Friday, March 21, 2014

Impressionistic Sunflowers

impressionistic floral design

Today I moved my brush from extreme realism to extreme impressionism. The victims of my experiment were those lovely sunflowers. 

The secret of impressionistic watercolors is to move the brush quickly, fearlessly, and with great deal of confidence. The trick is to remember that it is not an oil painting, and watercolor tend to mix/blend together, especially when wet paint is applied into wet. 

So, I had to be extremely careful, but still quick and fearless.

Results are above. I like the contrast and spontaneous feeling of this painting. 



Friday, March 14, 2014

Playing with Mirrors and Crystals, Seashells and Sea Salt

Realistic Still Life

When painting this rather classic style still life I used some very old and some modern techniques. 
A buzz about Camera Obscura   or Camera Lucida on how the Old Masters used all available and imaginable tools to achieve realism in their art, including the use of mirrors; all that and a bit curiosity inspired me to make one experiment. 

Usually, I use mirror when I estimate an almost complete artworks of mine. The reflection helps to "abstract" from the subject of countless hours of work and see it with the new eye.

But, yet, I have never painted the way I painted this still life.

It is known that painting crystals is not an easy task, especially looking closely at each sparkling edge that can mislead the artist's hand.
So, instead of painting from live still life, I used the mirror. From the very beginning, I've looked not at an object of my painting but into the mirror. And, I've painted the reflection: 


For the background I've used a modern technique by applying sea salt into wen-on-wet paint. After the salt dried, it created a beautiful texture that no brush can do:


At the very end I checked the accuracy of values by, again, using mirror's help: I've placed the painting upside-down and looked at the reflection, made a few additions until I was satisfied with the result:  


The Old Masters technique was quite fun to use and really helpful! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Birthday - Again?!!

Happy Birthday

It is becoming a good tradition now to give myself a Gift of Art every year. 
This year in the month of my Birthday, I created Happy Birthday designs with the flowers from my virtual garden, most of them are the images of the paintings that were already sold. And now, they get a new, also very Happy, appearance in my Happy Birthday designs.

For example these lovely Sunflowers:
 I thought that blue and green background with yellow highlights will give them a good contrast:  


floral design   watercolor


 The gentle purple of the orchid called for lilac and purple shades:

Happy BD watercolor

Rich royal blue helped the Poppies and Purple Iris to be "framed" in a simple, yet romantic design:

Happy Birthday   Happy Birthday

As well as those Impressionistic Water Lilies, which are "floating" in the blue, water-like, surrounding:

watercolor design

 Juicy pink made my Hibiscus and the Rose with the Dew Drops even more gentle:

Happy Birthday Card   Happy


And a sweet miniature Tulips on the window were just a right size for this vintage feeling Birthday card:

Watercolor cards

Overall, I shell say, I went overboard with my Happy Birthday designs this year as I created dozens of floral Birthday cards.
 But what a great gift to myself!! 
Besides, I surely had lots of fun!
 :0)

More designs are in my Cards Gallery here

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