I'm an artist in Alabama doing watercolors, and graphic arts on my computer. I hope you will follow my every day adventures with art! Join us at http://www.ciaswatercolorfriends.ning.com a social network dedicated to promoting the art of watercolor! Cecilia

Friday, October 27, 2006

Confederate Roses High on a Bush

This is what I did yesterday and day before. It progressed from a wider picture. After Pauline Healey said the design wasn't good, I began to progressively tape off parts of the painting until I got to this place. I thought this was a good design. The main flower is not in the center and I left the space on the right for a resting space. Here I employed the method of laying down 3 primary colors on a wet petal to get an iridescent look. To do that, one wets the petal, waits for the shine to go away, then again, and then paint yellow first, beside that pink or cool red, and then blue beside that. This prevents the color from becoming green! The other thing that I remembered is that the under side of things reflects a warm light bounce from the ground. I think it worked to create a 3D effect, especially on the flower on the right. What is your opinion?

I know, I know, the sky wash is flawed, I'm trying to decide how to fix that.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Observations of late

Hello my friends, I've been deep into attempting to learn some new techniques, and I have painted two new florals using said techniques. I will post them here. The thing that I have learned is great! How to paint petals with a smooth look.

The other thing that I learned is that these very light paintings do not "carry" from across the room. I must figure this all out.

Maybe making the backgrounds darker will help.

Here they are. The first is a white confederate rose. The second is a dahlia.

Any help would be appreciated.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

My Art Activities

Got Some New Books!

Just a quick note to say that I'm going to take a little time to read my two new books. One is Penny Soto's book, and one is Nita Leland's new book. Names elude me at the moment. I'm pretty excited though!


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Confederate Rose Blossom

Here's the one I just finished yesterday. This is 11" x 15" and it's a painting of a confederate rose blossom that I photographed in my yard. Without further ado, here it is: