This painting is still a work in progress. I was going for a more subdued look by using diluted acrylics. I plan to add another layer of acrylic paints.
On his site, the artist John Lovett talks about using white gesso glazes on his watercolor paintings. He says the glazes can be used as a soft subtle haze to reduce emphasis. I tried the technique on this acrylic painting. Check out Lovett's site for more painting tips.
Here is a painting that I just finished today. First, I collaged pieces of decorative paper on my small moleskine journal page, including the rose.
I drew the face and then used the following supplies: Golden Titanium White AcrylicPaint, Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Pastels and graphite pencil.
I love using the pastels for shading because of their creamy texture.
This is a painting experiment where I first used my new jumbo compressed graphite sticks. I also incorporated Golden Titanium White acrylic paint and a hint of pink on the portrait. Portions of the background include decorative papers.
I expected the graphite sticks to blend more easily. I plan to work up some more paintings with the graphite. I may also add some soft pastels to the mix.
painting by Joyce Washor
Have you ever wanted to create miniature paintings? Then check out the Artists Network post on Mighty Miniature Paintings written by Cherie Dawn Haas with tips from artist, Joyce Washor. She is the author of Think Big, Paint Small, a book dedicated to the art of miniature paintings. Here are some specific tips from Washor:
Shrinking Your References for Miniature Paintings
One of the best things you can do to render what you see as life-sized into a small format is to draw the composition as a single unit, not as individual items. Specifically:
Start by blocking in the outermost edges of the objects—but as just one shape, not individual shapes.
Draw the edges of the shape made by the objects, and add the table top.
Now you can look at each object individually and add in each distinct shape.
Check out the complete article for more tips. This post inspired me to pull out my tiny canvases and begin experimenting.
Claude Monet, Haystacks, Late Summer
Hurricane Matthew paid us a visit but we were lucky. We received about ten+ inches of rain over the weekend and only lost power for about fourteen hours.
A day before the storm, we visited the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA to see the exhibit, The Agrarian Ideal: Monet, van Gogh, Homer and More.
Winslow Homer, Farmer with a Pitchfork
Adolph Gottlieb, Untitled
I really was taken with this last abstract painting. I like the energy of the art piece.
Here's a work-in-progress, mixed media art painting of Flower Girl.
A while back I took a portrait workshop with Misty Mawn at an Art & Soul Retreat. I remember her saying that it's common to not be satisfied with a painting in its beginning stages. I did have a rough time when I first began this painting but then I finally was able to get it back into shape. I do have some finishing details to add.
I worked on this painting in my art journal. I find that it helps to first experiment with portraits in a journal before moving on to a canvas or wood panel. For example, I initially added a flower image, to the painting, taken from a paper napkin. The latter quickly fell apart. So I rubbed it off and replaced it with a paper flower image.
A while back, I won three tubes of Daniel Smith Water Soluble Oil Colors (in primary colors) via a Dick Blick Holiday Sweepstakes.
I finally decided to experiment with the tubes. I hadn't worked with oil paints in quite a few years. On the first day I really enjoyed working with the oils. By the second day, the paints proved to be more of a challenge.
I was surprised to find out that water soluble oil paints do not dry faster than traditional oil colors.
Then my use of graphite began to mess things up. Some mixed media artists love the grungy look that graphite produces in a painting. Others steer clear of that medium. I think I may use less graphite in the future. I still need to rework the lip area in the painting.
Do you apply an isolation coat to your acrylic/mixed media art paintings? I recently learned about this important step in preserving paintings. According to Golden Paints:
"An isolation coat is a clear, non-removable coating that serves to physically separate the paint surface from the removable varnish. The isolation coat serves two purposes:
Check the Golden Paints link for the details on this technique.
Jo says, "Psychologically, having several paintings waiting for you helps to draw you back out to the studio. There’s a certain energy and momentum that builds while working on a painting that dissipates with its completion.....Having another painting waiting for you after completing one tends to lesson the inertia you may experience that prevents you from traveling that long distance (often a hall or simply a doorway) back to the studio."
