Joyce..Ah..Joyce- You are such a studious person and it pays off. Your water drops are wonderful esp. on the flower. It is so well done. The petals are variegated from dark to light. The yellow middle part really pops, and the water drops are convincing. Great job.
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Hi All- I sat down this morning and played with paints. First I mixed Deep Violet, Alizarine Crimson and black, one on top of the others on watercolor paper.Then I used my stiff brush to draw on the wet paints and pushed it around sketching a vase, Turned out the sketch had shady areas from these wet paints. I kept adding things such as an oil lamp, then, a bottle of wine and a glass. Had so much fun creating white areas representing the glass catching lights.
I am posting my sketch now and will do the finished painting later when I am more free.
BTW, my three miniature paintings that I sent to MPSGS (The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.) had all been accepted by a group of jurors for the 79th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature on November 18th through December 29, 2012.
It is wonderful to rejoin you after a long absence and see so many familiar faces (including fairy princess and bear faces).
Sam, that is a wonderful poto of you. I've never forgotten that I learned more about drawing from your monthly "classes" than anywhere else, ever.
I've just retired, have moved from Los Angeles to the Shenandoah Valley, and finally have lots of time to work on art -- hurray! This is my take on the pansy as a learning experience with new watercolor pencils and gouache. It is 3" x 3" on hot pressed paper.. All criticism and comments are welcome.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Sandy, what an interesting technique. You did a terrific job of drawing all those ellipses and you got some really neat colors. I particularly like the lantern. What type of paint were you using? What fun! I'm looking forward to the completion.
Alex, It was so exciting to see that you posted today. You have been missed. If I remember correctly, you like to experiment with a wide range of media. This pansy is soooo lovely. You achieved an almost abstract look but definitely distinguishable as a pansy. What beautiful, exciting colors with a good balance of warm and cool. Great background.
I'm not joking when I say that I'm thrilled that you are back. Congratulation on your retirement. Enjoy!
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Sandi first off congratulations on your miniatures.
Now the question about your lamp, vase and bottle. What medium did you use??? It looks interesting and kind of reminds me of charcoal drawings. Please go into a little more detail.
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SANDI: What a cool experiment and how well you did, I'm truly impressed with what you achieved. can't wait to see it finished.... you should teach us that technique...
congrats on your work being accepted good luck
ALEX: No c&c's from me... I found that to be amazing, I absolutely love the colors and the application, balance everything. Sam was a good teacher to you, Kuddo's to Sam.
Pastel Teachers' hands are usually chalk-full. (by Marsha Ross)
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Alex what a nice little painting. I like the background. I had trouble trying to decide what to do with it in the Pansy painting I did. I like yours better.
James I hope everything went well with your surgery. My eye Dr. said that I am developing cataracts. I can tell because I need more light to read than I once did.
Joyce your raindrops are very impressively done on both paintings great job
Sandi these objects are so well done I also want to know how oil? congrats on being in the exhibition
Alex welcome back hope you keep posting beautiful job on your pansy love the BG
Geri it is great to be able to see clearly the brightness of colors what white really looks like [it was greyer] for several months I only saw a blur with one eye it was done first amonth later the second I am exstatic with the results
Kudos to you all James
Jim C&C welcomed
Thank you sandichot. I'm just hoping I can keep up with all of you!
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(No digital alterations please)
Congratulations Sandi for being accepted into the Juried art show
Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center
Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
First of All-Alex- Welcome back and congrats for your retirement. Your flower is beautiful and yummy. I call every nice colors that mix together Yummy b/c it makes me full of color appreciation.
Thanks for all who congratulate me for being accepted in the Juried show. It really is an honor esp. for my modest ability considering this is only my second year of doing miniature. Last year was my first show that I sold one of the three of my paintings that showed in Florida. Hope to get some more sales.
Answer to Sammy, Geri, Marsha, and James on my sketch. I used Acrylic paints in three colors, Violet, Alizarin Crimson and Black on watercolor paper 140lbs. I first applied Violet, then quickly applied the other two on top of it with a big flat brush. Then switching to Acrylic stiff pointed round brush no.16 I drew lines for the vase then pushed out the black paint to make the flowers on top with the brush. Since all the paints were still wet, I drew quickly and free hand, eyeballing with no measuring device. I keep spraying the paper with water during the process so the paints would stay wet. As I drew I also scratching out the paints for lines and the areas that would show the white areas that supposed to be light reflection on glass. I used the stiff brush to scratch out paint for lines and switch to a small painting knife for big white areas for reflection. The first paint color violet when mixed with Alizarin show up nicely in the petals and glass. All white areas are from paper exposure, no white paint is used.
Hope this is easy to understand. You can see that it's not complicated. It is one of the techniques of miniature painting that we call " the Lift-Out" process but in this case instead of LIFTING out nicely, I SCRATCHED out. (Hint: Don't worry if paper peels out, it will make white areas more white and shine just like glass). I will use clear Gesso to ground the sketch for Oil Pastel.
These are my Foxgloves. The scanner was kind as the original seems harsh to me. The yellowish color inside the right hand second from bottom flower is from the bleach I used to try to take out the pink. I lost a lot of white areas inside some of the flowers and I was making matters worse by trying to do damage control. I added the whiteish beard on the tips of them using a Conte pencil. I really thought I could pull that pink out of the inside of those flowers where I had lost the white reserves but was unable to. I would like to do this sort of flower again but not using the pink color. Maybe a blue or yellow maybe.
Background and flower 5 1/2 x 10 inch. 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.