Maria Revising

Maria Revising

Maria Revising – Original Water Colour on Fabriano CP on 22″ x 15″ Paper

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Maria Revising

Original Water Colour on Fabriano CP on 22″ x 15″ Paper

Third painting in this theme and possibly the last in water colour.  The previous two are ‘Beach Parasol‘ and ‘Beach Deck Chair‘. I know… really imaginative titles aren’t they? 😀 As I commented before I intend to continue this theme using ink and acrylic. A few other paintings to finish first though. I thought I’d test Ebay out and submitted this and ‘Beach Deck Chair’ for auction. My daughter, Maria, went back-packing for two months (yeah right) six years ago and is still in Australia. I named it after her as a joke as I know she has been studying really hard at college and working hard to fund the courses. She loves Australia and sunshine. Who wouldn’t? 🙂 The ‘Beach Deck Chair’ sold. Maria saw a posting of this on my FB page and liked it so much she asked for a print. I quickly withdrew it from Ebay before it sold. I’d rather she had it and sell prints to others. Well…. she is my little girl after all. 🙂 Hope you like and share!

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Beach Deck Chair

Beach Deck Chair

Beach Deck Chair – Water Colour on Fabriano CP on 22″ x 15″ Paper

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Beach Deck Chair

Water Colour on Fabriano CP on 22″ x 15″ Paper

This is the second water colour in this set of three I referred to (see previous post).  I love all sorts of art work and I confess I’m no expert on identifying genres. What I look for, in any form of artistic expression, is the emotion it evokes in me.  Going into a room and something in the corner of your eye attracts your attention. That first impression and emotion when you then face it. As an example that’s probably easy to illustrate what I mean. Those old sepia photographs of streets scenes from the past. And people going about their day-to-day business. I always have feelings of nostalgia and curiosity.

Brightly coloured sunny pictures always lift my spirits. Then if it depicts the sort of place I’d enjoy being in – kind of a simple formula to follow really…..

Of course, though, for me, the actual joy of creating art is the process, so many little buzzes to have. It’s strange that arranges colours in patterns can have so many effects.

Hope you enjoy this picture

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Beach Parasol

Beach Parasol

Beach Parasol – Water Color on Fabriano CP on 22″ x 15″ Paper

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Beach Parasol

Water Color on Fabriano CP on 22″ x 15″ Paper

Still exploring with water color I thought I’d try a different style. Having again (as always now) stretched the paper. I lightly sketched the outline of the figure and covered with masking fluid (frisket). Then painted the sky, sea and beach in one using ‘wet on wet’ again. As soon as the paper was completely dry I carefully rubbed the frisket away with the tip of a finger. Then carefully coloured in my sketch and highlighted to finish. I now have three paintings in this theme and will continue. There are so many variables.  My aim was to recreate that lovely Mediterranean quality of light. Under the midday sun when everything dazzles. I think I have got close. Mainly through the turquoise hue of the sea water over a white sand seabed. So to continue this theme I will obviously use similar colours. The subject will share the same range of colors. Be it a parasol, deckchair, beach ball or towel etc. I will probably make prints of these available. As for the theme I think I may try ink and acrylic on canvas. If you’d like to watch how things develop – follow me.

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Country Walk

Country Walk

Country Walk – Water Colour Painting on Bockingford Paper 16″ x 12″

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Country Walk

Water Colour Painting on Bockingford Paper 16″ x 12″

I created this water colour painting of a landscape from imagination. I tried the ‘wet on wet‘ technique again as an exercise. With water colour this means painting on to wet paper. Gradually getting the hang of it.  It’s a satisfying way of painting. You can quickly create hazy skylines on the horizon by adding thin washes on the wet paper. Layer the washes and colour variations. Build towards the foreground. Giving a sense of distance.

I used hot press paper for this picture. Generally I prefer cold press paper for this method. The pigments bleed more easily and smoothly.

There is another water colour landscape from imagination. But I would like to try a composition from the field or photo. This would be an ideal method for the field as it’s so quick.

For a picture this size it takes twenty to thirty minutes to create. The reason is that the paper dries to much after about ten minutes to get the soft blends easily. The aim is to be applying the foreground detail and highlights from then on. You want the closer details to be sharper and not spread so much.

I’m happy with the attempt and like the colours but know I still have a lot to learn.

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Sunset Wave

Sunset Wave

Sunset Wave – Water Color Painting 14″ x 10″

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Sunset Wave – Water Color Paintings

Water Color Paintings on Cold Press Bockingford Paper 14″ x 10″

My Second Attempt at Water Color Paintings

Just checked through my water color paintings and remembered this one, a seascape. This was a lot simpler subject to practice with. Having painted breaking waves before using oil paint I was a lot more familiar with the effect.

 Cold Press Paper for Water Color Paintings

Before I attempted this project I had learnt a little more about preparing the paper. Stretching the paper before commencing is essential to avoid buckling as the paint dries. More essentially I’ve learnt how important it is to choose the best paper to suit the project and style.

The Painting Technique I Used

First I stretched the paper, securing the edges while it dried. Then I lightly dampened the paper with a large Hake brush. Then I quickly applied the colours with the same brush. Being careful to start with the minimum of pigment and sunshine colours first. This is such an easy, satisfying way of painting. The colours blend so smoothly leaving the light from the paper to give luminescence to the colour. It doesn’t take long to dry enough to add a bit of detail applying paint with dry brushes. Again I composed this picture from imagination. I would like to take some photos or find some with interesting landscapes and put my own take on them.  I do realise the advantage of planning a picture but a photo would be a great guide. I might remember where to leave the paper white. I posted this article (as the previous) out of sequence as I’d only remarked about the landscape and beach scene watercolor paintings. I will post those soon. I hope you like this picture. 🙂

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Earth Angel

Earth Angel

Earth Angel – Water Color Painting on Bockingford Paper 12″ x 16″

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Earth Angel  – Water Color Painting

Water Color Painting on Bockingford Paper 12″ x 16″

My First Attempt at Water Color Painting

Until recently I had only ever, very occasionally, dabbled with oil and acrylic paints. Remember primary and junior school? Where we dipped wet thick, fraying, brushes into jam-jar sized plastic tubs of powdered water paint? Messy but fun :)! Since then I’d had the view that water color painting was only good for illustrating flowers and landscapes. How wrong I was. I’ve seen so many beautiful works of art of different styles without realising they were water color.

I enjoyed diving in to this picture using water color. But think I may have been over ambitious. Very much the amateur, I am aware of just how much I need to learn in the painting techniques. And that’s for oil and acrylic let alone water paints. One of the problems still, for me, is leaving the white but I’m learning 🙂 I had to cheat a bit and used water color pencils for some of the detail. I also used gouache ( re. Wikipedia )to retrieve some highlights.

Overall, I like the picture. I like the bright, sunny colours, the idea and the composition. My main disappointment is the face. I didn’t get quite right first time and didn’t know enough to correct it. However I might use it as a preparatory work for a larger oil or acrylic painting.

I have finished a few other watercolor paintings and will be posting them later. A couple of landscapes and three beach scenes. But I would like to upload my artwork in approximate sequence.

An image of an angel holding the world in the palm of her hand. Does it have a meaning? Probably, I just get an idea in my mind’s eye and try to depict it. I do think that I should use preparatory sketches, especially with water color painting.

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