Recently, I was working on two paintings at one time and enjoyed the process. Next time, I'm going to take Jo's advice and create three paintings at once. What do you think? Do you like to create multiple paintings? You can cut the risk by beginning your experiment with small canvases.
According to Gurney, “This rule consists of five general pointers that lead to happier results in just about any kind of painting."
1. Use the Biggest brush possible for a given passage.
2. Paint Large shapes first, followed by small shapes.
3. Save your tonal and chromatic Accents until the last.
4. Try to Soften any edge that doesn’t need to be sharp.
5. Take Time to get the center of interest right.
Read the complete post for the background story behind Gurney's BLAST rule. Then give his ideas a go. I know that I will be trying his suggestions.
Via Lori McNee's blog, Fine Art Tips, I came across this informative post on Six Ways to Create Depth in Your Landscape Painting. Here are two of the tips from that post:
Check out the rest of the post for more great tips.
For more inspiration, check out the complete article. And then try out a few of the techniques this weekend.
Our group, Tidewater Artist Group (TAG), recently held our annual Summer Art Camp.
We were lucky to have TAG member, Catherine Mein, teach a Watercolor Painting Workshop.
Catherine is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, International Society of Acrylic Painters, Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, Tidewater Art Alliance, Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists and the National Collage Society. She has won numerous prizes in juried shows. Check out her site to view her beautiful paintings.
The Workshop focus was painting flowers. I painted the flowers in the above photograph. I still need to add some finishing touches.
Thank You So Much Catherine for sharing your talents with our TAG Group!
I've only tried painting with a palette knife a couple of times so I was thrilled to find this post, Palette Knife Painting Tips on Lori McNee's blog, Fine Art Tips. The article was written by Jonathan Van Brunt. Here's a few tips that I found especially helpful:
Check out the rest of the article for more helpful tips.
Francoise de Felice Painting
Through my wanderings around the Web, I discovered the ethereal yet haunting paintings of Francoise de Felice.
"Françoise first developed her craft as a French impressionist. She later left France and settled in Sicily, where she began to build her own personality and signature. The artist credits the splendors of the Sicilian baroque and light of the island for helping her along her journey, developing a style born of chance and want combined.”
Francoise de Felice Painting
You can learn more about Françoise and view additional paintings at this Web site.
Image from the Art History Archive
I was especially interested in his Lecture Notes on Contemporary & Cubism Art and his Experimental Drawing Lesson: Cubist Portrait Drawing. I have always admired the art that was created during the Cubist Movement. In fact, one of my favorite paintings is Picasso's Portrait of Ambroise Vollard as shown above. Many years ago, I painted my version of this portrait using oil paints.
You can support Burke's site by entering your artwork in their ongoing international artist competitions - or you can make a direct donation.
I was looking for a resource on how to achieve watercolor effects with acrylic paint. Via Fashionarium, I found this post, How Does Fashion Illustrator Jennifer Lilya Make Acrylics Look Like Watercolors.
Jennifer details her technique and provides a photo of the supplies that she uses. Check it out.
If you're interested in learning more about acrylic painting, you may want to check out the Will Kemp Art School site (Professional Secrets for Aspiring Artists). Kemp offers an extensive list of posts and free video tutorials on acrylic painting.
Topics covered include: Getting Started, Colour Theory, Acrylic Painting Techniques and more! Kemp also offers information on oil painting and drawing. Check the site out!
Although I've been painting with acrylic paints for many years, I never worked with a palette knife until today. I used acrylic paints thickened with Golden Extra Heavy Gel to complete this small painting of poppies.
I really enjoyed working with the palette knife and heavy gel. I look forward to more experiments with this medium.
This morning I began a watercolor painting of roses in a vase. But I didn't like the end result. So my offering for today is an abstract, small rose watercolor painting.
I'm proud to report that I completed 27 paintings for this challenge. I only have 3 more paintings to do to catch up. I've never completed so many art pieces for painting, or mixed-media art, challenges that I took on in the past.
