Welcome to My Scene
"My Scene" is sharing a finished painting or my 3 step process to a finished painting using photographs or sketches. Asking, how can I make this scene or subject mine from refrences that hold my attention longer than 5 minutes. Some photographs are just....photographs not paintable interesting subjects. So let's began and hope you enjoy your painting experience........JoBeth
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wet Media Canvas: perfect for watercolors, oils, acrylics, markers, shellac and acrylic-based inks, airbrush colors, alkyds and more! 11oz weight 100% unbleached cotton canvas Triple-primed with acid free special wet media primer Portrait smooth fine weave surface ...
Pros: Good cotton canvas
Cons: Good value
Best Uses: Watercolor
Describe Yourself: Artist
Primary use: Business
Was this a gift?: No
Watercolor works well on Yes Canvas. For best results use a cotton canvas it behaves much like 100% rag paper. Painting the right value, darks and lights, are important from the beginning. Unlike paper, glazing is a problem. When glazing over an area the previous color is lifed and will neutralize or mix a color unknown to man..
Monday, November 7, 2011
The Artists' Choice Since 1492Beyond the main characteristics such as 100% rag content, neutral pH value, stiff sizing, four beautiful deckle edges and mould-made character, are the legendary surfaces. Hot Pressed papers are plate smooth and are ideal for traditional watercolor techniques,...
Arches a good choice
Pros: Dependable, Stores Easily, Long Lasting, Easy To Use
Cons: Good value
Best Uses: Art, Long Term Use
Describe Yourself: Quality Oriented
Primary use: Business
Was this a gift?: No
I have used almost every watercolor paper on the market but return to Arches. I recommend Arches to beginning students and professionals. I like the natural or the bright depending on the subject and the techique used. Knowing what to expect when applying color is important to me and arches passes the test.
Tags: Made with Product, Darks hold from beginning
Tags: Made with Product, Clarity of color
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The paper was dry for washes of carmine, green and orange to be painted around the white buildings, and most of the street. Before the first wash was dry I painted in greens and shadows where they were needed. My plan was to keep the painting in high key (light values) leaving bright whites. It was a challenge to paint the values needed in the beginning as to not disturb them with unnecessary washes over the same area. After the painting was dry darker values where established, calligraphy, and a wash over the foreground street... it seemed to be to light....this is 15x22 using140#Arches cold press paper. Mid values dominate keeping whites and darks connected.....
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Step 2 Mid-Value
Step 3 Dark Value
After a quick sketch... Step 1 is a light wash of orange/purple/green applied to paper that had been sprayed with water. This will be the light value in the painting. Step 2...When paper was dry the mid values were applied mostly in shadow areas....the cars and people where a positive stroke of mid value. Basically reclaiming the drawing.... Step 3...The final darks were established for depth and the use of a rigger brush finished up with calligraphy marks...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Catching the fever....painting on canvas or paper which ever surface suited the painter. Learning for me is greater than what students receive from my students is much more than what they might take home. A week with inspiring eager to learn ladies sets old fires burning. Had a great time new faces, new stories plus painting almost none stop....
This was the last day's demo..on 140# Arches cold press paper.. some painted on canvas and unfortunately I didn't get photos of their work. By the end of the week their work was superior to mine...so maybe it was a plus for me. Keep painting and enjoy the talent of visually seeing subjects different.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
St. Francis Hotel, Santa Fe, was my reference photograph. It was actually taken from the sidewalk looking in but I visualized the waiting table from inside.
On Arches #140 paper, I decided on a a low key painting. Wanting the darks to stay as dark as possible it was necessary to paint on dry paper. I used every dark value on my palette....painting around whites and any value that would become a mid value. The shadows were painted at random thinking about shape not actual cast shadow. To finalize, negative darks were painted and calligraphy marks....this was fun and that's what it's all about.
The photos below were other's having fun......or maybe not....
Brenda with one more stroke of green...
Diane's brush with negative shape
Saturday, July 9, 2011
These are warm up studies I often do...to motivate myself to paint. These are painted with a 2 inch flat brush....no pencil drawing...just shapes. This helps to loosen up and use my imagination, I see you laughing that is if you know me. Great for exploring new colors or color schemes...most are painted on the back of those paintings you don't want anyone to see after your gone....
Friday, July 8, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wet the surface of the paper wash on
New Gamboge and Cadimum Orange
over the people....the center of interest..
While paper is still wet quickly
add mid to darker values of cool reds
greens, blues and purples out to the
papers edge. The challenge is to
keep colors edges soft and graded
After the paper is totally dry
shadows are used to define the
subject. The contrast of lights
and darks at the center of interest
are the main players. The dark edges
are out of focus with hints of color.
Calligraphy and final darks where
they were needed.....I introduce
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
St. Francis Hotel, in Santa Fe, NM, has a lot of potential for paintings. This photo is a balcony with great color and shapes. Great sign....right in the middle, is it necessary....if so where do I need to move it. This is one of those photos that lends itself to two paintings....love those because of the options. Color is always up for grabs....local or a different palette? If you chose to paint this let me know how it turns out or if you have questions....
...this is for those of you with the urge and time to paint but don't know what..or....how. This challenge is to get you started...I created it for a watercolor newsletter which several enjoyed so will continue on this blog. Periodically I will post a subject for you to paint or use something similar with your stash of references. Instruction will be given in regard to color use, technique, value, texture, and because watercolor is that versatile medium it lends itself to many fun experiments. Hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing what your style brings to the table or easel.
Use your creativity to paint this window as if you live there...what would you change...would it be on a larger building...or just a portrait of a window. The choice of color is yours but think mid key values. Aesthetics can dress up any structure....have fun..JoBeth