Monday, April 30, 2012

Classroom - Watercolor Collage


I gave this collage quite a long name: “When Heart is in Watercolors Bright Ideas Will Come”. Long but so simple and so self-explanatory. This collage was born in my Art 106 Drawing & Composition class that I am taking this semester. The assignment was to show a class room using one-point perspective and based on our real facility. We could also add either personal meaning or pursue some theme. Materials are glue, paper, magazine cut-outs or whatever we could find and apply.

My idea did not wait too long to be born. And as I used to have a watercolor class in the same room, and I am now a proudly devoted watercolor artist, I have decided to organize my “Classroom” placing my watercolor art on the walls and making all students look like me. Basically, it is me in the different stages of the art process. And yes, when I create I have that “light” glowing in my mind. Yet when I am tired (you see the girl at the far left desk?) the ideas are “turned off”. I cut my art for walls, the still life, and the little hearts from my old postcards and calendars. And the Blick art supply magazine helped me to make the space look more like a classroom or studio. The lights for the lightbolbs came from Michael’s cute cards supply shelves.

While cutting the postcards with my watercolor, I had another bright idea. There are a lot of sketch-like, palette pieces, and drafts watercolor around my studio. I could definitely use them one day to create some decorative art pieces and give them a new life.
Studying about collages in my art history class last semester I’ve learned that collage art was basically initiated by Picasso and his artist friend…. They looked for a different materials for their art and started combining their found objects on one flat space, would it be a piece of cardboard or wood. Collage in its Nature is brining various materials in one organized space and giving them sometimes totally new meaning… Courtesy to WiKi  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collage The term collage derives from the French "coller" meaning "glue". This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

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24"x18" collage

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More Collages and cool Abstracts are HERE

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Escape Sea and Landscape


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It is always nice to relax after a commission painting and paint something out of unconscious. The imaginary landscapes and seascapes help. But not so imaginary though. Every artist has some kind of memory bank; and when it comes to the painting the visual experience and the mood pop-up. I did not think about this while painting; but, when I looked at these two small watercolors I tried guess where they came from. 

The top one looked to me very similar to Tenerife Island that I've visited back in 1998. And the bottom one, a calm evening on at the bay, came I believe from my memory about a Finland Bay near Saint Petersburg, Russia where I grew up. I painted these two small 5"x7" on one larger sheet of paper at the same time. And as you see the both of them have very different mood representation: the dramatic sky above the mountains is ready to burst into the rain, yet the soothing evening on a bay and a sailboat deliver a peaceful feeling.
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Wiinsor&Newton Watercolors on 140lb Cold Pressed paper  

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Step-by-Step Painting Video - Boys And The Ocean

It is time to place some step by step pix in one place; and, I thought a short video shot will really serve me well. Here is one more video created today:
https://youtu.be/Lv-3vTgK7EU 

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ranunculus Painting - Final Phase


My Ranunculus commission art piece is completed. I am glad my client is happy. And the fact that she was going to give this original painting to her mom for Mother's Day gave me an idea to create a cute Happy Mother's Day card as well. These flowers look so good in any composition. I played with the few close-up's and was very happy with the results (here is the link for cards if you wonder )
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Original Art was 8"x10" Watercolor on 140lb Arches Cold Pressed Paper

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ranunculus Painting - Phase V






My flowers are starting look like flowers. One more day to work and  I will finish them. The bottom picture shows how I protect the painting background when painting main subject.
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10"x8" Watercolor on Paper (Step-by-Step Project,, Art Commission)

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Ranunculus Painting - Phase IV





Today I continue working on flowers. There are two hundred more petals to paint. I call it Meditation. This weekend it should be finished. Just keep painting :0)

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10"x8" Watercolor Painting.

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Ranunculus Painting - Phase III


The tablecloth is completed except shade under the vase. The vase will be glass so the shade will have to be light. I also started the first wash on some of the flowers. It is fum to paint them. Even from the first wash I had to remember about the overall shape of the flower and imply some of the petals.
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10"x8" Watercolor Painting Step-by-Step

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ranunculus Painting - Phase II



At  the Phase II for the Ranunculus painting I made a wash for the background and started on the tablecloth pattern, trying to place it in the perspective and keep it simple as intended. The challenge with the background is that until the flowers are worked on the pale green does not look appealing to me as I usually  choose the darker background when flowers are light. But we will see.
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10"x8" Watercolor Painting (first wash)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ranunculus Painting - Phase I


Drawing
Pale green suggestion for the background
Magazine cut-out suggestion
Working on the commission piece is not easy, but still enjoyable task. It gives the Artist space to create and propose, yet still keeps on the toes to meet the client's needs. My client wanted an imaginary bouquet of Ranunculus flowers in the transparent glass vase. I was given the small cut out from Martha Stewart catalog to follow the color pattern, the tablecloth style, and the type of Ranunculus (as we now know there are more than 600 species in the World ). I also was told that the style of my Tea Roses paining and Roses in The Glass Vase painting would be the best when I decide on composition. And the background should be pale green not dark.
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First I decided on composition. As there will be lots of flowers and petals, I will do a very simple almost central composition. The Flower Symphony will speak for itself. Between tablecloth and Ranunculus flowers in the vase there should not be a competition; therefore, I will make a tablecloth flowers very simple and will try my best to work on realistic painting for Ranunculus.
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8"x10" Drawing for Watercolor Painting

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ranunculus Study


An incoming commission, in which I will paint Ranunculus bouquet, gave me an opportunity to research, sketch and learn more about these special and very beautiful flowers. The name Ranunculus actually came from Latin for "little frog". These flowers prefer lots of water and are found near lakes, ponds; just like frogs. Another name for Ranunculus is Buttercup. There are about 600 species of these flowers are found in the world so far. I’ve also learned that these cute flowers are long lasting cut flowers in the bouquet. But not all beauty is safe. It appears that fresh buttercups are actually poisonous, yet when dry they are absolutely safe. Some of Ranunculus flowers have numerous petals and others none. I personally love the ones that look like roses, peonies or poppies. Although, takes quite a bit to paint petal after petal..
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9"X12" Watercolor on 300 lb Arches

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Drawing is The Key

As we say "The Drawing Is The Key"; and it is absolute true. Drawing usually helps to analyze values and composition. It is extremely helpful to draw a little sketch before going watercolor. In my case I have almost a year between the drawing creations and watercolor paintings. And it happened in reverse. First I made watercolors (and I did make sketches before of course); however, when the need came to create new compositions, my watercolors helped me to choose the subject.
One assignment was given at the beginning of my Drawing Class this semester. I was asked to combine three spheres with line style hands and Nature. My watercolor "Lake Tahoe" helped me to fulfill the requirement. The still water of Lake Tahoe, the polished rocks and crisp winter air was the best choice when I created the drawing "Meditation".
Another drawing that I named "Jewels of Love" was set up for shallow space realistic still life. And this time I used one shell from my shell collection watercolor paintings. The idea was to research the textures of different materials such metal, organic leafy object, glass, water, and sea shell. It was fun to remind myself again that the drawing is the most important part of any realistic painting if not all paintings in whole.
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22x16 inch Graphite Drawings on Paper; 5x7 inch Watercolor Painting (shell), 18x16 inch fragment of Watercolor Painting (Lake Tahoe)

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