Saturday, July 28, 2012

Birches in the Mountains - watercolor

There is no Friday watercolor class during the summer, so we get together just to paint. It is wonderful and a lot of fun. I finished this Friday my painting of Birch Trees in the mountains. It was a fun project. I found a tiny photo of the scene I liked and painted from that, so I do not get caught up in a detail. I still painted more detail than I wanted, but I love the colors and it was my first time using liquid frisket.

Donated to PAL Fundraiser Carnevale

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Abstract Figure 1 final - oil

As I posted my first painting from abstract class I realized, there is more to be done and fixed. I worked mainly on her legs and did a few small touchups.

You can compare it to the previous posting.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Abstract Figure 1 - oil

I am very excited about my new class with Michael Asgour. It is an Abstract Figure Painting. It is not really totally abstract, but it is not realistic either, as you will see. My biggest challenge is working with oil. It intimidates me, but I am starting to like it. I will post the quick sketch first and then the oil which was done very fast (as far as I am concerned), it took three 20 min sittings. I am very happy with the result!

As I am posting it, I can already see what I would like to change. The thigh in on the left needs a little more highlight. I might fix it later.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Green Vase with Oranges

I am taking Halcyon Teed's class where I did pastels in the past. This quarter I decided to get into oil. It is a very slow learning process, but I am getting excited about the possibilities. I am only very slowly making progress. The technique of mixing colors and layering the oil paint is mind boggling. But I am determined to get through it. Since it is going so slowly, I decided to post work in progress. I have probably another five hours or more to go.

First is how far I got so far, second is a detail of oranges I worked on last class.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ocean Scene - pastel

I love looking at the ocean. It always seems amazing to me, that someone could have stood at the same spot and was looking at the ocean maybe 10, 100 or 500 years ago and except for some minor erosion, they watched the same waves as me. I love going to tropical locations with warm beautiful turquoise water. I found this shot from New Zealand in a magazine and couldn't resist to paint it. I want to be on that beach.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I am taking oil painting classes, and progress is very slow, so that is a reason why there were no posts for a while. I am excited though about diving into new medium.