Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Glimpse Of Spring

      I don't know about anyone else but I've had it with winter.  So I went and bought tulips that I'll plant outside.   I had a wonderful time with these flowers. We have been lucky, the sun has been out the last couple of days, so I got some great photos of these with shadows. But I also had to fight with my Lily as she loves to eat flowers.  I was having a hard time with her trying to photo them, finally Lily was put in the house, I closed the door to the screen room and had some private time with my tulips.  Of course I had to leave Lily back out and to appease her I took some lovely photos of her too.  I did this painting from real life with the tulips in front of me. Such a nice change from painting from a photo.  So I have decided to buy flowers from now on to paint.  I'm trying the new greens from my workshop and do seem to like how they act together.  Viridian and Winsor Green (Blue shade) with New Gamboge for the highlights.  The petals  are painted using Permanent Rose, Raw Sienna and Winsor Blue ( Red Shade).   I  want everyone to think of spring when you see this and know that it is almost here.   Thanks for viewing everyone and please leave a comment.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Star Of The Show

Happy Friday
   This is the first painting I finished from attending a
Carolyn Gawarecki  workshop on Shadows in Paintings.

I learned a lot attending it and found her to be an amazing and interesting teacher and well as person.
For this painting we wet it completely then stapled it to gatorboard, after it dried I applied masking fluid  over all the area not to be shadowed. I then dropped in the shadows on very wet paper and let the colors mix together.  After the shadows dried I removed the masking and worked from there. 
Thank you Carolyn for such a well done workshop.   Let me know what you think and thanks everyone for stopping in.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pale Pink Rose

Happy Thursday

I took another break from painting oils and did another rose in watercolor.   There is a certain pink that I see people use for painting roses.  However as hard as I try I can never seem to get this color down.  I used a photo of  Laura's Rose from Pilan ( Wet Canvas), thank you so much Pilan for this.  I used Scarlet Lake and a little Permanent Rose for the flower, but still not the pink I wanted.  However I do like the color and it doesn't go toward a rose or violet color which mine usally go to.  I started very light and worked up the color with many different layers.  I hope you like this rose as much as I did painting it.   Please stop in and let me know what you think.  I really appreciate everyone who looks and comments on this.