Thursday, May 19, 2011

At Chris Leeper's Workshop

      This was day three at Christopher Leeper's watermedia workshop in Kettering, Ohio. (Go to Chris' web site.)
     This is the first painting I did, Liquid Gold. It's done on a quarter sheet of Arches cold-pressed 140# watercolor paper. I began with an underpainting of transparent watercolor, then an overpainting of gouache (opaque watercolor). I was trying to capture the moment near sunset when the light hits that cliff and reflects into the stream. The water turns to molten gold, and my camera was totally unable to fully capture the effect. This is close. Reference photo was taken just outside of Yosemite National Park.

     This second painting is from a photo taken at Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio. Feeling a little braver, I worked on a half sheet of Arches CP 140# paper. This time I started with transparent watercolor and overpainted with acrylics.
     I'm trying to be bolder and more creative with my use of color and to loosen up my brushwork. 
     It's not really complete yet -- about 90% there. 
     (I'm unhappy that my husband's camera time stamped my photos. I'll have to figure how to turn that feature off!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Little Rose

This little painting is about 4x6-inches on Lanaquarelle CP paper.
     The rose is from a photo reference, but the leaves were an exercise in negative painting and came out of my head.