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Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Series


...enjoys playing with all the 'critters
in the garden.


...a bit shy, she likes taking walks
at night and counting the stars.


...finds a new friend!

"The Big Game"

...not to be confused with 'big game',
(as in large mammals), these forest-dwellers
would rather braid porcupine quills
than miss this weekly social gathering!

Limited edition prints of these original
mixed media paintings done by me, Dave
the famous artist, will be available shortly
at my Etsy store:
for just a smile and 3 acorns!!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dave's Painting Demos #001

This is my first in what will be an on-going series of demonstration paintings, some in watercolor and some in acrylic. Hope you find them entertaining and, if you're an artist, I hope you'll find them educational as well.

I use a John Pike pallette and just about 8 basic colors which I'm not going to bother listing because they won't look the same in your painting anyway. ( If you'd really like to know e-mail me )!

These are just a very basic assortment of brushes I use. Only 3 of them were used in this painting. The brush handle you see is an old aquarelle brush that died but I keep the handle for scraping!

Start with a very light, rough sketch in pencil. Keep it loose. If you do a tight, detailed sketch your painting style will follow. If that's what you want then go ahead. Or take a photograph!!!

Start laying in basic color washes with your 1 inch brush...somewhat sloppy with plenty of water. Let the paint drip or splatter and soften some edges. Also, keep the values light to begin with. The white of the paper is the only white we use in watercolor so plan to avoid putting much color on those places you want to remain very light or white.

After establishing some basic color washes the sky will be dry enough to begin putting the hills in. Remember to start with a fairly light color even though the hills will get darker as we go. Mix a bit of warmth into the greens, ( like yellow ochre ), to avoid boring, flat colors.

Start the stand of Eucalyptus trees with a 1 inch brush slightly angled and with a fairly dry mixture of a light warm green. ( If it's too wet you won't get the texture you want ).

After the first light application of color on the trees let them dry and begin putting base colors on the house. You, of course, must have established where your light source is so you know which side of the house is in sunlight and which is in shadow. In this case the light is coming from right to left.

Now begin adding more color on the house as well as some detail. Note I have switched to my quarter inch flat brush instead of the 1 inch.

Surround the house with a few trees and shrubs to 'plant it' nicely and add shadows from the trees onto the house and the ground.

Here I'm adding subtle tire ruts in the dirt road.

Now let's finish up the Eucalyptus trees. Add some nice darker colors. Eucalyptus have lots of color in the foliage, including reds and oranges.

Here's where that brush handle comes in to scrape suggestions of trunk and branches. The paint has to still be wet but not too wet. Practice! It's a matter of timing. If they don't look wonderful don't worry... can touch them up a bit later.

Now we're ready to add some darks to the foreground grasses.

You can add a few scrapes for texture with the brush handle again. If you can't find this type of brush you could look for wooden clay modeling tools in a craft store.

Also add some spatters for texture if you'd like. Just don't get too carried away with this. Like any other little 'gimick' just a little is the best policy.

Finally, I've decided the background hills got a little too dark so a little light scrubbing with clean water will add light and more shape.

Blot the area with a clean cloth after you've scrubbed a small patch. Then add a little light yellow to make it look sunlit.

Then sign're done!
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