Good Morning!!! Each Thursday we have an artists' breakfast at a lovely diner in Inwood, WV. We share ideas, critique each other's work, learn new concepts, and participate in art shows together. It's one of the nicest things I can do for myself and best way I know of to be encouraged to keep painting and growing!!!
I watched one of Linda Baker's DVDs on the techniques that she uses in her watercolor paintings. She does like 5 layers - each masked - to the point that the last layer is just the darks between the remainder of the painting which has been masked at various levels. She pours paint, she uses pipettes - lots of fabulous color and still keeps in mind elements and principals of design. I can't wait to try it!!!
Today I finally have set aside time to try underpainting some abstract designs based on teachings of Karlyn Holman! I'm so excited - she uses tons of texture techniques and always pays attention to path of light and path of dark. Great design lessons, for sure!
"Surrounded by Angels"
I did this one using new luminescent paints by Daniel Smith! And scraped watercolor pencils into water to create the checked "table cloth". This was another fun one to do. I'm going to take the next several days to watch DVDs by Karlyn Holman re abstract art. Should learn a lot about design in the process and look forward to playing with many, many new techniques in creating texture while keeping light and focal point in mind. Really outside of the box thinking for me and has to be good for me!!! Learn and grow - that's what it's all about!
"Thank you Daddy"
This was SO MUCH FUN to paint! I've been wanting to do it for a long, long time and couldn't figure out how to do the sheet music. Watercolor pencils are great, but look like crayon when used dry....I could have done pen and ink, but hard to draw something this tiny accurately. Then I learned about using Thai paper and voila!!! Taped it to sheet of copy paper, scanned the music and printed it! Paint write over it when it's dry! Very fun and I can't wait to find more uses for it. Thank you Karlyn Holman!!!
"His and Her Tools"
This was a fun one to paint! By scraping watercolor pencils against sandpaper, it made perfect rust!!! Also played with new irredescent Daniel Smith paints - in silver, gold and copper! Painting should be fun - and it truly is!!!
I really like painting glass! This is using one of this year's design color trends - plum! (the other three are tangerine, chartreus and red) Still not finished with this one yet, but I like where it's going!
"Be Safe, My Darling"
This is my first use of "Thai Paper" on the letter. I'm so excited - what a cool technique! I'm hoping it "tells a story" without being too personal! This is from a photo of Jim's Dad who I sadly never had the pleasure of meeting. Still needs more tweaking and I'm in great need of a critique session - get well soon, Anna! :-)
Andrea Burke, WVWS
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