Friday, May 29, 2009

Glass & Lilacs

Original Watercolor

Here is a section from one of my paintings of the lilacs that grow all along the edge of our deck. They're all "white" (I have a blue and white garden in the back.)

This combines our last few classes, painting lilacs and painting glass.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lilacs Print

Lilacs from my print

The original is sold and all I have left is a print, but I trust this will give my students an example of painting these white flowers in watercolor.

It's all about the light.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Slice of the Artist's Life

Study of lemon slice

Most of my painting time is taken up with teaching composition the last few weeks. Working out the compositions, shopping for fresh replacements of eggs, fruit, etc. ....and hauling everything to and from class....exhausting! Well worth the personal discoveries I see my students making, though.

This still-wet study is approximately life size of the actual lemon slice. I think, to explore the subtle color variations, you need enough room for your brush to make a color statement.

Fingernail sized fruit, flowers, vegetables, etc. fail to entertain.