Friday, December 10, 2010

Fall leaves - watercolor

I learned that it is very helpful to choose very small image as an example, that you have to fill in the detail from your head, because you can't see it.

This painting has three layers, one done wet on wet, second one is a little dryer and the last is with most detail painted to dry surface. My intention was to show the transparency and translucency of the leaves. Another challenge was the focus and out-of-focus feel of leaves.

I entered this painting to a juried show and it was accepted. The show was in Pacific Art League and the theme was "In the Garden". It was my first official show!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

White pumpkin - pastel

It is amazing how many colors are in the white pumpkin. I am glad, that my teacher Halcyon was on hand to help identifying the rainbow of colors.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Red Glass Pitcher

One of my first pastels I did at the class. Our teacher Hacyon does setups that are very colorful and quite intriguing. The glass pitcher and metal vase were real challenge.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Trees in sunset

I started talking to everyone about how to paint in a more free way and found out that that is something everyone struggles with. I thought it was funny, since you hear people saying all the time how their child could paint the abstract painting. Well it is not that easy.

Here is my first try to shed total realism.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Seascape from Maui

After painting two Venice watercolors, I was getting tired of Venice and also the detailed realistic painting, so I decided to do something completely different. I was just thinking of painting colors and more impressionistic way. Funny thing happened. I found myself in no time painting every blade of grass and every wave. Oh well, next time.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Venice companion picture

I was so excited about my first watercolor that I decided to paint companion picture from the same trip, just different view of Venice.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My first watercolor!

When I signed for my watercolor class I had no clue, what to expect. what I found is a wonderful group of enthusiastic people, who love art. Our teacher Steve, gave me a little lecture on how to mix colors and friend Christina went shopping for supplies with me. She said, you need to buy the best stuff you can afford, a lot depends on your tools. Thank you, Christina. And here is my first watercolor, painted from a photograph Dave took in Venice. I loved the dreamy/misty feel of this picture taken on our short trip to Venice in March 2001.