Thursday, September 29, 2016
I grabbed a bit of printing paper it is acid free and has lots of tooth, but is too soft for much abuse.
One more day. I have a painting half done. I will post two tomorrow or one tomorrow and one early the next day. That 48 hour window is my grace.
Very Loose. The drawing on this one took awhile. We were invited to dinner at Bone Fish, about when I was ready to pick up a brush. Boom boom shrimp, mac and cheese with white truffles, sautéed spinach with black grouper...dinner was well worth it. I see things to fix. That is my job for next month. It is crazy how the unpainted part sort of works, or am I just tired.
Two more days. I want to paint two paintings tomorrow and then I will be caught up. I want the last painting to have time to develop, on the last day.
Then I have to pack because I going on a little adventure. Five days to collect photos. I usually don't paint when I travel. There is too much to soak in and then I am too worn out. Must get beauty sleep so I am not grumpy.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I did not feel good today. I went to breakfast at 11:00. I slept a lot today. In the afternoon I had accomplished the drawing. My husband indulged me with takeout Chinese. After dinner I took another nap. Watched the debate. Painting started at 10:30 p.m.
Necessity kept this very loose and fluid. Had a little problem with things being too wet as I progressed. I used to do life drawing with watercolor. The short poses present a problem that nothing can dry enough to get some real definition. I learned to use colored pencils, but now I use watercolor pencils. I line here a tough of color there goes a long way.
This man is on the beach. I think he is working on a net, but the net does not really show up in my photo. I am happy with this. I like working with yellow. It is easy to muck up yellow, but it stayed fresh in this painting.
I think that I will finish off the month with various people. Five more paintings to go.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I am liking this one more as I look at it. What I do know is that I am cross-eyed tonight. Good night
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Charlie is a fluff ball with lots of personality. The fluff plays well with this lighting. Cutting the background with a large angled flat brush is the technique that works well with all the fluff.
Charlie still needs work. I like addressing a different subject each day. I am getting tired of painting in such a rush. I will go back and work up many of these paintings to get them where I want them to be. I will repaint some of them on a larger scale.
Working fast is in my slow manner is good for me. I ought to do this exercise every couple of months, maybe for 10 days. Then there is my few days of getting up to speed. It took me longer this time, because I went a period time without picking up a brush. I am definitely loosed up now and ready for serious painting.
Friday, September 23, 2016
This painting was purely experimental. I started with smooth paper and water colorpencils as line. Then I shadowed and contoured with a brush. I used pigments that granulate and separate, painting wet into wet, in the background. Where water is not painted the color will not flow, which protected the shell.
At the end I scraped more white out with knife and then brushed some of the green cascade pigment into some of the shadows. Putting some of the background color into the shell helps unify the painting.
I like this. My husband says he is not a fan. My efforts did capture the roughness and the patina of the old shell.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
I see problems with the water fighting the wings. I will fix that on my next go round with this subject. I had used a cerulean blue, but it granulated too much on the smooth paper. I switched or covered with horizon blue. This is a new color for me. The bird actually popped with brighter blue.
This is a reddish egret. I have only seen this one. It is a larger but very graceful water bird. He spreads his wings to create shadows. The fish seek these shadows. Then he will chase his prey. This is the only egret that fishes this way.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I gave the image a little tilt to horizontal and the dog looked a little perkier. Once I started painting I realized that there were many shapes and value changes in his coat and face. This would work out well. My initial drawing of the face was a little off. I think I got the adjustments right.
The fur on this dog is dark. My job is to give him life, and not end up with a mass of dark paint. No brown pigments were the right color. Blue, and violet and sometimes green became the the under painting or was mixed directly on the paper.
This was more work than I expected, but I think this is a success
Monday, September 19, 2016
I decided to show a picture of this one my work table. I was painting to Susan Boyle "Hope." Could have painted all night on the wings of her music.
Actually, I had planned to paint a dog for a friend's friend. I have never met the dog, and the photo given me was workable, but not pulling me. I can do this. Well there is a lot of fur and subtle values. My time today was limited today. I wanted to work on the dog in the morning. I am fresher.
So this is time management within the challenge. I set the dog aside this evening and started on a simple still life. This is of one of three ship's pulleys, collected by my dad. He was in the Navy so he was drawn to this kind of stuff.
I will post a cropped version of the painting for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" blog.
Don't worry Hugo, the dog should appear tomorrow.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
The drawing started with the line of the top of the head of the left bird then I drew the eye and went on to the bill. Paying attention to shapes and their relationships to each other helped me to simply nail the drawing. Pay attention and don't be in a hurry at this point. It really pays off
When painting, I did the eyes first. No matter how loose I would become at the end of the day the important details are there.
I used a true mouse color to do the water. The wash was pretty good, but water is moving and has different values and is really a forgiving thing. the reflections where laid down the end. I reached for Payne's grey and Davey's grey.
Pelicans are the bulldog of the birds. They are solid and humorous. I loved them from my very first encounter at 10, on the Naples Pier. I should paint them more often.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
They can be smooth and white when wet, but the wind fluffs their fine feathers. They make me think of clown feet with their yellow feet set off by black legs. Once in a while I have seen an egret with orange feet. Their toes are not webbed so swimming is not their main activity. Come to think of it, I am not sure I have ever seen on swimming. Their long legs make them good waders and long sharp beaks are suited for fishing.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The interaction of water and sand are an element here. Reflection on the children crouching in the water complete the scene.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
II bring these home when find them laying on the ground. I will put them bowls or on the coffee table. My daughter told me to soak them in water once a week to keep them alive.
Today my husband and myself tore up my studio. We rearranged furniture. I took the closet doors off. I hope to add more shelves and stacks for paintings on the floor. A table top will go on top of a dresser and the flat file. The dresser is higher than the flat file so bins for storing framing pieces will go between the table top and the flat file. The room will soon be quite functional.
My body is sore from all the moving of stuff. I am headed to bed because rearranging the other room into an office is for tomorrow. I am hoping not to have to move my desk back into the studio.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
This is a modeled duck. The distinguished pattern on its back identifies this water fowl. The deep brown feathers with a white outline are stunning.
I think tomorrow I will paint a sunset. I am longing for more color.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
This is a sandpiper. He is a smaller than a tennis ball. notice the long legs and the long bill. Both of these suit him well at the shore.
Sunday, September 4, 2016
This painting was fun and simple but sort of tedious in drawing and then painting the different areas. I think this one is definitely an keeper.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
I might do a couple of koi and other fish. They are not that easy. First of all, the fish has to appear in the water. Tomorrow I am going to try a painting with more surface reflections.
Friday, September 2, 2016
I am starting September with the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. We will see how this goes. I have very limited painting supplies for the next 9 days and will be traveling 3 of those days. We will see how this goes.
Seahorses are small and hard to photograph. They are usually in dark tanks in aquariums. I did get some good photos in Tampa and the Aquarium in Key West have decent light. These creatures seem to be in groups and use there tails to cling to plants. they move with a fin along there back.