Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Practice Leaves


    I notice that when I add leaves to my paintings they don't look as convincing as the flowers they support.

     I am convinced it's because we don't know what leaves look like.

     Consider geranium  leaves. All leaves are not solid green. Maybe it is over -watered and yellow in places, or is too dry and has some red or crispy spots.

With plants bursting all around us, gather some up and teach your brain with memories of leaves. (1) Make leaf rubbings with pencil and tracing paper. Then (2) with the rubbing face-down, use a ballpoint to trace the leaf into a journal or on watercolor paper, and (3) paint what you see.

In this picture, I have geranium, vinca, and boxwood leaves. I am amazed to see that the dried boxwood leaves "shimmer like gold."  Lovely!

Try it and let us all know what you think about the experience.

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My journal happens to be Stillman & Birn the Zeta Series Mixed Media/soft cover


Monday, May 11, 2020

Karlyn Holman Demos the Elegant Writer

   When you spend a lot of time browsing art supplies in specialty stores, you will see the "Elegant Writer," a water-based marker designed for calligraphy artists. Using the Elegant Writer with water color is surprising.
    Learn from this video by an artist I admire.  ~ Gayla

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Vintage Fashion Lady-1


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The other day the question came to mind, "Will we become better painters by doing just one painting?  The answer is "yes."   After every "do," we will see and sense a noticeable improvement.

    As I was looking for inspiration to refresh my own skills, I found fashion paintings on the internet, which brings back memories of vintage sewing patterns with pretty, painted models on the packages.

     In this painting, I learned that putting facial features on a small painting is nearly impossible.  This painting is a 5X7. Next time it will be an 8X10.  Paint and learn!

I can see a series here. The next dress will be purple.