Painting While Traveling, Part 2

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”

Painting While Traveling, Part 1

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”

A Painting A Day

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”

Working with Color

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”

Rough and Soft Textures

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”

A Winter Landscape

This was done as a demo yesterday – a cold day in late spring here – for my painting class, and this time it’s posted in start-to-finish sequence. First I added clean water in a large swath to the bottom half of the sky/distant trees space, right up to the hard edges of house andContinue reading “A Winter Landscape”

Depicting An Animated Subject

Silky terriers seem to be highly active dogs, so to convey that with these three, I framed them against grass and pavement shapes that cross the composition diagonally. I could have also blurred some shape edges to communicate the same. They are focused on something beyond the confines of the space, as if ready toContinue reading “Depicting An Animated Subject”

Adding Interest to Green Foliage

One way to sustain a viewer’s attention in a painting is to vary its elements. Green is a dominant color in this landscape and varies from pale to dark and from yellow to blue. I decided to contrast the dark foreground with a very pale, bright middle ground (the yellow field) and a mid-value backgroundContinue reading “Adding Interest to Green Foliage”

Painting Shapes of Opposite Colors

Keeping opposite colors bright when they are adjacent in a watercolor painting is often a challenge, even for accomplished watercolorists. Such colors are those like red and green that sit opposite each other on a standard color wheel. In this painting, the purple-red flower clashes with the yellow-green background, but that contrast helps emphasize theContinue reading “Painting Shapes of Opposite Colors”

Dramatize A Drab Subject

An object of neutral color in gray or brown can be enhanced with dazzling light and a colorful background. Work from light to dark. Paint a mid-value around brightly lit form shapes on the subject and supporting shapes, as shown here on birds and sedum. Note some white patches in the sedum, suggesting their litContinue reading “Dramatize A Drab Subject”

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