I have a new painting on my easel. The seagulls are everywhere...these two I photographed on Tybee Island in GA last November. I love all the cool blue tones against the white of the birds and the sparkle of the reflections....
Friday, February 17, 2012
You probably noticed the blog hop button on my side bar.....I have never joined a "blog hop" before, but somehow this one touched my heart.
Why do I love Art.....
Freedom to fly to soar....
To Inspire....and be inspired....
To "Embrace the Beauty" that surrounds us all
To Reach out...to touch and be touched
To be Who I am
"To capture for one brief moment in time.....a moment of Beauty"
Monday, February 13, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
A little about materials. I love my acrylics and right now I'm using Decoart's Traditions. My palette consist of White, Black, Burnt Umber, Ultra Blue, Cream, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, and Grey. My painting surface is an 8 inch x 8 inch Gesso board with a 3/4 inch cradle. I'm very detailed with my paintings and I have found Gesso board's smooth surface makes achieving that detail so much easier. I do plan to try some illustration board at some point and also planning on experimenting with some Golden Acrylics. I know that is what a lot of Acrylic artist use because they are pigment rich. I'm pretty happy with Decoart, but always room for improvement!
Again...each individual feather is painted...lay down the values, then add texture, repeat as necessary. It is a long process, but I do so love the results when it all comes together. I usually have music playing as I work and my hubby always knows when things are going well with a painting......cause I dance....not unusual for him to see me twirling and singing around the living room. I just have to let all that JOY out!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
A closer look at the feathers and neck/head area below. Again...I'm just trying to establish the basic shapes of the feathers and beginning to build layers of color
I do use a matte medium (mixed with 50% water) in between the layers of washes. It preserves the work completed and aids in adding depth to the painting.