It's about 5 x 8, black ink. Took about 10 minutes.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sometimes paintings work and sometimes they don't. I think it's fair to occasionally post something that I'm not thrilled with.
The view from my hotel room in Puerto Vallarta was fantastic. Really lovely. I could see the beach and ocean and mountains and palm trees and hear the waves.
I tried sketching them (leaving out the neighboring resorts). Needless to say, this isn't good. I'll blame it on the new materials and my lack of experience with watercolor. Much as I liked the convenience of the pens, the set came with primary colors. They are rather bright and harsh; I was having trouble working in subtleties.
As I said, it's a matter of practice.
Oh -- 4x6, watercolor on paper. Probably 10-15 minutes, tops.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Watercolor, 4x6 inches on paper -- same size as a wish-you-were-here postcard.
As you can see from my recent ACEO post, I spent a few days last week in Puerto Vallarta basking on the beach. To challenge myself, I took some watercolor brushes and did a little sketching. I've never been brave enough to do that -- I mean, what if they stink? What if someone sees me?
So, I compromised. I didn't paint in public. I painted on my balcony, sometimes from life (see upcoming post of mountains - what did I say about something stinking?), sometimes from memory (as this one), and sometimes from photos.
I spent one evening playing with my camera at sunset, trying all the settings that I never use. Got some great shots and some interesting ideas for paintings.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I wish I could explain the image but I can't. It just made me laugh.
- Select a photo -- magazine or laser prints work best. Don't use prints on photo paper or made from ink jet printers.
- Cover it with at least 4 coats of acrylic gel medium. Let dry thoroughly.
- Soak in water for a few minutes to soften the backing paper. Rub the paper off. Soak as needed to loosen all the paper.
- The image will remain attached to the acrylic gel and will appear transparent.