Sunday, November 2, 2014

Winter Landscape Watercolor

"Where the Tree Tops Glisten" LWatry©2014
I have started my Christmas card early this year. I started creating a winter scene painting for our cards about 11 years ago. This year I am teaching a snow scene class and so I am using the opportunity to create our Christmas card at the same time.

I chose to do a painting from a photo that I took after a big snow storm in Colorado Springs. For my Christmas cards, I started adding an ornament or two to make it a little more festive, but still keep the look of a quiet snow scene.

"Where the Tree Tops Glisten" LWatry©2014
I started the painting by masking off the foreground branches, snow, and pine needles. I also masked off the little dots of white where the ice collected on the ends of the pine needles. I added 5 ornaments to the drawing to make it a Christmas scene. Then I started painting in the background snow and trees. I used some sponging and some direct painting with a brush. I did several layers and changes of value so that there would be depth in the back.

After the background snow and trees were to a place that was looking good, I started the foreground branch.The second image shows the progress with the snow shadowed and some of the needles and branches going in. I also painted in the 5 ornaments in red so that they would stand out against the cooler colors. I used a slightly warmer brown and gray brown on the branches so that they would look sunlit and closer than the cooler background trees. I still have some of the masking on the little sparkles of ice snow on the needles. I will continue with the foreground branch and post the final painting when it is complete.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Poured Watercolor

"Viewing Paris From The Orsay" LWatry©2014
"Viewing Paris From The Orsay" is my newest painting and it will be going to Arati Artists Gallery in Colorado Springs as part of my Featured Artist month in November.

This is not a typically poured painting where you use pure color and mix them together on the paper to create your final color. I did some pure color and one pre-mixed color to create the darks of the painting quickly.

The darks of this painting were poured watercolor. To pour the paint I first had to block all the lighter areas with masking fluid and some masking tape. I started masking by trying to use masking tape and cutting out the shapes, but it didn't work very well. I was having a hard time remembering which area I needed to take out and which to leave with tape protecting it. Also, some of the shapes were very small or detailed and hard to cut around.

So, I started again and used masking fluid to block off my light areas. Then I mixed up a dark with Prussian Blue and Pyrrol orange for the upper section of the painting. I also prepared some separate containers of pyrrol orange, peacock blue, and carbazole violet to mix with the dark and provide some changes of color in the dark shadow areas.

To start the pour, I wet the whole painting and began pouring the darks on at the top of the painting, I mixed in some of the other dark color and then lifted my board and tipped it to get the colors moving.

After I finished the pour, I let it dry completely and then removed all the masking. Some of the edges of the dark areas needed to be straightened out and cleaned up before I could continue painting. The light gray and the background city view were painted in next. I had  to make the left side of the foreground figures of my original pour darker because they weren't working and I painted this in directly with a brush.

I am pleased with the final painting and enjoyed using pouring as part of the process even though it was messy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirty

"Camera, Colors, Cup of Cocoa, Create, Clouds, Car, Complete"
Day 30 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge and I have "Completed" the challenge!

When I decided to do the challenge I chose to work with a theme to give myself some direction. The theme I ended up settling on was -Alliteration in the Titles. So, my paintings had to contain things that started with the same sound. I am glad I chose this theme because I ended up painting a lot of different things that I might not normally paint or paint together in the same painting.

The final painting is not really busy, but it ended up with 8 'C' words in the image - Camera, Colors, Cup, Cocoa, Create, Clouds, Car, and Complete.

I like how the camera strap feels like a road that the car is traveling on, the colored papers look like colorful fields, and the steam rising from the cup of cocoa could be creating the clouds in the background. I decided to ad an image in the lens of the camera for interest but also to show the Finish Line has been reached or Completed.

Thanks for following along on this painting journey! Today's painting "Camera, Colors, Cup of Cocoa, Create, Clouds, Car, and Complete" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.

Monday, September 29, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty NIne

"Toys, Tazo Tea, Toast, and Tic-Tac-Toe" LWatry©2014
Day 29 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge and my alliterative title begins with 'T' words - "Toys, Tazo Tea, Toast, and Tic-Tac-Toe".

I wanted to paint a few of the toys I had sitting around my studio, yes they are mine. But, I couldn't seem to figure out what to put with them. Then I hit upon the tea and toast. The tic-tac-toe came to me as I was headed to bed.

The toast was interesting to paint. I couldn't quite get the crumbly feel on the surface until I used a small sea sponge and got just the right texture. And of course after taking my photos for the painting, I drank the tea and ate the toast. Killing two birds with one stone, as they say.

This painting, "Toys, Tazo Tea, Toast, and Tic-Tac-Toe" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty Eight

"Chickadees, Chess, Checkmate" LWatry©2014
Day 28 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I chose to tackle a painting that I thought would be a lot of work and time. But, after I got going on it, I found my process of painting the chess pieces and moved along fairly quickly.

The chess set is a huge human size set from a photo I took on vacation. So, I have shrunk it down to work with the chickadees. I decided to try Quinacridone Burnt Orange for the main color in the brown pieces and I loved working with it. It is a very vibrant color and I didn't have to do many layers because of that.

I chose to have the background be a bright blue and some of the blue reflects into the lighter areas of the chess pieces.

The chickadee that is flying adds a bit of motion to an otherwise static scene.

"Chickadees, Chess, Checkmate" is a 6"x6" watercolor and is available on Daily Paintworks for $150 (framed). Click here to purchase.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty Seven

"Lego, Limes, and Lamp Light" LWatry©2014
Day 27 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days found me back playing with toys again! This time the painting is "Lego, Limes,and Lamp Light".

The Lego was from my sons childhood collection and the lamp is an old lamp base that came from my Grandma.

I had fun trying to create the feeling of light in the scene from the lamp. There is an upper light and a lower light on this lamp.

The Lego was actually pretty easy to paint. They are made of bright colors and only took a few strokes of paint to create the shapes and shadows.

"Lego, Limes, and Lamp Light" is a 6"x6" watercolor available for purchase on Daily Paintworks for $150 (framed). Click here to purchase.

Friday, September 26, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty Six

Day 26 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. Today's painting is inspired by the beautiful fall colors of the Colorado Aspen changing colors. The painting is titled "Apple, Aspen, and Album".

I decided to make the photos in the album soft focus or blurred so that they wouldn't distract from the foreground apple and aspen leaves. I started the painting by blocking off some of the leaves and painted in the photos using wet-in-wet washes of color.

When I was taking my picture I looked for the shadows of the leaves to add interest to the scene. I also changed some of the colors of the leaves to make sense of the jumble on the stem and give them fall coloring.

"Apple, Aspen, and Album" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $150 (framed). Click here to purchase.