This is a lesson on washes using dark colors. I tried to paint the dark background to show the white shirt on the musician. My problem is not being patient enough to let the water and color pigment work its magic and force them to work my way. The result is overworked areas. I had a lot to learn. This is the third try of the same painting.
I took a break from oil painting this summer and attended Hanna Adler's watercolor workshop. It has been several years since I last touched watercolor and I was excited to get back to it. After several lessons on wash and design elements, I finally get to paint a portrait from a photo of my grandson. Hanna's approach emphasis on building shapes with layers of transparent colors, reveal the light and shadow by color temperature. That's a lot to digest and apply the knowledge to real painting. This is my third try for the same painting.
After lunch at Balboa Island, my friend Karen and I walked along the street looking for a shady area and interesting spot to paint. Karen had her eyes on this candy store and across the street is a for lease property; a shady spot and no people in and out, perfect! Within the two hours we been there, there were people, bikes and dogs in front of the store, I can choose whichever scene to paint. Here is what I did.
I went with my hiking group on a day trip this spring. Our last destination is Vasquez Rock Nature Park in the high dessert near Agua Dulce Spring, ca. It has spectacular rock and stone formation. I painted this from the picture I took.
One summer we went to my friend's beach house in Sequim, WA to catch some Dungense crabs and digging clams. While others were hard working digging clams, I discovered this poppy at the back of her house. They are more like roses with multiple layers of pedal, pretty to look at but hard to paint.
I went to the CCAA painting group and did this of a live model. This is my third study in this monthly painting group. I have overcome my anxiety this time and concentrate on drawing, mixing color and painting all in three hours. I have much to learn but I enjoy the session.
This is the second floral painting study after I received several valuable critiques from my friends on the first 'peach blossom'. I'm beginning to like the smoothness surface of the Richeson panel and painting with wet paint mixed with medium which gives me a lot freedom in moving the paint. This is a good experience.
While I was in Seattle last summer, we visited the Ballard Lock which links between the salt water of Puget Sound to the ship canal and lakes. People are waiting for the water level be adjusted to allow all kinds of boats to pass.
Watching my artist friend Martha Cowan paints this red glass for her demonstration oil painting at the Associated Artist Association monthly meeting last week, I was inspired by her skill and insight and can't wait to go back and paint. I borrow this glass from her and did this version.