Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 19, 2018)


Here is the project I have been working on, a wooden codfish I am decorating to be auctioned off in a fundraiser for Marblehead Festival of Art.  This year, my fish will have a pattern of seashells where you would expect to see scales.  Today I outlined the seashell shapes in light brown colored pencil.  Later, the brown pencil lines will be covered with metallic gold marker. I also tried out a bit of turquoise colored pencil in narrow spaces where it may be hard to use a brush.  To be continued. . . .

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 18, 2018)


Here is Shelli, a codfish-in-progress. This is for the Marblehead Art Association, which will soon auction off wooden codfish cutouts decorated by local artists.  My fish is going to be decorated with a seashell pattern, hence the name "Shelli".  The iridescent blue will be the background color, continued through the middle of the fish.  But right now I am using white paint for the seashells.  To be continued. . . .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 16, 2018)


This is the wooden codfish I am decorating for the Marblehead Festival of Arts fundraiser.  This year I am painting a seashell design on my fish, and I have named this fish "Shelli".  Yesterday I figured out the color scheme.  I mixed some turquoise paint with iridescent pearl and I liked the color.  I used the color to make a small sample of the pattern.  But I had mixed up too much paint, so I decided to use it to start painting the wooden codfish. I was happy with the way the paint captures the light.  To be continued.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Color Scheme Selected for Shelli


This year, I am decorating a wooden codfish for the Marblehead Festival of the arts.  This is for a fundraiser in which local artists are given wooden codfish forms to decorate, and these are then auctioned to benefit the Marblehead Art Association.  This year, I am going to decorate my fish with a seashell design (so the seashells replace the fish scales). My design is posted here (April 8) but I have been trying to decide on the color scheme.  Yesterday I posted four possibilities and asked for feedback.  Most people like the turquoise background, but a lot of people also liked the iridescent pearl background. Some people suggested blending the choices, which gave me an idea!  I decided to mix up a pale turquoise iridescent paint to use as the background. I plan to have white shells, outlined in gold.  This morning I tried out the idea.  I mixed iridescent pearl paint with a bit of manganese blue, and really liked the result.  So I made this little "mock-up".  In fact, I mixed up too much of the pale turquoise paint but felt sufficiently certain of my decision to use the extra paint to start painting the fish.  To be continued. . . . 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Color Scheme for Shelli (Apr. 15, 2018)


I am decorating a wooden codfish for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts.  This is for a fundraiser in which local artists are given wooden codfish forms to decorate.  The decorated codfish are shown and then auctioned to benefit the Marblehead Art Association.  This year, I am going to decorate my fish with a seashell design (so the seashells replace the fish scales). My design is ready to go (posted here April 8), but I am still trying to figure out the color scheme.  Today I tried out four possibilities.  Feel free to vote in the comments. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Turquoise Canyon (Acrylic Watermedia)


This is the painting I have been working on, and I finished it this morning.  I added some pink outline to the top of the canyon, to indicate light and to suggest some three-dimensional shapes. Then I added a phalo-green wash to the cliffs, and as well as some more purple to indicate shadows.  This is another of my "Mountain Daydreams," painted from my imagination and my memories of Colorado, my home state. This is acrylic used with water, on Aquabord, 16 x 2 inches.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Turquoise Canyon (Acrylic Watermedia as of Apr. 13, 2018)


This is the painting I am working on, a mountain landscape painted from my imagination and my memories of the Colorado mountains.  This is acrylic used with water on Aquabord, 16 x 20 inches. Today I used some transparent layers of very pale blue over the pink and blue areas of the sky. Now the distinction is still visible, but more subtle, and I am happy with that.  I added more  blue-green washes to the bottom of the painting, and also added some purple to create shadows, and to create a color tie-in between the sky and  the mountains.  And I brightened the sun a bit.  Just a few more things to fix, almost there. To be continued. . . 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Turquoise Canyon (Acrylic Watermedia as of Apr. 11, 2018)


This is the painting I started a few days ago,  This is acrylic paint used with water on Aquaboard.  Yesterday I began working on the sky.  The horizontal line is going to mark a layer of clouds rolling in (a storm front).  I used pink and purple, but these are not the final colors.  I want the contrast between the two colors to be more subtle, but still obvious.  To be continued. . .

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Shelli (Codfish Project as of Apr. 10, 2018)


This is a decorated wooden codfish that I am making for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts.  Local artists are creating decorated codfish to be auctioned off to benefit the Marblehead Arts Association. This is my fourth year participating, and this time my codfish, Shelli, will be decorated with a surface design of seashells. My. Two days ago, I primed the wooden cutout with gesso, and yesterday began laying out the design on the wood with pencil and a ruler.  I had already drawn the design on paper (posted here on April 8). My focus was just getting the basic spacing down.  If you want where this is headed, follow this link to see "Bella Bacalhau," an entry from 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/26803421380/

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Turquoise Canyon (Acrylic Watermedia as of Apr. 10, 2018)


I started a new painting this morning. This is another of my "Mountain Daydreams," landscapes painted from my imagination and memories of the Colorado mountains.  I am painting a lot of these landscapes for a show in July, and am trying to make it all around the color wheel. This is acrylic paint used with water on Aquabord. The straight line in the sky is a feature brought back from my earlier paintings. I imagine it is a jet trail, or perhaps the edge of a storm front.  In this painting, I am letting the paint drip down over the image, something I haven't yet done the Aquabord for fear of accidentally staining the wooden sides (cradle). But today I figured out how to use dripping wet paint in a way that I can control. I am glad because that effect can suggest waterfalls, which is how I am using it in this painting.  This is a work-in-progress. To be continued. . . .

