Saturday, December 13, 2014

Watercolor Painting of Baritones Part 3


I started a painting of my son playing the marching baritone with his high school band in May of this year, 2014. I finished the painting in July of this year. I realized, while looking through some of my blog posts, that I never showed the final steps of the painting. Part One and Part Two are available if you click on the following links: Watercolor Painting of Baritones Part 1 and Watercolor Painting of Baritones Part 2
Baritone Painting LWatry© 2014
In the first two images you can see that I have started working on the instruments to give them a shiny, metallic feeling. The way to do this is to paint the things that are reflected in the surface. So, I look for all the changes of color and value and I also include the places that look shiny white to help with the illusion. Since this is a marching band, they were warming up outside and so there is sky and trees and other things reflected in the metal surfaces.
I continued to work on each of the instruments. There were a lot of abstract pieces in them as well as distorted reflections. The painting is mostly a cool value painting with lots of blues and greens, so I wanted to highlight the oranges and skin tones that I found reflected in the horns and on the figures skin. I tried a variety of grays and ended up mixing small containers of my favorites. I found a new mix that I really liked - Italian burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue make a great gray.  
Even though I was working on the horns a lot at this stage, I kept going back to the skin tones in my sons face and those visible on the other musician's arm and neck. Because I now had a lot more values from dark to light in the painting, I could more accurately judge the skin tones to see if they needed adjustments.

"Fanfare" watercolor by LWatry©2014
Here is the final painting. I love the way the layering of the horns and gloved hands looks. I wanted the foreground horns to be less in focus, so I softened the edges with a damp brush after I finished them. I decided to title the painting "Fanfare" and I think it makes a great memory of my sons time in the Liberty High School marching band!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hand Painted One-of-a-kind Glass Ornament

Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014
It is the Christmas season and I am once again creating my hand painted, one-of-a-kind, glass ornaments. The ornament is 3" in diameter and 1 1/4" in depth. I paint them with acrylics and they are sealed with an archival, crystal clear sealer. They make a great heirloom gift for a friend, a loved one, or for your very own tree.

Winter Scene Ornament: features a beautiful winter day in a woodland forest. Ornament comes with a silver ribbon hanger, mini crystal beads at the top, signed and dated by me, and will be shipped in it's very own gift box.
Purchase for $30 plus shipping and handling.
SOLD

Hand Painted One-of-a-kind Glass Ornament

Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014
It is the Christmas season and I am once again creating my hand painted, one-of-a-kind, glass ornaments. The ornament is 3" in diameter and 1 1/4" in depth. I paint them with acrylics and they are sealed with an archival, crystal clear sealer. They make a great heirloom gift for a friend, a loved one, or for your very own tree.

Aspen Tree Ornament: features golden aspen trees on a bright fall day in Colorado. Ornament comes with a silver ribbon hanger, mini crystal beads at the top, signed and dated by me, and will be shipped in it's very own gift box.
Purchase for $30 plus shipping and handling.

Hand Painted One-of-a-kind Cardinal Ornaments

Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014
It is the Christmas season and I am once again creating my hand painted, one-of-a-kind, glass ornaments. The ornament is 3" in diameter and 1 1/4" in depth. I paint them with acrylics and they are sealed with an archival, crystal clear sealer. They make a great heirloom gift for a friend, a loved one, or for your very own tree.

Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014
Cardinal Ornaments: features bright red Cardinals. Ornament comes with a silver ribbon hanger, mini crystal beads at the top, signed and dated by me, and will be shipped in it's very own gift box.
Purchase for $30 plus shipping and handling.

Although these three cardinal ornaments have sold, a similar ornament can be commissioned. Commissions taken until Dec. 10th to allow time for the creation and shipping before Christmas. If you are interested in commissioning an ornament please contact me through email at: livewiregrafx@yahoo.com
Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014


Hand Painted One-of-a-kind Blue Jay Ornament

Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014
It is the Christmas season and I am once again creating my hand painted, one-of-a-kind, glass ornaments. The ornament is 3" in diameter and 1 1/4" in depth. I paint them with acrylics and they are sealed with an archival, crystal clear sealer. They make a great heirloom gift for a friend, a loved one, or for your very own tree.

Blue Jay Ornament: features a beautiful Blue Jay in an evergreen. Ornament comes with a silver ribbon hanger, mini crystal beads at the top, signed and dated by me, and will be shipped in it's very own gift box.
Purchase for $30 plus shipping and handling.

Hand Painted One-of-a-kind Ornament

Hand Painted Ornament ©LWatry2014
It is the Christmas season and I am once again creating my hand painted, one-of-a-kind, glass ornaments. The ornament is 3" in diameter and 1 1/4" in depth. I paint them with acrylics and they are sealed with an archival, crystal clear sealer. They make a great heirloom gift for a friend, a loved one, or for your very own tree.

Bear Ornament: features a grizzly bear walking through the falling snow. Ornament comes with a silver ribbon hanger, mini crystal beads at the top, signed and dated by me, and will be shipped in it's very own gift box.
Purchase for $30 plus shipping and handling. 

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.