Friday, September 19, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Nineteen

"Tickets, Taffy, Two Player" LWatry©2014
Day Nineteen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge and I have opted for bright and busy! This painting was inspired by a visit to a local arcade with vintage games that you can play for pennies, nickles, dimes, and quarters. The title is "Tickets, Taffy, Two Player".

I started the painting by masking the tickets and taffy and then started painting the very busy background. I liked the shadows the tickets created and the bright light on the other objects.

I added the far left, red, piece of taffy at the very end because I felt like that corner was too empty.

This fun scene, "Tickets, Taffy, Two Player" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Eighteen

"Cookie Cutters, Crayons, and Coffee" LWatry©2014
Day Eighteen's painting of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days actually was completed on Day 19. I had a busy day and didn't like how the painting was starting out. So, late in the evening of the 18th, I decided to start over. I then completed the painting on the 19th. I am much happier with the second version and realized I can only push so fast before I start to lose quality.

I started the painting by masking off the foreground elements of crayons and cookie cutters so that I could paint the counter top surface. I used a mouth atomizer to create the speckled texture.

The cookie cutters lend a story like quality to the scene because they are standing up. At first I had a lot of cookie cutters laying down and more crayons, but it really didn't grab me. So, by playing with the layout some more, I hit upon the final layout.

"Cookie Cutters, Crayons, and Coffee" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available at Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Seventeen

"Card, Candles, Coins, Canary" LWatry©2014
Day Seventeen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days and today is my birthday. So, I decided to create a painting that celebrates birthdays. My mom and dad started a tradition when we were kids of giving us a dime for every year of that birthday. That's why I included the coins and they start with 'C'.

I used a card that I had stored away that my mom and dad gave me a couple of years back. I like how the colors on the card and the candles work together so nicely.

I found an image of a canary and added the notes coming out of it's mouth. I looked up the notes for "Happy Birthday". However, I don't think the final notes are correct. But, I like the added shape they create in that corner of the painting.
"Card, Candles, Coins, Canary" is not for sale.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Sixteen

"Butterfly, Bee, and Baritone" LWatry©2014
Day Sixteen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. This painting is "Butterfly, Bee, and Baritone".

I masked the bee and butterfly and some of the shiny spots on the baritone. A baritone is like a small tuba. I decided to zoom into the baritone instead of showing a larger view so that you could see the bee and butterfly better.

I started by painting the baritone on the right side and then laying down the other various grays. I make my own gray mixes. One of my favorites mixes is cobalt blue, permanent rose, and aureolin yellow.

The bee and butterfly are a nice compliment to the shiny metal.

This painting, "Butterfly, Bee, and Baritone" is a 6"x6" watercolor and is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.

Monday, September 15, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Fifteen

"Compass, Columbine, and Colorado" LWatry©2014
Day 15 of the 30 paintings in 30 days and my alliterative title for my painting is "Compass, Columbine, and Colorado". My mom and dad moved back to Colorado when I was 3, so I concider myself a Colorado native. I love the beautiful landscape of Colorado and Columbine's are the state flower.

I enjoy painting columbines because of their unusual shape. I started this painting by putting a first layer of light paint on the petals of the flower and its stem so that I could tell where the flower was compared to the background map. Then after this dried, I painted the shadow on the map. I did this first so that the lines of the map wouldn't smear. I finished the columbine and then started on the compass.

The compass is a sun dial also and I like the retro or steam punk look it has. I used Quinacridone gold as the base color and a purple mixed with the gold to gray it down for the parts not hit by light. I wanted to put just enough detail on the compass, but not so much that it would take a long time to paint.

The map was finished after the compass and columbine were complete. I finished painting in the main lines of the Colorado highways and some of the other pertinent information. I used a #6 brush with a very fine tip to paint in all the small details on the map.

"Compass, Columbine, and Colorado" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Fourteen

"Chickadees and Chain" LWatry©2014
Day Fourteen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I chose to paint a close up of three Chickadees sitting on a bike chain. I used my husbands bike as the bike source.

If you are wondering how I accomplished this image, I took a picture of the bike and its shadow. Then using my photo software, I added the chickadees from photos that I had taken of each of them in my backyard.

I like the mostly neutral or gray painting with the bright splash of red for a pop of color. I don't use tube grays. I mix all of my grays for an interesting variety.

"Chickadees and Chain" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirteen

"Froot Loops, Flamingos, and Film" LWatry©2014
Day Thirteen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days and I decided to have fun with some items that begin with the letter 'F, namely "Froot Loops, Flamingos, and Film".

I had fun with this fanciful scene and the bright colors. The flamingos are little rubber miniatures that sit on my shelf above my computer.

I began by painting the bright Froot Loops container and the film envelope in the  background. The pieces of cereal were interesting to try and mimic the texture and not make too round or perfect. I like their reflections in the film strips.

"Froot Loops, Flamingos, and Film" is a 6"x6" watercolor and it is available on Daily Paintworks for $90. Click here to purchase.