Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Hope you have a great 'country morning', too!
Monday, March 30, 2009
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Never fear! Tada! help is here in the form of a 'clay shaper'. This helpful little tool is made for sculpting clay, smoothing pastels, blending charcoal, and it works great to lift watercolor paint! This is the softest one that is available (there is also a medium - grey, and a hard - black, clay shaper).
Okay - here is how the clay shaper works (for me) to lift watercolor:
1. You have to use a really good watercolor paper with the sizing all the way through the paper - not just sizing on the surface. How well the paint lifts is determined by a number of things - one of which is whether the paint can 'move' on the sizing. If the sizing is only on the surface, this won't work really well to lift paint because the paint will soak in to the paper where the sizing is removed.
2. This works best with non-staining colors. When in doubt, do a test of the paint on the same paper and try to lift it . If your color is a staining color, you will not be able to get the paint to lift completely, but you should still be able to lighten it.
3. I dip the clay shaper in water and lightly scrub the paper with it while dabbing the excess water and lifted paint with a paper towel.
It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 - Voila! Billie Jane's highlights are back.
Now, if I can just remember not to paint over them again....
Thanks for stopping by and keeping up on the progress!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Well, I hope to get a bit of painting done tomorrow. We'll see what kind of progress I can make!
Friday, March 6, 2009
...I find that I am enjoying the layers of washes and how they look. I love to build up my washes slowly - layer on layer. I like the way the finished painting looks when I do that. If you look closely at my work, you can see that there have been many layers of transparent washes built up to make the final image come alive.
There is still lots more to be done! Keep checking back to see what's next =) You can also follow my progress with more comments on facebook. There's a link on this blog page that will take you there. You can also search for me on facebook with my email:
Hope you are enjoying watching the progress on this painting!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
So - here is the start. I have laid in some basic washes and general tones. Lots will change as I paint. One of the things I love to do when I paint with watercolor is to build up lots of transparent washes one on top of the other.
I like to paint some details in early, too, so here I have started just a little hint of the details that are yet to come.