Sunday, December 19, 2010

This will be my new painting

Hi. Just checking in. Christmas is almost here and I am ready for it. I am getting anxious to start my new painting. It will be a standard size painting and a kaleidoscope. I never trace or use a projector so the painting will be alot different than the photo. I only use photos as reference. This photo is what I will be working from. I am going to change the direction of the light too.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas.

Merry Christmas! I am decorating the house today and I will get the cards ready to mail on Monday. We put our tree up and so far just the lights are up. We found the perfect tree after going to three tree lots. I won't be painting until after Christmas but I want to thank everyone for signing up as a follower. Hugs to all of you. I have my original Aquabord paintings on sale (20% off ) in my zibbet shop. They will be on sale until Christmas.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

WIP Orchid painting completed

Okay, here it is. It sure looks alot different now. I used a background that I have never used before. I was told a long time ago to take chances with new colors and let myself go. Here is the result. The kaleidoscope background has many transparent layers in it. The first layers were burnt umber in some squares and raw sienna in the others. I put layers of Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna and Opera Rose over the top letting each layer dry completely. I like texture so I wanted the brushstrokes to show. I learned how to do this by hit and miss, the way that I do most of my work. The added colors tie the background and the foreground together. I added color pencil in some of the areas to pop the color. Mollie, the secret glaze is the Impellist flourescent orange. I just ordered more and the only place that I could find it was in Australia. I had to take this picture inside at a north window because it is raining today. The size of the painting is 15x21.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WIP Orchids Glow Added

I applied my secret glaze today. This is before I tone it down. I left it bright so you can see what I did. I used Sakura  Impellist florescent orange in the petals. I have been using this color for years. It adds a glow that is slight after I tone it down. It really brings life into the work. I used it on Kaleidoscope Of Christmas Past...especially on the Santa bag.  I am close to being done with the flowers and I am very anxious to do the kaleidoscope background...stay tuned.