Friday, October 28, 2011

Art original watercolor flower painting



Titled: “Rojo'”


It’s being a wile since we don’t do a process blog or a live demo, decided to do this one because is important specially dealing with reds in watercolors, good for someone new to the medium and serves as a  reminder.

But first, what does a brand new clean sheet of watercolor paper means? It means planning, plotting and more planning, specially now that materials are so costly,  can’t Imagine starting in watercolors and having to ruin a sheet every single time this is of course, if you are using professional materials.  If you like, a good resistant watercolor paper that can withstand the horrors, puddles, picking up and scrubs of a “master in progress”  good watercolor papers will be 140lb  Fabriano Artistico, Arches, and Canson Montvall.  If you think got a long way with watercolors, Strathmore will do the  job, lately Strathmore has come out with beautiful sheets of good professional quality watercolor paper, mainly comes in a pack that you can also use for practice,  if you prefer. 

Does  materials matter? Yes and No, you probably where expecting a better answer, but the matter of fact is that, I’ve found that when using student grade materials often had to use more quantity of paint as well as the brushes, kinda left me hanging, not to mention the paper was done over by the third “puddle”, but they are necessary, specially for practice.  Notice also I’ve mention “puddle”  this is frankly what comes out when we first start with the medium.  This means patience is key and practice.

Now, What advantages do you get when using professional materials? Durability and better pigmentation, good quality watercolors paint survive a long time and the brushes as well, this means that perhaps you might need a little more change for your materials. But it will be worth it!  Does professional materials helps the artwork look or come out as in better?   That is a tricky question because there’s so many paintings in my experience, that have being done with professional materials yet there’s no remedy. So again this has to do with your own hands on training not necessarily the materials… in other words, will be just a good quality puddle.  By the way you should keep those, with in time you can see your own progress.

When mixing watercolor  red paints, does it matter? yes it does, Good watercolorists  must be acquaintance with the type of paints we are using, for example is it transparent, staining or non staining? for us to get to know the properties even if is in the label, is good to do a paper test prior to use, majority of watercolor companies have theirs already for your viewing, yet, you should always do your own test with the type of paper your using.


Red on Reds on Reds. This means that the painting was layered  from start to finish with different red colors, first transparent, then adding the staining little by little, letting it dry in intervals but not completely. As the example, you can see how red was used and where medium or dark  where need it, a mixture of blue and red was added, to give strength to the next layer, also note where  darkest shadows where need it, a staining color was added, this helps with time.

Can you achieve the same by a direct approach? The purpose of  layers in my case is for the colors to overlap, this makes it as unique, also helps with transparency in some of the colors and light, you must remember that an important aspect of watercolor painting is light. 

Hope, we can continue exploring the world of watercolors and other mediums together, this is the technical part of the red drape.  Yet for me the must important is for you to learn, to be and have patience with your self, to continue progressing and painting.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Original ACEO Art rooster


My favorite ACEO for this week is of a rooster with a peculiar character, and realistic eyes.

Titled “handsome”


The ACEO was made from dark to light as the entire canvas was covered, highlight's where last to be applied.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oil Painting Flowers and Bird

Finished painting 24" by 36"

Oil painting flowers and bird


work in progress

Oil painting progress

Painting size is 24” by 36”  made in oils using the technique Italian term  “Alla prima” also known as  wet in to wet.

History about Artwork: This painting is a dream not long ago where, established and plotted different ideas, the blue jay is a bird that in repeated occasions has  being seeing all over  along with the red cardinal.

Please note:this painting has of course an exaggerated flower, and a calm peaceful sky ~ and it will be titled “Hope” or “The gift of”…not sure yet … on the mean time is my greatest pleasure to show you part of the process.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Original Oil painting miniature ACEO

Titled: “Green Eyes”
Thought on blogging about My story, about Why I paint?  to do a video blog about it, but then again who would want to hear?  That wile I was breast feeding with one hand… the other one was drawing and painting…..
The  ACEOS go by theme, what interest me in the morning since I first put my pen on paper, was it a face? that song…, So they are in fact very important is my life, glimpse of the reality. Yesterday, the (dog) Cassie saw a wild cat, she barked and barked… but then again she is scared of the vacuum, funny huh?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oil Portrait process



 With an accurate color scheme the process becomes much easier, If is possible doing skin tests on the palette until you get the right mixture. Remember that you are not only doing a portrait, but a human being.  It is also important to record which colors where combined to utilize in the portrait since not everyone has the same skin tone.



For this portrait we started with a simple sketch with burnt sienna, burnt umber a little mixture of yellow ochre. This is just for the preliminary sketch with out measuring and adding, in this portrait the face factions are done later on, everything goes by view of the muscle instead and of course relying  heavily in the measurements of the human head or  better say anatomy. 


 When it comes to eyes, think open orbit, the bones, muscles and  inside the eyes, their texture,  remember the softness, with out forgetting eye lids, not to miss the shadow when it comes to the muscle, remember  the out side light and how it reflects, jumps from your eye back to the object and from the object back…. 

This is just the technical part of making a portrait a little information. Because  I know repetition is important, as well as passion for sharing, teaching and learning to progress,  this is all  practice and error so it is, we continue painting, pushing the brush for our sake, because we need to…


Painting coming a long  and drying wile at it…. time to start another watercolor.