Monday, April 14, 2014

Watercolor Classes

Monet Reflections  LWatry©
This is my demo painting from a recent watercolor class on painting waterlilies. The students learned how to create glowing lily flowers, how to paint their reflections in the water, saving whites, beautiful greens for lily pads, and layering of washes to enhance the scene.

Below is an image with the students and some of their waterlily paintings. We really enjoyed getting to know each other and further our knowledge of watercolor.

My new summer class listings will be out soon. The classes will include a Beginning watercolor class and several 2 and 3 day workshops for beginning to advanced students, from June to August.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Carrie's Creations: Friday Feature: Lorraine Watry

Please check out my interview on fellow artists blog, Carrie's Creations.

Carrie's Creations: Friday Feature: Lorraine Watry: "Shows Over" watercolor by Lorraine Watry Hi Everyone, Today I have an amazing artist as our Friday Feature, Lorraine Watry....

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Watercolor on Aquabord of Monet's Lilies in Giverny

Monet's Lilies - L.Watry ©2014
I just finished this painting of waterlilies from an image that I took during our trip to France and Monet's gardens in Giverny.

This painting was done on Aquabord. If you haven't painted on Aquabord, it is a fun surface. The clay of the Aquabord gives the painting a matte feeling compared to watercolor paper. It is very easy to lift on Aquabord, however I sometimes still use a little masking if I want to save an area to keep totally white.

I started the painting by using transfer paper to get my drawing onto the board. You can draw directly on the board too. After I had the drawing ready, I used a little masking for the bubbles in the water and to save a few of the edges of the lily pads to paint later. I then began painting from the top or background of the water down. I painted the dark background water wet-in-wet and later went back after this area had dried and lifted a few more lines of the lights.

I used Daniel Smith quinacridone rose and a little opera to paint the pink lilies and various mixtures of cobalt, ultramarine blue, aureolin yellow, new gamboge, green-gold, and olive green to paint most of the green leaves. Parts of the undersides of some of the leaves also have some of the quiacridone rose in them.

Layering on Aquabord is more difficult than on regular watercolor paper, but it is possible. You need to keep your brush sort of floating over the surface and don't get scrubby with it or you will move the lower layers.

I will finish this painting on Aquabord by sealing it with 4 or 5 coats of Krylon's archival matte finish sealer. Then it will be ready to frame without glass.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Watercolor Skies

Pikes Peak Sunrise  LWatry©2014
I recently taught a class on painting skies in watercolor. The painting to the left of Pikes Peak is one of the finished demo paintings that I did for the class.

Before I began the painting, I masked the moon in the upper right and masked the edge of the mountain so that I could paint in my sky without having to worry about painting around those areas.

The sky in this painting was done wet-in-wet. I started by painting clear water onto the sky area and then I used peaches, pink and blues to paint in the colors of the sky. I let the colors bleed together so that they would have soft edges. The blue is ceruelian blue and the peaches were made from permanent rose and aureolin yellow.

Because this is a sunrise scene, the land needed to reflect some of the same colors that are in the sky. So, the white snow area received a wash of some of the peachy pinks that are in the sky. Then I used some purple to add the shadows. The lower part of Pikes Peak was painted with muted or grayed down colors and I let the color fade at the bottom to give it a misty effect.

There are many techniques and ways to portray skies. Experiment and have fun, don't over work them. Some of the best skies are done with minimal brushstrokes and the color and water is left to mingle and create exciting passages.

Friday, December 6, 2013

One-of-a-Kind Hand Painted Glass Ornaments

One-of-a-kind, hand painted Ornaments by Lorraine Watry ©2013
During this time of the year, I like to take a short break from my watercolors and paint with acrylics on glass ornaments. These one-of-a-kind ornaments are a fun way to create little paintings that can be hung on a a tree. 
     I purchase the ornaments at a local craft store. I begin by painting the front of the ornament with white acrylic. When this is dry, I lightly sketch in pencil my design and then using acrylic paint, I paint in the scene. Some images go quickly and others need several layers and more detail. When the paint is completely dry I may add some glitter or crystal beads to some of the ornaments to make the snow sparkle. 
     The finished ornaments are then sprayed with three coats of an archival sealer to protect them and give them a glossy look. These ornaments are headed to the gallery I am at in Old Colorado City, Arati Artists Gallery. They are priced at $30 each. If you are interested in purchasing any of the ornaments seen here, please contact me on this link - Lorraine Watry.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Watercolor of Colored Glass

Glass Menagerie by Lorraine Watry ©2013
I started this painting as a demonstration for a class I was teaching this summer on painting glass in watercolor. I don't usually paint still-lifes but the reflections and detail in the glasses were exciting. I began by setting up and rearranging all the glass pieces that I collected for the class. Then I tried setting them up with different backgrounds both inside and outside to provide different lighting. I ended up choosing this scene because I liked the contrast that the wooden bird statues played against the blue bird and all the other glass. It also felt like there was a story.
     The next step was to block out all the highlights with masking fluid. It is better to save more whites in the beginning because you can always paint some of them out later. Then I started with the upper right corner and just started painting the shapes in the white glass bowl. Having strong contrasts and looking for all the little abstract shapes when painting glass is important.
     One of the changes I made from my photograph was to paint the little glass pieces around the blue bird red instead of the blue that they are in the photograph. I did this for two reasons. The first was that the red helped the blue bird stand out more and the second reason was to spread the red around the painting a little more.
     After finishing a painting, especially a busy one like this, it is important to look at it for a while to make sure there are no areas that need adjusting. I looked at my painting from across the room and in different light, I also looked at in reverse in a mirror and saw a few areas that I wanted to adjust. After making the adjustments, I removed the masking that had saved the white of the paper and painted in the areas that needed color. The rest of the masked areas were cleaned up by painting some of the surrounding color to make them look less cut out or I scrubbed some of their edges to soften them to look like highlights on the glasses, ex. as seen on the green goblet in the upper right hand corner.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Watercolor Study for Parrot Painting

A Little to The Left - Color Study ©LWatry
This is a color study for a larger painting. Color studies are great tools to help a watercolor artist have a "plan of action" before starting a painting. A color study can be any size and done to any level of completion. These studies can help the artist decide where to start, what colors to use, and what possible composition adjustments that may need to be made.

When I began working in watercolor, I used to do very complete color studies like this for most of my paintings. It was a way to get a lot of the planning for the painting figured out before going on to the actual painting.

Now, I usually only do a color study when I haven't worked with a subject before or some aspect of a painting. I did this color study to show the students of a class I was teaching. The size of this study is 6.5 x 4.75 inches. It became a nice little painting in itself and helped me decide my plan of attack for the larger painting.

This painting is for sale on Daily Paint Works.You can follow this link to bid on these brightly colored parrots: "A Little To The Left" by Lorraine Watry.