Monday, July 17, 2017

Keep on Keeping on - Watercolors...

Clyde Kitty - 6"x8" watercolor on clay-board panel

Alyssa's Alpaca - 4"x6" watercolor on clay-board panel

Above, two paintings completed this weekend. They require a few coats of varnish to make sure the watercolor does not "move" on the clay board panel. One can accidentally or deliberately wash away watercolor paintings from these clay board panels. Proper finishing is essential!

I cut a few daisies from the garden this weekend and thought I'd try my hand at painting flowers, for a change.

Daisies - 7"x10" watercolor on watercolor paper

Lastly, here's a painting I started many years ago - painting only the shadows from a magazine photo. The magazine photo is long gone, so I'm improvising as I go. Have no idea how this will develop or whether it will end up in the waste pile. But it is a challenge, so it's time to challenge myself.

Still working on her... we will see where this goes in time...

More are on the drawing boards, awaiting color, water, and brush strokes. And my time, of course!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Progressing with Watercolor, albeit slowly...

On the easel, "Lily," our neighbor's gorgeous cat. She always looks like she belongs on a throne!

I went back to working on the "Alpaca" - used a Mr. Clean sponge to soften the fur coat.

"Clyde," my girlfriend's cat, lounging around - not quite done, I think... some finishing touches needed.

Below: the evolution of "Lily."

"Lily" is a practice painting for a full-body painting. She has such poise and a strong personality. I want to make sure to capture some of who she is, not just what she looks like!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Back to Watercolors...

I really REALLY want the cat/kitten portraits to turn out well, so I'm starting my wc practice paintings with various other critters. Our granddaughter is an organic farmer in Maine. She is also a great photographer - so most of my farm animal paintings come from photos Alyssa has shared. We visited her farm in June on our way to the Acadia National Park. I've got some photos, but hers are far superior to mine!

Above: one of Lucy's gals
It's only 6" square, painted in watercolor on a hard panel coated with gesso prior to painting. It will need to have several coats of varnish to protect the paint from running!

Lucy - our granddaughter's rooster

Lucy measures 6.5" x 10" and is on Arches 300# watercolor paper

Next up - as yet incomplete - an alpaca and a friend's cat lounging on a chair:

These two are painted in watercolor on gesso coated panels. The alpaca is 4"x6" and the cat is 6"x8."

I use both ProPanel Gesso boards and DaVinci gesso panels. It's like painting on Bristol Board - slippery surface. It can be washed clean and a painting started over - but it must be varnished to protect the integrity of the painting.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Images from our Vacation in Maine & Vermont

These first three photos are of the area directly around our rental unit. It was just outside one of the Acadia National Park entrances, and right on the ocean bay. Gorgeous views! Long forested driveway from the road to the house. GREAT place!

Wild Gardens of Acadia:

Jack-in-the-Pulpit in bloom

Yellow Moccasin Flower, also known as Lady's Slipper

Pink Moccasin Flower, also known as Lady's Slipper

Azalea Gardens at Acadia Park:

Ocean Views!

Our dogs: Spunky on the left, Tucker on the right (who belongs to our daughter and her husband)

Lupine growing along side the road outside Bar Harbor:

Above: Twilight at Saco Bay, on our way home
Below: Sunset in Bar Harbor