Friday, March 26, 2010

Orange on Found Paper

I started my painting session yesterday at the Art League by finding some donated paper. I wasn't sure what it was so I decided to do a 20 minute challenge with it. One of the artists brought juice oranges to share and I decided that would make a good subject. As I began my painting I noticed that the water in my paint was being sucked up by the blotter-like paper. Indeed, if my brush was really wet, it soaked right through the paper. Since the pigment doesn't lay on the surface more than a nano-second, it's very difficult to blend colors on the paper. I worked in layers, instead. I think the paper is for print making. I may try a mono print on it and see how it works out.
My scan of the painting is more vivid than that of the actual painting, I noticed the same thing with the pears. I tried to adjust it with my picture program but wasn't happy with any of the results. Does anyone have any ideas that aren't too technical? Thanks.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stavanger, Norway 2

This is another little painting that I did for the Virtual paint out blog. The assignment was Stavanger Norway and I found this house on the water with what must be a wonderful view. It's hard to see on my painting but there was even a bridge between the far hills. I love the simplicity of the house nestled down off the road and close to the water. I wonder if there is a boat of some kind moored back there out of view. This has been a lot of fun to go to a virtual place and paint. I have really enjoyed the trip, especially since I know it is winter there and probably not nearly so green. I've enjoyed seeing the scenes that others have painted, too.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.