Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Getting this guy to pose was my entertainment while waiting for my dinner to be prepared. Getting a shot at any thing other than the back of his head was a challenge. He was not in a cage, but on a stand. As you can see he has a stunning face.
This is day 2 of the Painting challenge. So far brushes are wet and my painting table is a mess. It takes several minutes to clean up for the next painting in the morning. Eventually I am going to have to produce 2 paintings in one day. I plan to be traveling in the middle of this month.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Last time I tried this I was preparing to move. I did fine until the moving van came and then I caved. I cannot resist the fun. It is so good to be forced to paint so fast. Most of my work is so slow and precise. I probably will never change but this exercise keeps me from getting tangled up in my aim for perfection.
This flamingo was standing on one foot, gazing at his reflection. He was in a pool with several other flamingos and they were all standing on one foot. This blog is full of questions. Here is the last one for tonight. Why does this seem to be the flamingo's favorite stance? Why do they like to stand on one foot?
Friday, August 7, 2015
I think this crab is done. It started out as a day painting. Then I reworked it. A new, painting a day, challenge is starting in September. I can't wait to start. It is fun to throw a painting together in a day, quickly exploring many different subjects.
This is a crab that I found dead on the beach. It was easy to pose him for photos. If he were alive he would be running from me. I do not know the name of this species. Pictures are on the web, but no name. I have most of my recourses at my Florida home, so identification is eluding me.
It will be good to get back to Florida and to the water.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This is the fountain used with the previous painting of lavender water lilies. I was delighted to see that the fountain was lit at night. the light shining through the water lilies had me hooked.
The goldfish were not in any of my photos, but goldfish do live in the fountain. The little swimmers were quite a problem when constructing the painting. I think I am happy with them for now. I am hoping they add to the vision that the light is under the water lilies, making the lilies translucent.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The problem now is half my world is clear and bright and the other half in totally out of focus. Extreme nearsightedness and astigmatism was corrected in my right eye. I still wear reading glasses. I wear a patch over my left eye only when I paint. I can see the reflection of my eye in the lens that is covered. That is pretty much the focal point of that eye. I can't wear my old glasses with one lens removed. My old prescription makes things appear smaller. The eyes will not work together.
It is funny, I can play the piano. Things are fuzzy with both eyes but clear enough to see the notes. I had more or a struggle reading music before Eye surgery.
In about three weeks. I will be in great shape. Both eyes will be done and my world of sight should be pretty remarkable. I am grateful to live in a period where my sight can be made better than when I was young. Getting older has it's benefits.
Now about the Ibis. This bird is in progress. The lighting of the bird is not right yet. The sun is setting behind the bird, making the body darker. I still want more light on the birds back and neck.
The water needs more development. I experimented with the foam of the waves around his legs. Scraping out color and adding dark marks with a fine brush, seem to be doing the trick. It is all about light against dark, and dark against light.
I am hoping to post a much improved painting in a few days.
Friday, June 5, 2015
The contrast of the pale flowers against the water is natural. Indigo was the sole pigment in depicting the water. Indigo can be fun to work with. It is rich. The paint flows but can lend itself to lifting for variation. I chose Winsor Newton's Indigo because it leans more towards blue. Some Indigos can be too black.
For several years this fountain is surrounded by a restaurant that has my name, Jane's. It serves a stellar breakfast that gives me the feeling of ultimate pampering. The Owner, Jane, is British. Her restaurant is very fitting in surrounding my favorite fountain.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Whining aside, this is a young brown pelican. They are the goofballs of the gulf. The young pelicans hang around the pier and are snagged by the fishing lines. The older pelicans know better.
This is where several old dock posts stick out of the water. It is a place where several pelicans come to roost, preen, and dry there wings at sundown. My subject arrived a little late. All the good spots where taken. He rests on a pointed stump. The only stop left. Those webbed feet worked well grabbing his perch.
This study helped me explore ways to paint different layers of feathers. Value changes and color temperature were important. I think this will be interesting painting to do bigger and slower. The bird has a funny position of his neck. They are like bulldogs with folds in the neck that can take on incredible shapes. I will study other photos to see if I can improve on this pose.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Sting rays swim in the surf and lay in the sand covering themselves. I have walked in the surf as a sting ray follows me, almost in a playful fashion. I shuffle my feet while waving in the water. That gets the sting rays to move out of your way. If you walk with steps that are too high, it is possible to step on one of these and there is a stinger at the base of their tail.
This particular ray was beached at low tide, but it looked like he was making his way to the water. He is lit up in the morning light at sunrise. I really like morning light.
I don't feel that I got this drawing exactly right. Sometimes it is so hard to draw really simple things. Completing a painting each day does not leave much time to fuss. I experimented on how to depict sand quickly with water color. The texture is so varied. Color and shadow are important. There was no time to deal with the tiny shells. That may happen in another painting.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
This painting was a great comeback. I had sketched this out before the moving truck showed up. Today work progressed very smoothly. The light on the rocks was excellent, giving me a lot of texture to work with. I elevated the painting a bit, and stood up to make sure I had accents and shadows where they needed to be.
