Monday, October 28, 2013
Anyway, I've got a lot of older watercolor paper (I had a little too much fun buying art supplies for awhile) so when I start a painting and the sizing is no longer there, I coat the paper with matte medium which seals the paper. It creates a different surface than sizing does because when the paper is sealed, the paint sits on the surface, which can be good and bad. Lifting paint becomes very easy but care must be used when glazing so that previous layers aren't lifted. Also, it's harder to build deep darks.
In this case, I didn't seal this paper. I had really saturated the paper with water and when the wave didn't seem to be working the way I had intended, I decided to paint an abstract. I really do love abstract paintings but don't paint them too often because I find them hard to do because I'm such a literal and realistic painter.
This is painted with transparent watercolor and I also used some watercolor crayons and Derwent 'Inktense' watercolor pencils. Such fun!
I think I like the painting with this orientation the best but I also like it in a horizontal format with the darker part on the bottom. Which way do you like best?
Image Size 22" x 15"
Monday, October 21, 2013
This is another oil painting but I think I will be switching back to watercolor. I enjoy it so much more. I feel like I'm always fighting with oil paints and I really prefer the flow of watercolor and thinned acrylics over the thickness of oil paint.
Image Size 12" x 6"
Monday, October 14, 2013
I've always loved the photo from which this was painted. It was taken in Torcello, Italy which is one of the islands by Venice, near Burano and Murano islands. Each of those three islands are completely different and each has a special charm. Torcello is a very quiet, calm island with very few tourists, which was a nice change from the rest of our vacation. This funny little boat really did have that unusual shape. Those Italians are very creative. : )
Image Size 16" x 20"
Monday, October 7, 2013
Image size 15" x 22"
Image size 15" x 22"