Saturday, March 15, 2008

I guess I must be in the mood for something tropical since I am so sick of rain and cold so I painted these two Lorikeets. I got a bit carried away with the background because I was trying a new painting technique but I think it works anyway.

I have been testing various watercolor papers to find one I really like and ordered a piece of Twinrocker hand made paper. It is quite expensive but after using it I decided it is absolutely worth it!
The colors stayed so vibrant and the paper was very easy to work with. Because of its heavy deckle edge I decided to just mount it on a white mat paper and then frame it that way.
This is my grooming parrot! He is grooming his tail feathers.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Cactus pads

My demo for my WC class this week was one I thought would be fun for my students.
We wet the upper part of the paper and dropped in the background color. Let that dry and then wet the entire rest of the painting and again dropped in color. After that dried, we did some positive and negative painting and glazing to define the pads.
We were testing Lanaquarelle paper and found that the color of the paint stays very intense, unlike most papers I have used. As a result the painting is quite saturated.
The paper is very nice to work with and I love the intense color.

This was a demonstration for my WC beginner class. I really like how the background turned out, it is burnt sienna with water spritzed on when it was not quite dry.

This is a portrait of a very sweet little cocker that I finished recently.

This is one of the first paintings I did while enjoying an online Watercolor pencil class.

This is WC pencil also and is a study of a wave.

WC pencil study of rain

This is a resin draft horse named Igor and his little rider that I finished a couple of weeks ago.

This is a resin jumper painted buckskin with tobiano markings.