Scraperboard, or “scratchboard,” is probably an unexpected substrate for watercolor, but I find it a fun combination. I’ve been creating pieces in this medium since my elementary school days. Whereas in watercolor one works from light to dark, in scraperboard it is the opposite: the black layer is scraped away with various tools, from sharp-edgedContinue reading “Watercolor on Scraperboard”
This group of Canada geese is only complex because it comprises three values: dark, mid-value and pale; otherwise, the shapes are simple. So the question is: what value is best for the setting? I chose a dark mid-value to contrast the black necks and also the white wake, but added value variation – lighter aroundContinue reading “Emphasizing A Complex Subject”
Here is the first stage of a painting of a monarch butterfly on seaside goldenrod. While the contour drawing of the insect is carefully drawn, the goldenrod stalks (hardly visible here) and the first wash of colors are loosely laid in. You’ll note at this stage that value is relatively light, especially where planned darksContinue reading “Summery Imagery”
Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT consistently features high-quality, exquisite and special pieces by many fine artists and artisans. It’s worth a visit, whether in person or online, any time of year for your home decor and gift-giving needs – or just to take in some creativity – because new exciting works of art areContinue reading “Take In… and Relish”
Here is the step-by-step sequence to paint another view of Switzerland’s beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, known for its many tall waterfalls. (I can’t get enough of this scenery.) When the sky wash was dry, I painted the cliff profiles using a mix of Brown Madder and Cerulean, keeping the neutral color slightly warm in temperature, andContinue reading “A Mountain Valley and Then Some”
Stunning mountain scenery dominates the landscape in southern Germany and Switzerland. It can take one’s breath away. I recall that the trails were more populated than others when I painted the piece above; people headed back and forth to a large aqua lake fed by glacier water. We picnicked there but then moved on becauseContinue reading “Painting While Traveling, Part 2”
A year ago almost to the day I departed with four of my family for a three-week trip to Germany and Switzerland, two beautiful countries everyone should visit. We spent a few days with my mother’s family in Germany’s Black Forest (above is a small painting of her hometown) and then went to Switzerland’s LauterbrunnenContinue reading “Painting While Traveling, Part 1”
These two vastly different paintings were each done in a day, the smaller one this morning and the larger one last Thursday. The size of each affected brush handling and paint applications. Both were done actually quite quickly, but the smaller had more challenges for me, perhaps because my hand is not as steady orContinue reading “A Painting A Day”
Bright color paired with value can make a striking painting. The first stage of this pink flamingo was loosely and abstractly painted across sketched shapes. (Photos of the images in this post were taken outdoors, so lighting is inconsistent.) Feathers are suggested with form shadows using color, still quickly and loosely painted. Perhaps difficult toContinue reading “Working with Color”
Combining the contrasting textures of rough rock and soft fur was yesterday’s challenge in my painting class. I began by demonstrating laying in harmonizing color in subject and background and then set about lifting paint away, as seen by the circular blobs in this image. Next, mid-value cast shadows were roughly painted. The side ofContinue reading “Rough and Soft Textures”
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