Saturday, January 23, 2016

Self Portrait in Watercolor


Reflections of Mystelf ©2016
I am a member of a cooperative gallery in Colorado Springs. During our winter months when the gallery traffic is a little slower we don't have featured artists in the front windows, but do group shows instead. This year we decided to have some theme months from January to March. We chose to do self-portraits for January.

I decided to have fun and not do a conventional self portrait. I love to paint metal and glass and I new my sons baritone would make a great way to get a reflection of myself. The horn automatically flipped my reflection upside down, adding to the fun of the image.

I did not want to spend a lot of time on this painting because I had to fit it in around other paintings, classes, and the holidays. So, instead of masking a lot more of the lights in the horn, I only masked the whites and tiny highlights. You might be able to see a little masking fluid on this first image.

After masking, I started on the grays of the baritone and then jumped over to work on my self portrait. I figured if I didn't get my face right, I could start over before I got to far into the painting. One of my favorite grays to make now is ultramarine blue and italian burnt sienna.

Reflections of  Myself ©2016
I continued working around the painting. You can see some of the other reflections in the horn now. I also started the blue water bottles that were behind the baritone and reflecting in the metal.

I wanted the paint on the palette in front to be warmer and provide a contrast to the blues and greens in the back. For the palette, I used pure pigment, and put it on pretty heavy, so that it would appear solid like the paint in my real palette.

I started to add more darks (mixing ultramarine and italian burnt sienna as dark as it would go). As, the painting neared completion, I added some warm reflections in the horn and completed my hand in the lower left. I like to start my skin tones with a warm mix of cadmium red and aureolin yellow. Then I add layers of other mixes.

The last time I did a self portrait was college. I am actually pleased with the final painting.
Reflections of Myself ©2016
Reflections of Myself ©2016

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Time Flies When Having Fun With Watercolor!

I can't believe it has been almost a year since my last post to my blog! This last year has flown by and I have decided to make an early resolution to get back to adding a post to my blog at least once a month. I took time earlier this year to update my website, www.LWatryStudio.com, and I have been busy teaching classes, entering juried competitions, and taking workshops.

The following paintings started as my demo pieces for some of my classes:
Watercolor - Guarding the Gold by Lorraine Watry
Watercolor "Guarding the Gold" ©LWatry 2015

This painting was for my class - "Closeup on Trees and Rocks". I had taken this picture of a chipmunk among the gold aspen leaves. It fit perfectly for the tree and rock class with the rough textured stone that the chipmunk is standing on. The little tree and the aspen trunk in the background satisfied the tree part of the class. I love the dramatic lighting of the image and the warm glow of the gold leaves.

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Watercolor "Blue Birds Fly" by Lorraine Watry
Watercolor "Blue Birds Fly" ©LWatry 2015
"Blue Birds Fly" was for my bird watercolor class, as you may have guessed. I took the picture of these blue birds several years ago and always wanted to paint it. It was a snowy, cold day and the birds were on their way through Colorado. Their bright blue colors and fluffy feathers were a nice contrast to the neutrals and hard angles of the fence.   Sold

Watercolor "Through the Ages" by Lorraine Watry
Watercolor "Through the Ages" ©LWatry 2015

In June, I taught a pouring watercolors workshop and my demo painting was "Through the Ages". This image came from my photo of a sculptural piece on the side of a building in Paris. The photo was all in grays. For the pouring workshop we masked all of the layers, starting with white and then poured the watercolor. We kept  masking the next value and pouring color until only the darkest value was left unmasked to receive our darkest color. After removing all of the masking fluid, I went back and added some texture and value to some of the areas.
Watercolors "Show Stoppers", "Bufflehead Duck Reflections"
and "Spectacular Sunrise" ©LWatry 2015

I also taught an aspen class, a reflections in water class, and a dramatic skies class. My demo paintings for these classes are to the left.

I just finished my class listings for the winter/spring of 2016 and they are now available for viewing on my website at:
www.LWatryStudio.com/classes.html
If you live in the Colorado Springs area or will be in town, perhaps one of my classes will fit into your schedule. I am also available to give workshops in other locations.

 I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with art!


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.