Shiloh early stages

Here is where the Shiloh commission painting stands now.  I will be working on it further this weekend. Once the area around his right eye has more done, I think it will be well along.  

Here’s the board I have handy to work from. The top photo is the principal one, the black and white next to it shows me the values. The bottom right photo shows his ears, the dreadlocks, that I am incorporating. And the bottom left is the initial practice painting. 

I got lost in keeping some of the white areas of his fur, and with watercolor keeping the white paper is imperative. So on the current painting I have a tiny white x  in each area to remind me to keep them white. 

Here are earlier stages of the painting. 

Webbie backgrounds

These pieces are  half sheet size papers created at a class.  We used the polyester fiber that is sold at Halloween time to stretch and becomes spider web like for decorating. We pulled it in various ways and pinned it to wet paper and added colors here and there and let it dry. Aren’t they cool??  They can be used as a background, or negative painted on (darkening certain areas to create another design), cutting or tearing for collage. The possibilities are vast and exciting to think about, including using the technique in a conscious way to create a design before putting down paint.  

What do you see in the paintings?  I see angel wings in the pink. I love the colors of the blue



Cholla blooms in progress

Have I mentioned how much I like taking classes with Laurel Weathersbee? This is the third of four classes with her and I have learned so much.  More on that later, because I am energized from class and want to put that energy into my Shiloh commission.


So bye for now. More later…

 

My Yupo Valentine

Here’s a painting on yupo paper from a Valentine’s bouquet my husband bought me.  

One thing I should point out you should watch with yupo is that oil from fingerprints on the paper act like a resist meaning the paint doesn’t stay there.  Sometimes it fits into your design; sometimes it doesn’t. 

You can see the spots along the bottom which is the vase but I don’t mind it that much.  One place where it does work well is next to the pink purple daisy. The thin straight line acts like a vein in the leaf; it’s also an oil spot. These spots can be removed by wiping rubbing alcohol over the paper even now.  Remember anything can be lifted off of this paper at anytime. 

Cactus by Moonlight

This is a product of a class I’m taking with Laurel Weathersbee,  a fabulous watercolor painter from Las Cruces.  It’s the first time I’ve painted a night scene, and I’m really liking the challenge suggesting dark shapes and soft edges and then highlighting the focal point.  I think this is done but I’m open to suggestions.  wwwhat do you think?

Shiloh in progress

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Here’s where it’s at with earlier shots, and I’m not happy with the eyes, especially the left one and know that I need to save more whites in his fur.  With this one I tried painting wet onto dry paper and have some fur like edges in places, giving myself a map to follow as you can see from the first step below.

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And below is stage 2.  I have to admit even though I’m not happy with the outcome, I am having fun with the process and rethinking my procedures.  Happy with the colors on the whole too which is nice.  I’m doing this on strathmore aquarius and it is a very soft paper and I think I’m going to switch to arches or saunders waterford.

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You can see earlier blog postings in the journey of painting Shiloh.  Here’s where I painted in bed without a pencil sketch and here’s an eye study.

Now that the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge is over, I’ve been painting plein air, taking a painting class, and working on the Shiloh commission.  I just haven’t been blogging about it.  But I will catch up on that. I promise!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

End of Winter day 30

I made it!  30 paintings in 30 days, and it was fun! Hope you had fun too following along.  This is also done on yupo. 

Mountains day 29

Today’s yupo painting is a more controlled one, rather than playing and spritzing and rolling around the pigment, I went in more purposefully. The time flew by.  Yupo may be a very good stress reliever and there are many of us that need a little of that these days!

Flowers day 28

Saturday’s sale at the Sunland Art Gallery was a time of companionship and lots of laughs and lots of sales. We are open one more day, Tues the 31st of January but then it is the end of an era. So if you would like a nice piece of art or print at a very good price, please stop in 10-5 on Tuesday. 
This is a small little yupo piece that was started in our class and finished yesterday.  Not getting around to blogging until today. 

WIP watercolor on Yupo

I had to share this beautiful piece painted by Martha Keim, and done on YUPO. I’m getting excited researching all one can do with watercolors on Yupo and can’t wait to get back to working with it today.

Using my beloved QoR watercolor, this is Michael in his element

Source: WIP watercolor on Yupo