Friday, December 10, 2010

Abstract Surprise

Have you ever done something without any intentions of doing so that ended up as a total surprise?  This is the case with this.  This was not an intended painting of any kind.  In truth was a sheet of paper with practice marks and brush strokes between palette knife and flat brush.  I went to pitch in the trash and it grabbed me.  The more I looked at what was sitting on that piece of paper, the more I liked it.  A surprise abstract to my eyes that for me is captivating and I know very little about abstracts.   Even my family fell in love with it which is a great surprise considering they lean towards realism in painting.

For me this represents my love of forests and exploring what hidden treasures nature has to share with us.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Wishes

Taking one of my winter scenes painted this year, I've used a little creativity and Photoshop to design my 2010 Cyber Christmas Card. 

This was loads of fun to do and shows what we can do with our artwork in addition to matting and framing for wall display.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Surreal Landscape

This landscape started out using simple brush strokes with a 1 inch bristle flat working wet in wet followed by a 3/8" angular and #6 Round.  With no idea or reference to work from, I just played allowing the scene to develop on its own. 

To me the ending results has this dreamy or surrealistic feel to it.  Probably due to the wet in wet soft edges and simple brush strokes suggesting most of the landscape elements. 

Painted on Fabriano Artistico 140lb Cold Press paper using Daniel Smith pigments - Fr Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and a touch of Sap Green.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Greeting Card Idea in Watercolor

Sometimes when I sit down trying to motivate myself to paint, I'll just pick some pigment up on my brush and start applying to paper........having absolutely no idea in mind what I might want to do or end up with. 

This is the results of playing with left over palette paint mixes and a #10 Round on a corner of a scrap piece of Bockingford paper.  There in the corner of the paper, it really didn't look like much but add a mount and it took on a different look.   Measuring only about three inches in height gave me what one could use as a greeting card possibility.

A Bit of Color Fantasy

Nothing fancy ........ was playing with primary colors and a #10 Round and this came to life on a scrap piece of Bockingford 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. 

Colors used were Fr Ultramarine, Quin Rose, and Cad Yellow.  Also used Indigo to darken areas while still wet.
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