Hello friends! I’m back! And with me I bring paintings! This one is called ‘Picture day’. While painting this piece, I realized that the confused grimace on the figure’s face is the same look that I have in almost every picture of me. You might think I’m exaggerating, so as proof check out my Instagram and see for yourself. It’s bad. Hence the title. Anyway this painting is watercolor,ink and gouache on paper. Thanks for stopping by! Comments welcome 😄
Hey guys! I know what your thinking ‘Gosh! Doesn’t this chick have anything better to do then blog?’ No. No I don’t. So… Anyway this piece, which I’ve titled Happiness, is… super… mega…….. awesome? Well, maybe not awesome or ‘super mega’ but I like it. What’s better then happy cats, Garfield and Care Bears? Nothing.
I finished this piece all in one day (I’m not sure why that matters) about a month ago. As soon as I finished it I didn’t like it so I stopped looking at it. I pulled it out of the Closet Of Shame today and you know what? I like it. So here I am, blogging about it. Enjoy! Comments and critiques are always welcome!
Hello friends! I finally finished a painting! *gasp* I know! It’s been forever! I’ve been stuck in a creative rut but I’ve finally managed to rock myself back and fourth enough to struggle out of said rut… Weird metaphor, right? I don’t really know how to get out of a rut but in movies (which are always a super reliable resource for rut-getting-out-of, right?) they rock their cars back and forth to get enough momentum… Anyway, I’m out! (of the… Rut…) Ok enough metaphors! I finally finished a painting!!! Whoot! Whoot! (I totally just did ‘the sprinkler’…. It was really cool)
This piece took about three weeks, I’m not loving it but I finished it. What do you guys think, pretty sucky right? Critiques welcome and appreciated 🙂
Hello beautiful friends! Guess what!?!???!!! I finished my first semester of college (well, fist semester back to college, not that it haven’t ever been to college, but I just never finished…. You know what I mean) Yay!!!! My last projects for my two art classes were hit and miss. I made a stop motion video , which I’m super proud of, for my Art Practices class (you should totally check it out and let me know what you think).
And then a really terrible ink painting, for Drawing 101, which I’m not very proud of:
(Pretty bad, right?) Anyway for years I have been enviously reading the excited posts of students who have successfully completed a semester of college and now I am very proud to be writing my own excited post, huzzah!!!!!
Hello my fabulous readers and lookers! I love you all (in a platonic, your my followers and I’m your blog writer, kind of way). I wanted to share a painting in progress with you guys and get your opinions. I started this watercolor painting a few weeks ago but haven’t had much time to work on it (stupid school). While still in the drawing process I decided to hand draw the letters but now that Its inked I’m wondering if I should have used a stencil. What do you guys think? Is it distracting that the letters aren’t perfect? Would you have noticed if I hadn’t said any thing? I’m also considering going bigger, this is 11inches x 14 inches, I was thinking of going to 18 inches x 24 inches (which is as large as I can stretch my paper right now), do you guys think it would have more impact it it were larger? I would love to have your thoughts on this, thanks!
Holy cow! This painting took FOR-EV-ER. Well, it really didn’t take that long (stupid school). I just haven’t had any time to work on it (stupid school). But it’s finally finished. (Stupid school)
I was having issues with the support. I used an arches watercolor board, which are usually super awesome to use but this time the paper finish didn’t take the paint the way it’s supposed to, it’s hard to explain. Anyway I had to use body color (gauche) to get smooth washes on the background. Also I used a liquid frisket to mask off the white areas but the frisket was too old (sigh) so it wouldn’t come off. I had to scratch it off with a razor blade (lame) but despite all that I think it turned out just fine. Enjoy!!
Hello friends! Sorry it’s been a while. I decided to do something crazy, I’m going back to school. Yuck. I don’t remember it being so much work! I guess that’s why I didn’t do so well last time. *winkwink* Anyway, I haven’t had much time to work on my paintings *sadface* but I have peen trying to finish the painting from my last post, The Process. I’m about 80% finished with this watercolor piece. Hopefully I can finish it soon.
Hello friends! I thought I would show my process from drawing to painting (because your sooooo interested).
I start with a picture. I know, I know ‘real’ artists don’t use photographs. Blah, blah, blah… I use pictures. I hate only being able to paint certain times of day. I’m a very literal painter. I paint what I see and if the light is continually shifting I will continually be changing my painting to match what I see. Its a mess, hence the picture. This is a photograph of a magnet my Grandmother had on her fridge for as long as I can remember. The background is wrapping paper (way cute, right?).
Next I decide what size I want it to be. In this case I had an 8inx10in watercolor board so I chose to use it. In a sketchbook I draw 8×10 rectangle and begin my drawing. (I decided not to show my drawing process just because I don’t have a formula I just draw) I don’t spend a whole lot of time on the drawing. I just want to get the proportions right.
Now is the part I hate, tracing. I do the drawing on a different paper then my painting because I erase A LOT. Even with the softest eraser I damage the surface so I find its easier and cleaner to trace and transfer. Also my drawings are more accurate if I shade instead of just a line drawing. I look at the tracing as a second drawing. While tracing I flesh out the drawing a little more and add more details. This step really helps me become familiar with the subject. So here is the tracing. (Its hard to see but it is a tracing)
Now the step I really, really hate, transfering. I find this the most tedious step by far. I used to use markers or pens to trace with but I found that the lines they transfer are much to dark and very hard to erase. So now I use a colored pencil.
Ok so now the sucky part is over! Here is the transferred drawing on the watercolor board. (its pretty light because my transfer paper is old)
Its almost time for the painting!! But first I need to mask off all the hight lights. I use the masquepen mask. I used to use the Incredible mask but i could never get it fine enough. I love the masquepen because the applicator is 5mm, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t always come off cleanly. I never had this issue with the Incredible mask but I feel its an ok trade off.
Now the fun part! Painting!! I do a color swatch to figure out which colors to use for this piece. I decided on phthalo blue, phthalo green yellow shade, phthalo green blue shade, yellow green, cobalt teal, Indian yellow, azo yellow, quinacridone violet and quinacridone red. Then I start painting!!
This is as far as I got today. I hope this was helpful!
Hello friends! Guess what!? I finished my painting!! I’m really excited about this one. I’m very pleased with how it came out. It went threw this really ugly stage… (You know what I’m talking about *winkwink*) I’m not sure why I winked at you. I’m just really happy this turned out as well as it did. Watercolor rules!! Ok, I’m not sure why I said that either… I better stop writing while I’m ahead. Thanks for looking!