Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last Day of Watercolor Class-Chickens! #Watercolor #TwinRocker #Yarka

Yesterday was the last day of the spring session for Kathy Delumpa Allegri's watercolor class.  As is traditional, we had a pot luck, and as usual we worked on something quick and fun.

Kathy showed us how to paint birds using Chinese style brush strokes.  I love chickens (theoretically--I like to watch them, but have no desire to clean up after them, lol), so that's what I concentrated on.
For my larger painting, I also decided to use some colors from my Yarka St Petersburg and Sequel pan sets that I don't use often--Blue Lake, Carmine and Blue Azure, with Burnt Sienna, that I do use all the time.  For the background, I fell back on Green Light and Russian Green, using left over paint and dirty water for the foreground.

This is the kind of stuff I really like doing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Practice Sheet Backgrounds #Watercolor #Arches #Zentangle

In the first few watercolor classes this session, we practiced brush strokes on scrap paper, learning the scumbling technique for sparkling water.  I thought the practice sheets looked like interesting backgrounds for tangle, so I tangled them!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fairview Lake Sunset #Yarka #TwinRocker #Watercolor

Yesterday, I wrote about arguing with the paint.  How I let myself get frustrated (having started out cranky) and fought with the paint instead of letting my tools do their thing.

When I realized what I was doing, I switched gears and started a painting that was much simpler with totally different colors.  Sunsets are pretty easy, dramatic and it's easy to concentrate on shapes rather than details.

I still started off on the wrong foot, grabbing a warm red (vermillion) when I meant to go for a cool (Quinacridone Rose).  That really told me I was off my game.  My colors got a little muddy (that happens when you mix warm and cool colors).

Still, it's loose and impressionistic and half-way recognizable as being from the reference photo. I used a lot of water, and the scan didn't pick up the color well in some areas. The painting looks better in real life than it does here.

Reference Photo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fighting with the paint #Watercolor #Yarka #Arches

Have you ever seen that antacid commercial where people are eating and suddenly the food in their mouth starts flipping around and slapping them?

In yesterday's art class, I felt that way a bit.

I woke up cranky. My neck had been stiff all day and kept me awake a good portion of the night, and I was in a mood. I went to my watercolor class and started working on a second Koi painting.  It started off all right, but I had clear goals in mind and the paint...just...wouldn'  No matter how much I overworked it.

Before long I realized that I was effectively arguing with the paint, allowing myself to become frustrated and trying to make the paint do something instead of letting it do it's own thing and guiding it.  At that point, I set the painting aside and started a new one with totally different colors, theme and layout.  I argued with it a bit too, but since I kept it simple, I was a little happier with the results.  I'll share that one tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Watercolor Koi on Yupo #Yarka #Yupo #Watercolor

In last Wednesday's class we painted Koi, with an emphasis on learning how to paint moving water.  The teacher, Kathy Delumpa Allegri, gave me some Yupo paper to try out.

Very challenging stuff!  Yupo is actually an industrial plastic and it's very smooth.  The watercolor never entirely soaks in, so at any time you can wet it thoroughly, and wipe off every bit of the paint using a paper towel.

It is also sensitive to the oils in your hand, so if you aren't careful, you get spots where the paint will bead up.  This happened to me, so I wiped off the paint twice, and re-drew my fish until I got it just right so that the area that beaded up looked like ripples in the water (the area around the head of the koi on the right).

I've got another piece of this paper.  Now to decide what I want to paint on it!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

No List of Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways this week

Sorry.  I'm having to do some unexpected travel this week so there won't be any of my resource links posted this week.  I should be back to normal on the 18th.

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published 
on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The winner of my Schut Terschelling Watercolor pad giveaway has been notified.  Please check your email if you entered.

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #222
How "Ribbony" came to be
Cobbles Tangle Pattern
gellee 001 tangle
stained glass tangle 
vovz tangle
kragz 2 tangle
Hamail Tangle Pattern
Tangle Patterns: How to draw PAND

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 2015 Week 19 Prompt: Outside In
The Frugal Crafter’s Guide to Acrylic Mediums {Chart included!}
Faux Malachite Obelisks (made from cardboard)
Paint and Paper Collage From a Stencil

Kingston Crafts giveaway- Cricut Explore Air
Peerless Watercolors Review and Giveaway
DoCraft Giveaway-Papermania Denim Blue collection (note: for U.S. participants-Europe writes dates differently.  The 12/05/15 deadline would be writtne 05/12/15 here)

Pen & Ink
A Primer on Fountain Pens

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jumping Off Cliffs #Watercolor #Arches #KDAllegri

In my watercolor class, we are working toward painting one of Oregon's most famous tourist spots, Crown Point.  From the Vista House, seated on Crown Point, you have a magnificent view of the Columbia Gorge--miles and miles of rolling river, and scenic Oregon and Washington.  

