First day on Kirsten painting
this will give me an idea of the composition for my next painting. First I draw in roughly the subject matter. Second I blocked in the major shapes and then third, I place the local color. Then the hard stuff starts, that will be Monday or Tuesday.
I'm working from a photo I took of my grand daughter looking out a window so I will have strong shadows and highlights. I sure hope it turns out the way I want it.
Below are photos of each step! I hope to finish this in about another week or two.
with the help of my two teaching buddies (on the left). They help to teach gesture drawing. I have a few people that have come to me and asked about lessons, so I decided to do lessons through Sept. I have started missing teaching recently, maybe because August is here again and school is in the air. My studio is small so I won't be able to teach but one or two at a time. I only want to teach one day a week in the morning and evening. If weekly lessons don't work out, I'll try having workshops on Saturdays.
I worked on composition ideas for my next painting in Acrylics today. Below are photos of what else I did today.
watercolor 14" x 18" I think
I'll check it again tomorrow when I go to the studio. I think I'm going to do an acrylic next, it is just easier. There is a dark green area that is still bothering me in the painting.
I plan on starting something new at the studio tomorrow and start a new pen and ink for here at the house.
I also need to clean the studio tomorrow because it's going to be a busy week-end. I need to get three paintings to two different show's drop offs Sat. morning. Two plein air pieces to Nashville and a watercolor to Clarksville. I'll also be volunteering to help with the Clarksville Watercolor Show Sat. morning. But after that, I'm free!!!!!
Below are the steps again to the watercolor above.
watercolor, Work in Progress
I worked on the watercolor again. I should finish tomorrow. I took a break and went by my old studio to visit a friend. I really enjoyed talking with her. I love that building, it's old and beautiful. I got back to the studio and continued to work on the watercolor. I think I might have gotten too dark to quick in places. I'll look at it first thing tomorrow morning and see what I need to do to finish it. I know it needs more details over all. It's just not working for me just yet.
below are the steps so far
14" x 11" watercolor with ink.
I didn't stay very long at the studio, I had a headache. While I was there I worked a little on the foreground on the watercolor. I had paperwork to do and I finished the evening with a little pen and ink at home (photo on the left). I added pen and ink to an older watercolor I did at a teacher's workshop in Savannah, GA. The photos below are of this painting with watercolor only and then the pen work.
This piece will be in the show!
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle 08/25/2013, Page D03
Tenn. Watercolor Society holding 2nd Annual Show
By Patricia Sharpe
Clarksville art enthusiasts can, again this year, enjoy the Tennessee Watercolor Society Second Annual Regional Show during the month of September at the Historic L&N Train Station. Due to the fabulous response last year, the Society would like to make this exhibit a yearly one. This is a very good manner in which to educate the public on the mission of the Society, the merits of this medium and the beauty of watermedia.
Patrons, and those interested in fine art, will get a chance to seeworks by some of the best watercolorists in Middle Tennessee, including several local, well-known artists.
Paintings will include traditional watercolor, but also mixed media and en plein air, as well as a variety of techniques, styles, palettes and subject matter. This is an excellent opportunity to view and discuss with the artists their individual approaches.
The opening reception will be September 5, from 5 to 7 PM, in conjunction with the ArtWalk with the exhibit showing through the month of September.
Pen and Ink 8" x 10"
today to Nashville to get some acrylic Titanium White Paint. For all you painters out there, you know I had to get my white paint. I also had to drop off a painting to the Tennessee Art League for the Sept. Show. A busy morning deserved a relaxing lunch, so we called friends to meet us to eat. After two plus hours talking and eating, we headed home. I picked some Oct. beans and tomatoes and that's supper.
from a teacher's workshop.
and today for a little while. I worked on the watercolor I posted a while back of the tree (same as the pen and ink). I painted some on the watercolor and then added masking again. I left that to dry and started again on the "Roger" Portrait I did at the workshop. Then I went to organize the shelves I got from the storage unit and found some small paintings I did in a workshop using a new product, big watercolor crayons (teacher workshop). The tree sketch above is one of those from that workshop, colorful!!!! I really didn't care for them.
Below are photos of the watercolor I'm working on, maybe I'll finish the first part of next week.
By the way: We also picked, snapped and canned 41 quarts of green beans in one and a half days from our garden. Next are the tomatoes!
and I can't wait. We cleaned out the last storage unit we had since the move back to Tennessee. Everything is back under one roof. I have all my pretty stuff. Of course, the house is much smaller so some of that 'pretty stuff' will have to go. I did stop by the studio today to put one of the shelving units in there.
Now to decide on what to work on, the watercolor? a portrait? drawing? Can't wait to go to work tomorrow.
8" x 10" pen and ink
this one finished! I've been so busy with the garden, workshops, family celebrations that I couldn't get to the studio but one time this last week. I've worked a little every night on the pen and ink I started at home.
Below: I did a charcoal of this same scene earlier this month. I didn't like the composition and I found the values needed to be worked out before going to a watercolor . The pen and ink I tried to work out these elements. Maybe I can finish the watercolor this week.
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.