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Friday, November 17, 2017
Here are some completed and nearly-done paintings from our recent class, Toolshed Treasures, which featured techniques used to create the textures of weathered wood and rusty metal. I am so glad that my students enjoy painting my favorite subjects :)
|This one is by Jerry ... the rope texture and the color of the old kerosene can are incredible!|
|This painting is by Elizabeth ... looks so real you could almost pick it up! Well done.|
|Anita painted this one ... she hasn't painted in quite a while, but she hasn't lost her touch :)|
|This one is by Joan ... excellent techniques on the wood and metal.|
|Ralph almost finished this one ... I really like the way she worked some blue into the wood ...|
makes a nice complement to the orange colors of the rust.
|Pat chose to paint the fan and she nearly finished. Gorgeous tones on the rust.|
|This one is by Carol ... beautiful shadows.|
|This is Carol's second painting ... another nice one!|
Saturday, October 28, 2017
This is a small (12"x4") demo painting I did for my classes this week and below is the lesson I prepared for my students. If you are a painter, give it a try!
This lesson involves creating a misty or foggy background by using a technique I learned from the book “Zoltan Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques.” The “fog” is created by flooding a wash of titanium white watercolor over the background. There are other ways to create fog, of course, but this is a useful technique which can also come in handy to “fix” paintings that don’t quite meet your expectations.
A few general notes: 1) I used masking fluid to preserve the foliage at the top of the painting and a few leaves on the road, but you could easily paint around those shapes or blot them out if you don’t have masking fluid; 2) I use a hair dryer to speed up the process, but if you prefer, you can let the painting dry naturally between steps; 3) The specific colors I used were by M. Graham, including cobalt blue, burnt sienna, new gamboge, sap green, naphthol red, and burnt umber. However, you could substitute any similar colors you might have; 4) I created the fog effect in Step 7 by covering the background with a wash of M. Graham Titanium White Watercolor. Chinese white or zinc white will also work, but don’t use white gouache … it is too opaque and chalky.
Step Three … Prepare light washes of blue/gray and brown/gray. (I used mixes of cobalt blue with burnt sienna and burnt umber). Working on dry paper, paint the lightest background trees. Dry the painting.
|Step Four …. Add a little more pigment to the washes in the previous step, and paint more trees with darker values in front of the light trees. Dry the painting.|
Step Six … Wet the road and paint it with a graded wash of blue/gray, keeping it light in the distance and adding stronger color toward the bottom of the painting. Use a toothbrush to spatter in some darks to create texture. Dry the painting very thoroughly.
Step Seven …. This is where we create the fog. Note: It is a good idea to practice this technique on an old painting or on a scrap before you do it on your painting :) ) Prepare a wash of titanium white watercolor (NOT gouache!) that is about the consistency of light cream. Make sure to mix well so that there are no lumps of white pigment in the wash. Also, make sure you prepare enough white, since you make need to use two coats to get the effect of fog. The amount you need depends on the size of your painting. Mine was quite small (12”x4”). When your white is ready, gently wet the entire painting with a soft flat brush or mist it with a spray bottle. Use a large flat brush to apply the white over the whole background and slightly into the top edges of the foreground. Use gentle strokes, and do not scrub, or the background colors will lift and combine with the white. Use a dry paper towel or tissue to lightly blot the white along the bottom edge, where the foggy background meets the foreground. At first the white will look really thick and opaque, but the background will gradually emerge as the white dries. Dry the painting.
Step Eight: Use some rusty browns to lightly define the top edges of the foreground. Mix some medium-dark washes grays and browns and paint the foreground trees. Add as much detail as you wish. Mine was so small I didn’t add bark texture, etc. If you added a stone wall in Step Five, add shadows and details to the stones.
Step Nine: Remove the masking fluid and paint the foliage at the top of the painting with various yellows, greens and rusts. Paint the fallen leaves on the road the same way, and add tiny shadows below them to “set them down” Add as much detail as you want to the woods on both sides of the road, I.e. grasses, bushes, etc. That’s it! You are done.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
As always, my two Thursday groups met at 9:00 and at 1:00.Here are some of the paintings they produced from the Dark Water Reflections class. This was a pretty tough subject and it included some unfamiliar techniques, along with some tricky timing issues. All students get a big Congratulations from finished this one!
|This one is by Eleanor|
|This is Helen's painting|
|Jerry painted this one|
|Here's Joan's Dark Water Reflections|
|This one is by Judy|
|And this one is Maggie's|
|Mary T. did two versions|
|And finally this one was painted by Paulette. She chose a wider format.|
Here are some more finished paintings from earlier classes and some that were done by individuals outside of class.
|A painting from Carol Hawaiian vacation|
|This is Carol's finished painting from the Mt. Desert Island class.|
|Helen also finished her painting of Bass Harbor Light from the Mt. Desert Island class.|
|This is Marguerite's finished work from the Mt. Desert Island session.|
|Carol also brought in another painting she did on her own from her Hawaiian vacation.|
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Here are the Monday night student paintings for my "Dark Water Reflections" class ... everyone worked from a step-by-step lesson I wrote, and I also did a demo during the session. No one finished during our three-hour class, but they all completed them on their own. As always, they each had a slightly different approach and got different results, but I think they are all great!
|By Elizabeth, who originally requested this class|
|By Kathy ... one of two versions she painted|
|By Kathy ... one of two version she did|
|Marion's painting ... she chose to do a small format|
|This one is by Pat.|
|This one is Ralph's painting|
|Sandy K. Painted this one.|