As practice for the painting, the teacher had us paint cliffs, showing us the colors to mix and how to get the sweep of the rock with broad brush strokes.

I may have finished the painting by the time this is posted, so hopefully you'll see it soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wild and Splattered Flowers #Watercolor #Strathmore #KDAllegri

In last week's watercolor class, we did an exercise using masking fluid to preserve white areas of the paper.  Once the masking fluid dried we splattered paint on the page, with an emphasis on using analogous colors in the same temperature range, making one color dominant, and touching three sides of the paper with the dominant color.

My analogous colors were Azo Yellow, Gamboge and Napthol Red.  Once the painting dried, it was time to add colors that were NOT analogous (next to each other on the color wheel).  All my colors are in the warm temperature range (reds that tend to orange, yellows and orange that hint toward red not toward green), except Azo, so I did most of my color lifting in the Azo areas, making it more transparent and soft.

After I peeled off the masking fluid, I added Blue Cobalt for the sky, with light washes of the same color to hint at shadows under the flowers and leaves and grass.  That also tied the painting together by having some blue in all areas.

I had a bit of an epiphany with this painting. The teacher, Kathy, keeps her paintings very simple with bright, vibrant colors using broad strokes and she's finished within minutes. Her work is gorgeous and I'd like to emulate it, but...

...but, I always find myself noodling away with my painting. Adding little details.  Looking for shapes and forms and shading, and lifting color to add depth and increase my value range.  Sometimes, I make the painting better, and sometimes, I make it worse.  In this case, I really like the results I got, but it isn't what I exactly what I started out to do.

So, when I watch Kathy, and know I want to be able to get the results she does, why do I keep fiddling?  I've pondered this before, and today, I realized...because I enjoy it.  I like seeing what happens if I do this and if I do that.

Frankly, it's my style.

I think it's a matter of what I want more.  Do I really want to work towards emulating Kathy, not necessarily all the time, but learning how to do what she does or do I just want to enjoy myself.  Lol!

So I'll keep trying to do what Kathy does because I know it will enrich my own style.  But if I'm just not happy with the painting until I noodle, I'll noodle.  And not beat myself up, because I did.  For better or worse, I had fun!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Apparently Pears #watercolor #StillmanAndBirn #Zentangle

This started as another painting exercise from Kory Fluckiger's "Watercolor for the First Time'.  About half way through, I decided that I had probably taken in most of what this book had to teach--not that the book is bad, but is a bit basic for me.  I enjoyed the exercises I did, and they were good practice. If I go awhile without painting, I might consider doing them again as a warm-up to get started.

Meanwhile, instead of completing the painting as per the exercise, I decided to do some tangling instead.

Yarka St. Petersburg pan watercolors in a Gamma Stillman and Birn's sketchbook.  Linework was done with Ohto Graphic liners in a variety of tip size.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Giveaway! Schut Classic Terschelling Aquarelbloc #Schut #Exaclair #Giveaway

Unexpectedly, Exaclair, Inc. sent me a pad of Schut Terschelling Classic Watercolor paper, 140 lb, with a note telling me I could use it or give it away.

Augh! The hard decisions...

But. although I'd love to keep it, I get so much and really feel it's necessary to share.  I do let greed have it's way with me on occasion, but I try to keep from letting it happen too often, lol.

So.  A giveaway, it is.

The paper is in a wire-bound pad with perforations for easy removal.  The texture isn't quite as rough as it looks in the scan, but there is definitely tooth and texture.

When I did my series of mini-reviews last year, I didn't have any of the 140 lb Cold-pressed, but I did a couple of reviews, one on the 95 lb and one on the 115 lb, so this will be very similar.  I didn't want to use up paper from the giveaway pad, so I've listed links to these reviews, if you want to know more about the paper.

My reviews:
Schut Terschelling AquarelBloc Classic Cold-Pressed 115 lb
Schut Terschelling AquarelBloc Classic Cold-Pressed 95 lbs

The Giveaway
What is the prize? One winner will receive the watercolor pad pictured above.
Who can win?  Sorry, U.S. only.
When does the giveaway start? Friday, May 01, 06:00 am PDT.
When does the giveaway end?   Friday, May 08, 11:59 pm PDT.
How do I enter? Leave a comment on this post, including an email so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck.

Daisy Green Dilly Dilly #watercolor #StillmanAndBirn #Yarka

In this third painting exercise from Kory Fluckiger's "Watercolor for the First Time' I changed the colors considerably, and as a result it came out looking extremely green, whereas the tutorial would have produced a painting with more earth tones in the gold range.

I like the difference, and feel I learned more by playing with the colors.  I did four exercises in all, one after the other, each taking 15 minutes to 1/2 hour.

Ginger Horse #ZentangleInspiredArt #FountainPen #PenAndInk

You know how sometimes a work just fights you while you're trying to draw it?  I had an idea tickling my brain, a desire to combine styl...