all dry-ish. It didn't mix well with the water and wouldn't thin out, making it too dark. So I switched to the Windsor and Newton red and finished up but there were still chunks of dry paint on my painting. Oh well. Then I went to make the black color on the dogs. I dipped into the blue and the red. What a mess. Same old DRY paint. It just stuck onto the sable tipped brush and wouldn't mix or blend. I was really disappointed and wondered if my whole set of Korean watercolors was like that. Those paints were terrible. I picked up one of the free sample tubes and looked closely at the label: Oil Paint. !!! Duh! Ha hahaha. So I squirted out some fresh WN watercolor paint and continued. Ick. I kind of made mud. Oh, well, then I started to rub off the frisket. When I rubbed it off, it tore the paper up! What a mess I have! I need a watercolor class! Will have to try again later but have to laugh for now!

  • Sunday, December 06, 2009

    It's About Love

    What's all the gold for? An attempt to express in a painting the radiant love between a mother and her child. I have been working on this one for a l o n g time, letting my imagination go wherever it wanted. Starting out I sort of wanted to achieve a Mary Cassatt look with some strong outlines. When I wanted it to be magical I followed the examples of Gustav Klimt. Cassatt meets Klimt. Who'd a thought? It's all about love.

    Friday, December 04, 2009

    Sunshine. I mean Sunflowers!

    Ha! It's been so cold, I guess I was wishing for some sunshine! These ought to warm things up a little. They are finished.