Alex and Sarah...Your tiny paintings are so beautiful and have so much to see in such a small space. Here is one I bought years ago from a street artist in New Orleans. I paind about $70 dollars for it and it had the green matt with it. It is gouache with what looks like an acrylic background. The detail in the bird is amazing but the photo only shows it to some extent. It is aprox. 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch with a 8x10 purple mat.
C&C's are welcome.
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Catherine, this is an exquisite tiny angel and the artist clearly painted it with love. I can see why you purchased it!
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Marsha, thinking of you last night and hope everything went well!
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All of you that have been doing the tiny paintings have done a fantastic job. Headrth you are truly exceptional. I ordered a bunch of artist and watercolor magazines from Northlight and threw in a pkg of pastel ATC cards and thought I might give it a try.
By the way those of you that are not wearing green today I owe them pinch.
C and C always welcomed
Hello Alex.....no, the full length one was for the Challenge.
1.5" square water colour ...quite different to your lovely loose style.
When I paint this small I use Chinese brushes and brushes specially made for miniature painting.
Ok. I've never seen anyone here post a painting of water but I'm sure you all have done it before. Here is my attempt at water. There is more to painting water than you think. I want to paint the Riverwalk photo challenge but need to learn how to paint water. This was from a step-by-step by Annie Strack and she had a rubber boat tied up to the big ship. I decided it was all about the water and just left the rubber boat out. I lost my light areas and since I don't use white unless my life depended on it, I had to go with what I had. I think she might have mixed some white in her painting but she didn't say she did. 6x8 1/2 inch. on 140 lb. student wc paper. It really buckled on me and next try will be using a better paper and also a rough paper.
thanks for letting us see your cherub...particularly like the shoulder/wings and the bird...probably a chaffinch.
My door name plaque depicts two cherubs leaning on a ledge.
I paint lots of water...so know how difficult it is........try to make your brush strokes look as if they are moving...e.g. not straight lines and the waves or movement diminish in size as they recede.
Catherine, great idea to do a study on painting water!
my small paintings are ACEO size but I paint them on HP paper so that there is a border to them if I ever wanted to frame them.
Water is so beautiful but it is going to take practice to learn the skill of painting it. It's relaxing actually and I enjoyed painting it even if it pales in comparison to Annie Stracks version of it. That's ok. I'm not competitive and am almost over beating myself up for not being perfect ;)
Hello Catherine.....just a simple harbour water scene...there are so many different ways of painting water but this is the nearest I have to what I think you want???
Geri, thanks so much for the tip on the sale! I appreciate it.
Catherine, I admire that you spend time developing the fundamentals of any project you take on.
Your water looks really nice Sarah. The lesson didn't say whether she wet the entire paper first but she did say she did wet on wet in some areas. She also used two colors I don't have. One is a violet and one is an Indigo. I'm not sure where she used those colors but it looks like she did use some violet in the shadows on the front of her boat. There was a lot of an almost black in her water area next to the boat and that was really hard to achieve for me. I'm also not sure how to show depth yet and other than finding the lightest color and putting that in first, I wasn't sure whether to cover the entire body of water with that light color or put it here and there. It seems you need to establish a base/fondation wash first. She did use a mop brush and I have one of those along with a flat brush to add movement. Your work next to the canal wall where it meets the water is just beautiful.
Thank you Alex. It seems the more I learn about something the more I enjoy painting it. And of course there is also the old "pratice makes perfect" lesson. :)
After looking at the painting I just posted I realized that I needed to add a better line along the bottom of the boat. It looked "bent" in the area of the yellow reflections so I corrected that. Looks a little better now. my paper is warped and it's hard making changes. But it's a practice so. grrr still looks bent! Ok. one more tweak lol