Orange has never been my favorite color. In fact, it's my least favorite color. So....why did I paint these flowers orange?
This was drawn a long time ago. I don't even remember drawing it and don't know what photos I used as reference. This paper was attached to one of my watercolor blocks and I wanted to paint it before I cut it off so that the paper would stay flat, which is the whole purpose of having a watercolor block. I wasn't that motivated to work on it and I didn't want to paint white or pink lilies again so I guess that's why I decided to paint them orange.
The orange paint I usually use, mostly in mixtures so that it's not really orange, is Cadmium Orange. After painting watercolors for 20 years, that tube of paint is finally gone. : ) The only other orange I have is called Brilliant Orange, which is made by Holbein. It's a nice clear color but but it isn't a very strong color. I had to use this almost straight from the tube to get this much color.
This wasn't one of my favorite paintings to work on but the good news is that my watercolor block is now ready for a new project.
This is my first attempt at painting a foggy subject. I'm not sure that I'm happy with the result but it was fun to try. The photo from which I worked was taken by my husband when he was visiting Oregon. It had much less color than this but that lack of color wasn't reading well in the painting so I pushed it a little more. This is painted on Ampersand Aquabord. It's a fun surface that makes it easy to lift paint, which was perfect for this one.
We don't usually have dramatic looking skies here in Southern California. Most of our days are sunny and when we do get rain, we rarely get really cool looking clouds. I have taken a lot of cloud pictures as I've traveled and now I want to do a series of paintings featuring the sky as the focal point.
Today is a rainy day (one of the few we've had this year) so it seems appropriate to post this painting. Of course, our sky is just gray, but I can pretend that it looks like this one. I'm just really happy that we are getting some much needed rain.
This is painted on 300# Arches cold press paper. I'm going to have to crop some of the top because of that annoying watermark that they use on their paper. It's so maddening! I do like the way this paper works for wet into wet painting though. I soaked it and then played with the sky until I was happy with the result. Then I let it dry before painting the ground and trees. That small area was painted wet into wet also.
I know, this doesn't have a very creative name but I get tired of naming paintings and I just wasn't feeling particularly creative today so "Koi" was the best I could do. The inspiration for this painting was a long, skinny piece of plexiglass that I have that I thought I could use for framing so I cut a piece of paper from my watercolor paper roll and decided that Koi would be a fun subject for this long orientation.
My plexi is 48" long and this paper is 44" long which would allow for a mat when I frame it but I think I will cut it down a little bit so that I can use a standard size mat (32" x 40"). I could buy a 40" x 60" mat but I think this painting could use a little cropping so I'll do that instead.
I haven't painted Koi for awhile so it was fun to get back to one of my favorite subjects. Doing multiple glazes on very wet paper gave some really nice effects. This painting has a soft, blurry look which is very different from how my paintings usually look and I'm really happy with the result.
This is my first attempt painting a wave using watercolors. I was excited to try it and I liked the format of this piece of watercolor paper that I had already torn in half (11" x 30") that I was planning to use for another project. It is Arches 300# cold press paper.
The right side of the paper is a bit smoother than the wrong side which I would have liked to use, but I used the wrong side because I didn't want the huge water mark that Arches paper has to show in the painting. There is a little square that you might be able to see in the lower right corner below my signature that is also part of the watermark that always takes the paint darker as though there is no sizing in that area. That has ruined many of my paintings. I still have a lot of Arches paper which I will use until it is gone, but it is no longer my favorite.
Before starting this painting, I saturated the paper so that I could get some interesting soft edges but had forgotten how much the paint moves on this heavy paper when it's really wet. I intended to paint this using only transparent watercolors and didn't want to have the really hard edges that are created from using resist, but had forgotten how much the paint moves on this heavy paper and I lost a lot of my whites. I used white gouache for the edges of the waves and some of the foam area.
This paper was purchased before Arches began offering their bright white paper so this had a bit of a creamy color which actually adds a little dimension to the whites.
I'm excited to try more of these wave paintings using watercolors. I think this has a more luminous feeling that the ones I've painted in oils.
Here's another wave painting. I took lots of pictures of waves while we were in Mexico and I plan to paint a series of them using different mediums and in different sizes. This one is oil and is 5" x 7". With summer coming, these paintings are getting me in the mood for warmer weather and longer days. I hope they have the same effect for those of you that are in colder parts of the country.
I've always like the way radishes look all bundled together in the market with those squiggly roots. Finally, I decided to paint them. I'm not really a fan of having radishes in my salads (or any other part of my meals) but I tried to make them look delicious anyway.
I found out that my banner design didn't make the cut but it was fun to try and I look forward to next year's competition.
Here's a small watercolor sketch done on TerraSkin. I haven't worked on this surface for awhile and am happy to be back to it. It's such a great paper having a lot of the properties of Yupo but the lifting abilities are a bit different.
This photo doesn't really show the painting off very well. It is brighter and the flowers aren't washed out like they show here. I used a different camera than usual and it "blahed" everything out a bit.
Image size 4.5" x 7.5"
Watercolor on TerraSkin
This scene probably looks familiar to you if you follow this blog. I did a poured watercolor painting with a similar scene a few weeks ago. This is a small acrylic painting, 4" x 16", that was painted to enter into a contest. There is a town close to us that is picking artists to paint 4' x 16' banners to hang from light posts during the summer. If my design is chosen, I will have about 6 weeks to paint that large banner on both sides. I think it would be such a fun project. I have no idea what type of design they are looking for or how many people are entering or how many designs they are picking, but I will be keeping my fingers crossed for the next week until I hear whether or not my design is chosen.
I wanted this to look like a wood block print with flat areas of color and black outlines. If this design is chosen, I will be able to make the shapes where the colors connect be an interesting part of the design. That wasn't possible in this small painting.
This took a lot longer to paint that I thought it would. Originally, I wanted to use the colors that were common in the old Japanese wood block prints but it was looking too blah so I re-painted it using brighter colors. I think these bright colors are a better choice for a banner anyway.
I'll let you know when I find out whether or not I get to work on this project.
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