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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dusk in Line and Wash #Watercolor #Quiller #Strathmore

One of the other things that was to be practiced in the waterclass I missed was line and wash.  I decided to use the negative painting technique and I wanted to use color different than what I have been playing with.

I just used my imagination, and as soon as I put down the initial wash, I saw something totally different than I had intended, so it really wasn't a great fit for either technique.  Still, I used them and it didn't go too bad.

I hadn't intended to have a moon, but saw it in the wash, so I grabbed a kleenex and scrubbed out both the moon and reflection while the paint was still wet.  I used negative painting to create the tree line, and the clouds.

I emphasized the trees, clouds and water with the lines (done using Pigma Micron .03.  I also drew the reeds with the pen.

The colors used were from my Quiller palette - Richeson (Phthalocyanine) Turquoise, Permanent Orange and Magenta.  These three color are equi-distant from each other on the wheel and form a triad.  Brushes used were my Silver Black Velvet 1-inch flat and size 16 round.  The paper was Strathmore Aquarius II.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Titian-haired Dancers #Watercolor #Qor #Fabriano

Yesterday was the last day of watercolor class for this session.  I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to take the next one, but I'm hoping.

The scheduled lesson was to paint dancers, so I did this painting as practice for the practice, lol!  I was having great trouble deciding what to do with the head of the foremost dancer to suggest the position of the face without adding much detail.  I suddenly realized that long hair would not only do it, but I could use it to cover up a few other flaws, lol.

Qor watercolors - Indian Yellow, Pyrrole Transparent Orange, Phthalocyanine Blue on Fabriano Artistico paper.  Silver Black Velvet brushes 1 inch flat, and sizes 6 and 16.

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

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The Daily New Tangle Challenge
joey's weekly tangle challenge #80
Ben Kwok Template: Islamic Pattern

Tangle Patterns: How to draw TEST PATTERN

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Prompt #1503 Visual Prompt of the Week – The Long Hike
32 Free Art Journaling and Mixed Media Classes

The Daffodil in Watercolor - Preview Program
See the Light! In a Still Life Painting, That Is

Fall In Love with Art Journaling Challenge (this is an ongoing challenge that will include giveaways)

Pen & Ink
Danitrio YOK-3 Jurojin by Kosetsu (Kyokuchi Collection)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Foggy Morning Birch #Watercolor, #Strathmore #Quiller

Time flies when you are having fun.  Only one more watercolor class to go for this session.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to take the winter session.  Hope I can!

Two things happened with painting.  I had intended to practice the warm palette birch trees using Phthalocyanine Blue and Cadmium Orange-Red.  Along the way, I discovered I was using Ultramarine Blue Blue--a cooler blue!  Shows how much attention I was paying.

I had intended to do more with the scraping and negative painting techniques, but as I put the background in (the trees were done first), I realized I liked it.  It seemed soft and misty to me like a foggy morning.  I decided to leave well enough alone,  Seems like I chose that Ultramarine Blue for a reason, after all!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Painting Birch Trees #Watercolor #Strathmore #KDAllegriWatercolorClass

In last Wednesday's watercolor class we started practicing birch trees.  We incorporated some negative painting, scraping wet paint for texture and the difference in colors between a warm-oriented palette versus a cool one.

The cool palette was made of Phthalocyanine Green, Ultramarine Blue and Ultramarine Violet. These colors are considered cool because they are all in the blue range, even the green and violet (warm greens would tend more to yellow and warm blue and violets would tend more to reds).

In my case, I used the M. Graham brand of these colors.  A half-inch flat (I used an Escada Prado) was used to paint the background, leaving the main trees the white of the paper (Strathmore Aquarius II).  Paint was applied thickly and allowed to dry somewhat, and then a palette knife was used to scratch out the trees in the background.  If the paint is too watery, it just flows back into the scratched out area, so the waiting is important, but you need to scratch before it gets too dry, as well, or the scrapes won't take. Practice, practice, practice!

The warm palette colors were Cadmium Red-Orange and Phthalocyanine Blue.  (Again, mine were M. Graham, and again, I used the 1/2 inch Escada Prado.

For this painting, the main trees were painted first using mixes of the two colors that were heavier with the orange than the blue.  Other mixes, heavier with blue, were used for the background. But all of the mixes were done with the same two colors.  Negative painting was used to create the trees and branches in the background, along with more of the scraping.