Saturday, September 30, 2006
24 of 9"x12"
12 of 12"x18"
12 of 12"x12"
I haven't painted in a square format for quite some time but the thought of it is pretty exciting.
I ADORE buying art supplies. Something about the smell and quiet of art stores just gives me goosebumps. I was probably only in there for 15 minutes but the pleasure of that trip is still sticking with me.
I cannot wait to crack some of these open and start to work. Has to wait until tomorrow though.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
First I take a 9" x 12" Watercolour block and measure out my space. I can get 8 per sheet.
Then I draw and rework my images with pencil until the composition is satisfactory. Usually they look more or less expressive than the finished card. I find that I try to simplify once the paint is applied.
Then working all over the place I apply the largest, lightest areas, then large colour blocks (usually you can tell when I have done 8 together when there are repeated colours in different cards)
Next I go for the darker blocks and more detailed areas. I finish by doing my outlines (with a very fine brush, no markers or fine tip pens on these) and then I clean up any areas with the original colours.
I really like this latest batch. I've been really trying to push the expression vs. simplicty thing and I feel the results are starting to really show.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
I've told some of my clients and friends that the whole goth girl ACEO thing I've been doing on ebay is something from highschool that I've been working through lately.
I did this self portrait in 1994 from a photo that was taken when I was in Austria. The photographer found it very amusing that I always had to spend 15 minutes lacing up my combat boots.
Anyways, this just goes to show that I really haven't changed that much with what I'm working on. LOL.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Finally, I have a chance to post the finished painting. I really enjoyed working on this and I think my client was pleased. This painting turned out to be a bit trickier than I hoped because there were so many elements to consider, front parts of petal, back parts in shadow, reflections of flowers on the metal surfaces, dull tones of the watering can competing with the bright flowers.
All in all it was a bit of a challenge, thankfully I got it to a place where I was happy with some deadline to spare.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Hmmm. This picture really wanted to be on the left today. Oh well.
So, this is the really rough drawing of the painting. All the colours are
laid out and now I will start laying down deeper colour and keep
defining the image somewhat.