I’m not too used to painting in watercolor, but my wife gave me a set of colors, and I’m giving them a try.
This is one of our cats. He’s named Max. He’s very fat and has gray fur. There wasn’t any gray paint in the watercolor set, so I used different other colors. This piece is about 16″ x 24″ in size.
This is the first thing I tried. I have some long pieces of paper left over from work (about 48″ x 15″) so I’m trying to use them up. Not knowing where to even start trying to paint watercolor, I looked up internet articles, and found this interesting one about painting negative shapes:
If you’re interested in watercolor painting, you should try this method. It’s really different from oil painting… when painting in oils, I tend to work from dark to light. Painting in watercolor is more like the opposite, building up color to make the dark areas.
So I thought I’d try the same thing with frog shapes. My original thought was to make kind of a lattice of frogs reaching out to one another, and repeating that pattern a little smaller and a little darker in the dark places.
Unfortunately I made the frog shapes too big, and anyway, a lattice of frogs is kind of weird to begin with. So I just did one more layer of shapes behind them, and called it a day.
I’m enjoying the watercolor paints. There’s a lot to learn for me here.
I’ve played enough Baritone Ukulele that I’ve decided to upgrade my instrument. But what should I do with my old entry-level cheap-o? Make an art object of it, that’s what!
Here’s a picture of it in progress:
I drew the outlines with a Sharpie pen, and then painted the colors with oil paint. It’s dry now, and I tuned it back up. The extra thickness of the soundboard didn’t seem to affect the tone or volume much at all, which is good.
These are things I painted for hanging in my own home. Not really art, but just decorative stuff that I wouldn’t mind looking at for awhile. These are paintings I made for me, but I thought I’d post them here so you could see them if you wanted to.
They’re fairly big so that they cover a lot of wall space.
So after having painted the flowers, I went out with my camera to take pictures of clouds. I photoshopped different ones together to make this picture, and then decided to paint it on its own canvas (18″ x 24″) instead of behind the flowers.
I hadn’t painted flowers in a long time, so I asked my wife to go and pick up a variety of them for me to paint.
She came back with far more than I needed (and several vases.) I don’t know anything about the art of flower arranging, so I just tried to make a pleasing composition. I set them up outside, in the morning so that the light would hit them from the side. I put a piece of FoamCor (a kind of illustration board) behind them to block out the background.
Now that I look at it, I think the blankness is a little strange. Maybe I should paint in some trees or clouds or something. I don’t know. This canvas is 36″ x 24″.
I painted this for my friend at work who met his wife in the Marines. The picture depicts her as she looked 30 years ago.
It’s oil on an 18″ x 24″ stretched cotton duck canvas.
This is my cat Princess, looking through a torn curtain.
I picked this subject because it was a challenge. There’s light coming through the curtain, reflected onto the cloth and around the cat. This forces me to make a lot of judgements throughout the process, and I’m sure that I’ve improved as a painter by doing it.
It came out okay, I guess. It could have been better; it could have been worse. It’s 11″ x 14″