The weekend drawing event on Wet Canvas is a challenge in which you select a picture from those posted and then have a two hour time limit to complete your work. For, me it is a great way to improve my speed and accuracy in drawing and painting. You can't overwork..there is no time.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I probably could continue to work on the water forever, but I think it is time to put this one to rest. The areas of disturbed water and bubbles were the most challenging part. I learned a lot. First, I indented with a stylus making dots. Then I worked over these with small circular strokes to give the impression of foam and bubbles. I left small areas of white paper showing in addition to the indented dots and placed lines to indicate the movement of the water.
I did smooth the water with thinner and then work on top with color again. I also burnished with light blues and white.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It is finally beginning to be more than a sketch. I continue to pull up and put down color on the water.
But, the biggest change came with using thinner on the ball and it's reflection. I have also started to use a stiff brush on the water to blend the color. Both of these things help to make the entire picture look less grainy.
This is quite important when painting water.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
About the water.........I am at the stage where I have put down three layers on the water above the figure and now I am removing some of those layers with tacky paper to give a slight ripple effect to the water. Then, I have gone back in again with cloud blue over almost all the background water and peacock blue on the darker waves. I have still not worked below the darker wave line above the figure so that area is still very flat.
It is very slowly starting to come together. Patience on this one is very helpful.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I took the reference photo for this painting last summer at Playa Coromuel. This is the beach closest to the city where many families spend Saturday and Sunday in summer. A women was just floating, eyes closed, holding this hot pink beach ball unaware of the rest of the world. It was a good photo.
So far, I have only painted in the head since if that didn't work, the painting wouldn't. Then I began on the background and ball. I always have doubts at this point in a CP painting. But, posting both successes and failures is good, since everyone has them. I will keep you updated.
Sorry, I am having difficulty getting a good photo. It appears too pink. I believe that it will be better once all the water is in.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
5x7 inches Prismacolors on White Stonehenge
The drink of Mexico. I took the reference photo for this painting late one Sunday afternoon while sitting under the palapa ( this is a open roofed structure covered with palm leaves ). The sun shown through the bottle creating wonderful abstract patterns. I like to do paintings that have areas of reality combined with areas of abstraction. I find this intriguing.
I used the play of complimentary colors orange/blue to create the hot/cool mood in this painting.
I used thinner on the background and glass of the bottle midway through the layering process.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
First of all I used citrus oil thinner about mid way through the layering process, so that the real chiles are highly saturated. Secondly, I tried to remain very conscience of the values. Values are always important, but when working on an overhead view correct values really help to add depth to the painting.