Wednesday, October 19, 2016

woyww- magnolia blooms

This week I am painting a magnolia and have decided to stick to the "botanical style" white background.  Anna Mason's tutorial offers a sky blue background but, I prefer the simple clean style.  Have just realised that it will be one year next month that I signed up for the online tutorial class with the wonderful Anna Mason.

Thank you to all the lovely woyww's who leave such encouraging comments about my paintings. I almost feel guilty ..... The only reason my paintings are half decent is totally due to a fabulous tutor who teaches a painting technique that clicks with me.  I would love to paint freestyle watercolours and I have tried with lots of frustrating results.  

Looking back I can see how much I have learnt this year:
  • Seeing the detail, hue/value in the object 
  • sticking to the technique
  • push myself and try hard tutorials
  • join a lovely encouraging community to keep you at your desk on a Wednesday
Have a lovely week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

woyww- cherries and a bag on my other desk

A view of my other desk covered in bits and pieces as I get ready for a workshop in a couple of weeks.  Yes the sketch is strategically opened at a sketch.  I have signed up for a Dina Wakley  one day course on painting faces and abstract art.  Something different for me as it will be messy and not focused on detail.  I do like Dina's work and always good to do something out of my comfort zone.

Painted cherries from last week looking shiny and ready to eat.
Have a lovely woyww. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

woyww - fruit for a change

Cherries for a change of pace at this wednesday desk.

Agapanthus .... pleased with the depth and contrast.  
Painting on hold as I have come down with another virus.  
Happy woyww.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

woyww - mixed bunch of flora

Painting an Agapanthus on Tuesday night and the light was better when I was painting.  Not back at my desk until Thursday.

The completed sweet pea from last week with my shadow adding a touch of realism.

Finally a  tattoo rose painted as a gift for DD's friend .....minus obscenities. (All credit to Victor-Octaviano image on Pinterest). DD not fussed on my botanicals and I don't swear so we came to a compromise.  The rose took an hour to paint unlike the botanicals....... days set aside to paint all the detail. Amazingly very relaxing.

Have a lovely woyww.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

woyww-sweet pea

Photo taken late on Tuesday night but it will be pretty much the same on Wednesday.  The first stages of painting a sweet pea. Pretty and simple just how I like it.

The finished tiara from a couple of weeks ago.  Not able to visit other desks until the weekend .
Have a great woyww.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

woyww - tiara

This woyww desk is almost ready to paint a tiara.  

On the left you can see the almost complete tracing/sketch with the original at the ready to check for details.  Sometimes I sketch and other times I trace from the original.  It all depends on how much time I have before painting.  (Image from Pinterest).  On the right are watercolour paints still in place from the fish I finished over the weekend.  There is some logic to my choice of subject and it is usually about painting different textures in water colour.  
Makes sense to me.
Have a lovely woyww

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Eastern Sea garfish

The eastern sea garfish on a late Sunday night.
Who would of thought scales are sooooo hard to paint.