Monday, April 09, 2018

In the Alfama, Lisbon


This is part of a series, "Watercolors of Portugal." I started this series after my first trip to Portugal; painting from my photos was a way of extending my visits. I have shown these paintings in a number of places locally, but for the past few years, this painting (a staircase in the Alfama, in Lisbon) has been sitting in a corner of my home studio because the glass had broken during transit. Last week, I finally took it in to get new glass, and picked it up today.  Now it is hanging in my studio at Porter Mill. I am glad to have it there, because it is one of my favorites, and a reminder of a lovely trip. I thought that I must have already posted this painting here, along with other paintings in this set, but I searched and couldn't find it.  So here it is, with brand new UV glass. 


Sunday, April 08, 2018

Sketching Shelli (Codfish Project) Apr. 8, 2018


This is a sketch for the wooden codfish I am decorating for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts. This is my fourth year participating. About 50 local artists will each decorate a wooden codfish, to be displayed in Marblehead and then auctioned off to benefit Marblehead Festival of the Arts. This year, I am decorating my codfish with a design of seashells in place of scales. I decided to name my fish Shelli.  Instead of starting work right on the wooden cutout, I am planning out my design on paper.  The sketch is still rough, but I think the idea will work.  If you want to get an idea of where this is going, follow this link to see "Bella Bacalhau," my entry from 2 years ago (2016): www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/26803421380/

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Codfish Project (Shelli) as of Apr. 7, 2018


On Thursday, I drove over to Marblehead to pick up this wooden codfish cutout.  For the fourth year, I am participating in a project for Marblehead Festival of the Arts. Local artists decorate wooden codfish, which are then displayed in downtown Marblehead and auctioned off to benefit the arts in Marblehead.  This is a photo of my wooden cutout.  The codfish form is a bit smaller than in past years, but is very graceful.  This year, I plan to decorate my codfish cutout with a seashell pattern, and have decided to call my fish Shelli.  Last year I named my fish "Cecelia", and if you would like to see her, here's a link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/randiart/34299794190/


Friday, April 06, 2018

Sage Green Hills (Acrylic Watermedia)


This is the painting I have been working on.  Today I added some white washes to the sky, and also added some pale yellow-green outline to the silhouettes of the hills.  I made a slight change to the shape of one of the hills.  And now I think it is done.  This is acrylic used with water on Aquabord 16 x 20 inches.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Sage Green Hills (Acrylic Watermedia as of Apr. 5, 2018)


This is the painting I have been working on. This is acrylic used with water on Aquabord. Today I started by adding a pale mauve wash to the mountains, to tone down the yellow-green just a bit, trying to move it closer to the sage green colors I have seen in Colorado.  Then I started working on the sky.  This is still a work in progress. To be continued. . . .

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Honeymoon Utica Ave. (Revised)


This is my favorite picture of my parents on their honeymoon, in New York City. The image began with a photo that I found, a double-exposed black and white snapshot, 2 x 3 inches. I first posted this back on April 4, 2005, and this is what I said: "I found this snapshot of my folks in my mother's old album today. They were married on April 4, 1943 and had time for a trip to New York before my dad left for his two years in Europe during the war. The double-exposed image looks almost like a collage, and intrigues me with its scraps of information. I decided to colorize it using Painter IX's digital watercolor.  My folks used to play "Takin' a Chance on Love" on the piano, and I guess they really did take a chance, because they only knew each other for a few weeks before they got married."  I was going to repost the original today, but the image was too small for today's standards, and was too blurry to post.  So I opened the image in Painter and sharpened it a bit, and then used a combination of posterized and woodcut effect to make an image that would be clear at 300 dpi. So I am happy I managed to retain the colors and the basic look of the image.  Sometimes you have to do a little work to keep those memories, but it is worth the effort.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Sage Green Hills (Acrylic Watermedia as of Apr. 3, 2018)


This is the painting I started yesterday. I am working from my imagination and my memories of Colorado. (This is part of a series that I call "Mountain Daydreams.) I am painting for a solo show this summer. As I make my way around the color wheel, I want to be sure to include the soft sage greens of some of the vegetation on the Colorado foothills Today I decided to add a third hill in the background.  I also added some green shadows to the other hills.  To be continued. . . .

Monday, April 02, 2018

Sage Green Hills (Acrylic Watermedia as of Apr. 2, 2018)


I started another painting today, another landscape painted from my imagination and from my memories of Colorado. So many hills and mountains!  But I am painting for a solo show in July.  This is acrylic used as watermedia on Aquabord (16 x 20 inches). Just getting started here, so to be continued. . . .

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Snow on Blue-Violet Range (Acrylic Watermedia)


This is the painting I have been working on, and I finished it this morning. I used very pale yellow and very pale pink on the white areas, and then used a white wash over the sky and over the mountains.  This is acrylic used with water, on Aquabord (16 x 20 inches).