So there are things I really like about this painting. I love the purple to blue wash and the orange to purple wash. In fact I think I should have just stopped painting right then. That’s what’s always challenging…knowing when you’re done painting.
Work in Progress: Oil Painting of Cosmos
I was experimenting with trying to create washes on canvas (here canvas board). It was less than successful so I painted over with white acrylic and am now trying to paint the cosmos in oils. I kept the big blue wash on the top exposed.
Studio Kitty with Lilies
Here’s Matisse the kitty posing with some white lilies. Is it me or is he looking a little chubby? :/ I am guilty of giving into his pleas for more food. I need to cut back on the kibble.
Pink Cosmos with Magenta and Purple Blazes, 2017, 12×16
Cosmos are the last flowers standing in my garden, I think I had them even until late November. In this painting, I wanted to push the watercolor washes to see how saturated I could get the colors. I mixed the purple from magenta and blue and let the two colors mix wet-in-wet on the paper. It’s impossible to predict how the final painting will turn out!
Here’s a picture of my orange kitty who likes to look at the shiny piece of foil! Unfortunately this dude’s tummy wasn’t feeling good last night and woke me up crying at 3 am. Ignoring him, thinking he was begging for more food, he rewarded me with a wonderfully fragrant gift to pick up in the morning.
A bouquet of cut flowers against a grey background. I think I am going to try to paint this one in oils in the future, I really like the colors. The grey watercolor feels slightly weak and would be lovely in oil.
Matisse the orange kitty, not approving of the direction this painting is taking, decides to take matters into his own paws.
Nicotania still life with stripes, 2017, watercolor, 12×16
Every summer, this sticky plant bursts through the ground and grows quite tall. I assumed it was yet another weed but people actually purposefully plant nicotania in their gardens. At night its beautiful, fragrant white blossoms bloom and they are quite geometric and have an interesting silhouette.
Here’s Matisse the orange kitty in the studio, looking innocent, for now…
So my efforts to show my work earlier this year went bust. One time was at an art walk in Forest Grove when the store owner didn’t show up. But I found this amazing flower vendor at the farmers market down the street. I was able to get these wonderful dahlias very affordably!
Quince blossoms with blue vase and handkerchief, 2017, 12×16, watercolor
I cut these wonderful pink quince blossoms from a overgrown neighboring shrub.
I painted this on the best watercolor paper I have tried so far. It’s Fluid 100 cold press 300 pound weight. The extra thickness means I can load up the paper with a ton of water without the paper going all wrinkly on me and the surface responds wonderfully (not too absorbant). It’s pricey but comparable and far superior to Arches and other watercolor papers that I have tried.
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