Thursday, June 6, 2013

I'm staying busy...

As I wait for the contractors to finally start in two more weeks, I am thinking of ways to stay busy.  I love to do various kinds of art so I've been doing watercolor to help pass the time.  Imagine having to find ways to pass the time...I live a good life, huh?  Anyway I did another house portrait, this one for my neighbor.

 (She fell in love with it)

 This was a fairly large piece with the image area being 14 x 11.  I usually do 8 x 10 sizes.


 This next one is a mixed media piece, a still life of sorts, based on the picture I took of the citronella candles from my last post.  The shadows are cast by the pole and fabric folds of my deck umbrella being reflected in the textured surface of the glass table.

This one is much smaller, with the image area being 5 x 7.  I used my photo program to turn the photo into a black and white line drawing.  I then used artist's graphite transfer paper and just traced the image onto the watercolor paper using a mechanical pencil. For this painting I used a very smooth surfaced watercolor paper.  The underpainting was done in traditional watercolor paint with the details being done in another of my favorite water media...inktense pencils.  It's not perfect by any means, but the reflections are my favorite part.  It's raining here today, so I went out and took more shots of the candles with rain on them in hopes of continuing the series while learning to paint rain drops.

Well, that's the art for this week so far.  Who knows I just might do something else this week.  I've got the time and I'm not easily discouraged, so I just might learn something new.

4 comments:

Peri said...

Excellent work. Very pleased. Glad I taught you to do this sort of stuff.

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Very pretty!!

Peri said...

Peg looked at this post and declared both pieces to be really good but says the candles are "Really excellent". She has not booted her computer this morning, so I am supposed to write this for her.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Fantastic, Peachy! You are so talented, my dear. The piece you painted for me proudly hangs in my little studio. I love it! I just wish (when you came to visit) I brought you down to where I snapped the photo.