This project was a collage, and I choose pictures that had to do with sea creatures. I then painted onto a very large canvas in oil paints. I learned a lot about myself through this painting. Patience is a virtue for sure. Many hrs spent on this. I don't think I will do this again in the future, unless of course its a commission.
Im trying something new. Oil paints. They are super fun, buttery and creamy and vibrant. I love them. This is an analogous painting, meaning using 3 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. I used shades of alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and purple. I thought this appropriate for the theme of this painting. Americas fascination with being thin and yet eating fast food at the same time. Notice the super sized diet pills in the left and corner.
I found this great book on Watercolors entitled Terry's Top Tips for Watercolour Artists by Terry Harrison, and I love it. Today I practiced some tree techniques from Terry's book. I found the book very helpful.
This weeks challenge was the word "fearless". I immediately thought of all the upcoming graduation party's coming up soon. Its so hard as parents to watch your children grow up and leave the nest. Congrats to all those graduating soon. If you like it, and know of someone graduating soon take a peak in my Etsy shop. I have this card up for sell.
I painted this for a Doctor in Ensenada Mexico who has helped me feel so much better recently. He practices out of the cutest building, and because he has helped me so much, I want to give this to him as a gift. Hope he likes it. Here is the real picture I worked from.
I decided to participate in this weeks challenge at illustration friday's web site. Every week a new word is added to the challenge, and this weeks word was "AHEAD". I came up with this little illustration in mind. Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday.
Today I finished up this little painting. I have been experimenting with colored pencils and oil paints. I found product that I love called Liquin Original from Windsor & Newton. It smooths out the colored pencil and oil paints, and dries the oils pretty quickly. Down below are a few photos that I saw on a blog a couple of weeks ago. For the life of me I can't find out who posted these pictures below. If anyone remembers who these pictures belong to can you let me know? I thought I would use them as inspiration for "Red Head with a View".
Last weekend, my family and I went to Dana Point, CA for a little getaway surf weekend. I am not a surfer, but I was excited to spend my weekend on the beach painting. However, it was sooooooo cold that I really wasn't that inspired to paint. I struggled for a bit, and I must say I am not happy with this painting. I must also admit that I usually only like to post my best drawings or paintings, but I think that as an artist, most of us deal with only so so work on occasion. Therefore I want to post this and maybe I will learn something from it, like not expecting perfectionism from myself with every piece of artwork.
Does this even make sense?.....hmmmm.
Sun came out briefly on this shot.
Me, freezing cold waiting for my husband and daughter to come in from surfing.
My daughter Tatum and my husband Helmut, and my daughter Capri, boogie boarding in the sand.
I wanted to add to my blog a great book that I have been listening to while I paint or even do housework.
Its called "The Swan Thieves" by Elizabeth Kostova. Click here to see a quick video blog about the book. www.youtub.com/watch?v=v2Cp943_gqA
If you are a painter, I think you will definitely enjoy reading this or hearing it.
Well, Its been awhile since I've posted. I get into a rut, and then I snap out of it. This little 9 x 12 painting was fun to make. I used oil paints which I've always had problems with in the past. I love the brilliance of oil paints though, and I would love to master them better.
I enjoyed my weekend in Baja this last weekend. My parents have this lovely view from their balcony. Im jealous. Back to the grind this week, but I have this little painting to remember my fond memory of Mexico.
Usually I am a very tight painter, but i would like to change my style up a bit. This was my first attempt at it. I must say I was nervous. I need lots more practice at it. I found an awesome watercolorist on YouTube. Check him out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hufRxne3aQ. I just love this mans work. His name is Ng Woon Lam.