Monday, April 29, 2013
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.
Image Size 44" x 13"
Monday, April 22, 2013
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. 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.
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.
Image Size 11" x 30
Monday, April 15, 2013
Image Size 5" x 7"
Monday, April 8, 2013
I primed the panel with bright orange and let bits of it peek through the colors to add some sparkle.
Image size 6" x 6"
Monday, April 1, 2013
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.
Red, Red, Red
Image Size 5" x 7"