Today's Painting A Day Challenge Painting ... I simply love the colors in this little painting! I enjoyed painting this little painting this afternoon. Getting access to my computer to upload it here is the biggest challenge since I have a kitty who has decided laying across the keyboard and mouse pad is the perfect place to take a nap.
Two single dew drop paintings done on two different but very hot days. It's May isn't it? We're already testing the air conditioning. Trying to figure out the automatic settings, very different for the automatic settings for heat. I love these two paintings!
I have my drafting table set up with two adjustable arm task lamps. It is so important to have good lighting as you paint. It is a bonus to have two lamps that you can adjust as you need to while working. The window in the photo faces East and then there is one to the right which faces South. The natural lighting changes in my studio through out the day, it is nice to be able to adjust my lamps as I need to do so. It is good to be able to see what you are doing!
Two paintings added to my Painting A Day Challenge on Monday. I love the earth tones in these two pieces. They're done on my favorite watercolor paper, Saunders Waterford 140 lb. 100% cotton rag cold pressed paper.
It is so exciting when I list a painting for sale in my Etsy shop and it sells within a few hours! This is the case for Plum Wine Dew Drops. It sold quickly! So, if you find a dew drop you like, snatch it up right away. Sometimes they sell quickly.
Visit my Etsy Shop to find my Painting A Day Challenge Paintings for sale and lots more!
Early Sunday morning we got to ride in a hot air balloon. It was so much fun. This past week, we have celebrated our anniversary and a few family birthdays too. Over the weekend was a big family party, celebrating my father-in-law's birthday and topped off with balloon rides in the early morning hours and a longer ride in the evening.
Wednesday, May 19th was our wedding anniversary. We celebrated by taking a drive to Hyde Park, New York and we had lunch at the Apple Pie Bakery at the Culinary Institute. It was amazing. After we had our delicious lunch, we chose a few pastries to bring home. We also stopped in the bookstore and found a little china cream pitcher and matching tea bag holder.
The Culinary Institute has several restaurants. It's fun to walk down the hallway and see inside the kitchens and classrooms. It is on Route 9 not too far from the Vanderbilt Mansion. I cannot wait to go back again!
If you have trouble transferring your drawing or sketch to your watercolor paper, whether you draw first or simply paint here's a good tip. Fold your drawing in half and then in half again, in both directions, horizontally and vertically. If your drawing does not go all the way to the edge of the page, make sure your second fold in each direction lines up with the edge of the sketch and not the edge of the paper. If you don't want to fold up your sketch, make a photocopy of the sketch and fold that. When you unfold it, you now have a grid.
Tape your watercolor paper to a board. Now make tic marks on the tape. Use a ruler if you need to. First make a mark at the half way point on each side. I made the half way mark tics longer than the other tics. Then on the tape only, mark your corners and then make a tic half the distance from the corner to the half way mark. Don't draw a grid on your paper, instead visualize it using the tic marks on the tape.
Now sketch out your drawing lightly in pencil using the the folded grid and the tic mark grid as a guide. Or paint without drawing first, yet still using the grid method as a guide.
This is the painting I came up with for my last watercolor painting class of this 8 week session. I think it came out great and my students all did a fabulous job on this project! And, no I did not take pictures of their work. I always forget to do stuff like that.
This painting was painted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
Today's Painting A Day Challenge is a dew drop painted with three different brands of Payne's Gray paint. Even though they are all labeled Payne's gray, they definitely have different hues. I love the way this one turned out. I was inspired by one of my own Tuesday's Tips & Techniques for watercolor painting.
I squeeze tube watercolor paint into my palette and allow them to dry completely before I use them. After a while, some colors tend to dry harder than other colors. The plastic palettes flex a bit, with traveling or even just moving them around the studio, it's rare but sometimes a hardened color will pop out of its well.
There's a simple solution to replacing a popped color:
1. Don't discard the popped color.
2. Clean the empty well with a wet brush and then wipe it out with a tissue or damp sea sponge.
3. Using clean water, brush across the bottom and sides of the hard paint.
4. Press firmly back into place.
Allow it to dry and you're back in business. Wetting the bottom of the dried paint will cause it to get sticky enough to stick back in place.
The beauty of lilacs are featured in these miniature works of art. I was inspired by the lilacs growing in my garden. The variety in the shades of lavender is so lovely and the scent is amazing. Come to think of it, I do not have any white lilac trees. I may have to find someone willing to give me or trade a seedling.
My Painting A Day Challenge continues through the month of May. Finding time each day to paint is beginning to become a little trickier as the weather becomes warmer and my schedule fills up more and more. I am finding the time to paint, it's finding the time to up load and show off the paintings on my blog that is even trickier! I do love to create a new painting daily.
Not only does the color of this particular watercolor pigment vary from brand to brand but so does the spelling of the name. Some would even say it's not even a gray at all. MaimeriBlu's Payne's Grey leans more to the blue side, it's a very deep dark blue. Winsor & Newton's Payne's Gray also leans to the blue side but with a slight almost teal undertone in the right light making it a bit warmer. M. Graham's Payne's Gray is the most neutral gray of the three.
Although the hue changes, the spelling changes, Payne's Grey is definitely a color with a huge value range. It can go very dark to very light with a wide range in between.
With watercolor, it is easy to swap brands, your palette does not need to be entirely one brand. If you prefer the shade of Payne's Grey in one brand it will mix well with other brands. Just always make sure you're painting with artist quality paints.