My paper had a few imperfections, grabbing the paint in odd ways with the light wash in the sky. A tissue to absorb paint in those areas made the suggestion of clouds. I am surprised the darker blimishes picked up, but the paint was still wet.
The fisherman was easy to paint. Fortunately, I had a steady hand when putting in the pole and line. One hiccup would have doomed this one to mediocre.
This on is a success.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Tomorrow I think that I will work with fluid washes but wait for them to dry between colors. I also need to decide which blues to use and which reds. Smooth and transparent is a way to go. I am afraid to use some of the stronger blues, but I will have to get brave enough to open that can of worms.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
As a painter tonight much of my work was mixing different greens. The stem in this box created an interesting jumble of extensions. The lines extending from the stalk become a major design element.
There are manyo different kinds of palms. The woody types of debris that comes out of these trees make interesting finds.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
This is a painting of a boat heading out for a fishing charter. The color of the sky defines the top of the. boat. The two men on board gives it more interest. I decided to add color to the water. Describing sky and water with shapes and action of strokes help describe the motion. I remember reading that water looks different in as your eye moves across it. This is much different than when we just picked up the blue, and filling in the area as smoothly as possible. This water I now see has more life. It is a challenge to show that action and life.
Friday, January 16, 2015
When I first saw an Ibis, there actually three of them walking on the beach, among quite a few beach goers. It was at the end of the season so the birds had lost most of their shyness. These white medium size birds are so attractive with their orange to red legs and face parts. This bird had great coloring so I chased him down the beach quite a distance to get a good angle.
He has a stunning blue eye. Daniel Smith, Horizon blue is just the right color
At sunset most of his body is shadowed but he is back-lit. I will definitely come back to this one later and develop values.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
This painting is done from a photo I took last year at the pier. There were lots of birds. I took over a hundred photos of moving birds. This one was clear with a full wingspread. It was shear luck and persistence.
The tension is over about my move. We passed the closing date without confirmed funding. At last we are moving next Wednesday. I am going to have to get a few paintings ahead to keep up with the daily postings.
I think my next painting I do will be using all transparent paint. Watercolor is so much fun, because you can really mix it up.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sunsets are a low light situation.
The eyes of an osprey are large and intense. I plan to do a larger painting of this bird. Feathers need to be more defined and are beautiful, but the attitude of this bird's appearance is more important.
Monday, January 12, 2015
I think this exercise is all about how fast can I get with these painting sketches. I was finally ready to settle down and paint about 10:15 pm, but my husband informed me that we had to fill out some papers for the bank. It looks like we might really be able to close on Wednesday. I am holding my breath. Tomorrow we wire money to the title company and I have to get a rider for flood insurance.
Back to the painting. The strongest thing I have to say about this painting is that the colors make me happy. Good night.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
This is the only horse conch I have ever found. It was buried in the sand on what I call the secret beach. This beach appears at only low tide on the other side of the rocks at the entrance of Gordan pass.
I have found it difficult draw as well as paint shells, thru the years. This one only took two practice sketches. Somehow I nailed the shell's structure. When painting this shell, detail, shadowing and texture have to be the elements of emphasis. This can be a daunting task in watercolor without coming up with a soupy mess. Some how the brushes and water cooperated I a achieved my goals fairly quickly.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
The clouds give the sky a chance to reflect that color that appears and intensifies after the sun is gone. Photogaphing the sun unfiltered results in a burnout of light, where you loose that ball of light. It is more of a blotch. On most evenings the drama after the sun has slipped under the horizon makes a better picture.
On rare evenings there is atmosphere at the horizon or even fog. This can appear to be clouds that are going to dampen the show. Instead the sun shines through, it's intensity is filtered just enough to become that magnificent ball of light and color.
I used orange in this painting. A mixture of indigo, mauve, and ultramarine blue in the water and sky. The light still in the water made this scene magical. Often the water will appear almost black at sunset. I have always said that the water and beach are different every time you visit.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
My photos are not the best. I am moving into a bigger place at mid month. I will have a whole room as my studio. In the guest room I will set up for photographing paintings correctly. I can leave the camera and lights set up, until I have company. It is great to throw a painting on an easel and have an accurate photo in minutes.
This is a very chaotic month to do a painting a day, but then again the challenge keeps me painting. I am happier if I am painting. After the move I can get more serious about my work. This seems like play. Play is good right now.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
I was distracted today. Looks like I will be packing to move tomorrow. I am in desperate need of more room to work. My husband likes bigger houses. So we are upgrading to a bigger house, but not too big. No need to have too much house to clean. Real estate has been a roller coaster these last few years. This morning it looked like we were going to walk away from the house we had been working on buying for the last few months. I was willing to accept either outcome, but God laid upon my heart this morning that he had not had the last word yet. We looked at other houses. There where several possibilities. Let the other house go. It came walking back. The sellers are now willing to negotiate.
It was 11:00 EST. Not one brush has been wet today. I was flipping through photos and I ran across the one where this great egret was voicing his opinion from behind some foliage. Great. I love to paint white. I reversed things. The bird was darker against the sky in the photo. In my painting the sky defines the bird. The color in his head and beak was brought down into his body. This one was slapped down with not much fussing. Good night.