Congratulations to all the other participants - and a Big Thank You to Leslie Saeta for sponsoring this event. You must check out her paintings. They are gorgeous.
Here is a photograph of the street across from our home. All you can see is snow which is an unusual sight in North Carolina. The total snowfall was only 3 to 4 inches but that's a lot of snow for the South.
I used watercolor paints, crayons and pencils for this still life.
We're expecting a snow storm here in North Carolina. Predictions range from 2 inches to 7 - 10 inches. Snow is unusual in our area - and I have never experienced large snow accumulations in NC. I'll let you know what happens. Stay warm.
Yesterday, I added modeling paster to a 5" x 7" canvas board and let it dry overnight. Today, I began covering the canvas with magenta and copper acrylic paints. To me, the colors looked lifeless.
So I scrubbed the paint off the canvas. Instead, I painted on Golden heavy body acrylic paints in Cobalt Teal and Turquoise. Then I sprinkled on some glitter and added Turquoise Stickles to the centers of the poppies.
Why blue poppies? Because I decided to create abstract fantasy flowers.
Lately, I have been painting traditional type art, e.g., landscapes, still life and buildings, etc. And I feel as if something is lacking in my art. Today I realized that it is the mixed-media art and whimsical that is missing from my art.
I just completed this mixed-media and whimsical painting. And it made me happy. I guess that the cliche is true - Do What You Love!
First, I pasted down a variety of light-weight papers on the postcard size canvas. Then I drew and painted a few strawberries and cherries. I used watercolor paints and crayons, colored pencils and brown and black inks. Using watercolor paints on dried papers was a little tricky.
For this second art work, I used watercolor paints and pencils and ink. Check out what the other participants are painting for this challenge.
One thing that I have learned so far with this Challenge is to just keep painting every day. Some days you may love the results - and on other days you might not. But bottom line, you are growing and improving your painting skills.
Onto another topic, here are two articles on Creativity that you might enjoy:
I began my art piece with acrylic paints. Then I incorporated some collage. Next, I distressed different areas of the painting with a Cretacolor Monolith pencil (9B). So what began as a painting turned into a mixed-media art work.
For this painting of birch trees, I used watercolor paint and crayons, colored pencils and ink. To create the orange/yellow tall grass, I placed ripped shreds of masking tape near the bottom of the page. I brushed on green paint over the tape. After I lifted the tape, I colored in the grass with watercolor crayons and pencils.
I don't think I ever painted a cow before. I used acrylics instead of watercolor paints. Both the cow and the acrylic paints proved to be a challenge but I did finish the painting.
I'm also posting this painting to the 40 Portraits Challenge as Portrait #24.
My portrait was inspired by a painting by Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884 - 1920). However, I took some artistic license and made the eyes bigger in my painting.
I am also posting this painting for Portrait #23 for the 40 Portraits Challenge on Facebook.
Here we are at Day 10 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Only 20 more painting opportunities to go.
This painting, entitled Bettina Louise, features my newest Cinnamon Pink Girl©. Check out what the other artists are painting for the 30 in 30 Challenge.
For Day 7 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, I worked with water-soluble ink, watercolor paints and pencils. Last, I added a script art stamp. I'm pleased with myself for creating 7 paintings in 7 days.
Please check out the lovely paintings of my fellow-participants in this challenge.
Today is Day 3 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
This time, I created an abstract painting. First, I covered a canvas panel with modeling paste and let it dry for 24 hours. I painted two-thirds of the canvas with cobalt blue acrylic paint. The lower portion of the canvas is covered with buttercream acrylic paint. I glued glitter to the top of the canvas.
Take a few minutes to view the paintings of the other artists in the challenge.
Image from Carol Nelson Web site
For the anniversary of their launch date, Empty Easel is featuring a "selection of best of' articles that continue to be great resources for artists at every stage in their career"
Here's one article that may interest you - How to Add Incredibly Thick Texture to your Acrylic Paintings written by Carol Nelson. For the details, check out Carol's step-by-step process.
Why not take some time to read the other best of articles on the Empty Easel site.