Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Light Through The Roses

watercolor still life

In this semi realistic and impressionistic still life painting I wanted to point out the contrast of the light and dark. The sun rays are moving from the window directly to the rose bouquet penetrating the rose petals and leaving a bunch of whimsical shadows and reflections on the antique table.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Field Trip

watercolor realism

Two men are resting in the field. Who are they? Are they farmers or hunters? Whoever they are we know they are happy on this farm field, a Summer ranch filled with light, grass,and flowers. 
I called this painting Farmers and Hunters Heaven as in spite of hard work these people enjoy their productive day. 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

watercolor

The idea to paint a single rose started more than a decade ago when I saw gorgeous Rose Garden in San Francisco Golden Gate Park.
Roses their are amazing!
Each of them has its own color and texture character. 
That single Rose above is "dancing" , her "skirt" is swirling with the motion.

The morning rose lit by a gentle sun has somewhat silky transparency that caught my attention:

watercolor flower

And wherever I went I saw the beauty of a single rose, even if it is just a bud, young and pink:

realism in watercolor

The dew drops on this single rose here suggest a fresh lovely morning:

floral painting

When speaking of a rose , it is said that these gorgeous flowers have a special meaning. And not only the color of the rose in this case should be considered. The number is also playing an important role in the symbolic message that one person want to convey.
A single rose of any color in full bloom means 
LOVE
a simple message
I LOVE YOU
It depicts supreme devotion from one person to another, as if it is said in a gesture of giving a single rose:
All my sincere affections are concentrated in you, 
ONLY YOU!

watercolor florals

realism in watercolor

All presented designs in this post are created from my watercolor paintings of a single rose. The virtual frame is "build-up" from painting of a Myrtle Wood surface. I thought the texture of this wood will be perfect to "frame" my single roses creations.
This wood is amazingly strong, it only grows in certain area's on our planet and it has unique structure, almost metallic shine if to look closely.
The cooler color designs looked almost like marble:

watercolor

All these and many more collages of my watercolor single roses will be posted in a Decor Gallery very soon.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sunflowers Rising - An Unusual Commission

yellow blue watercolor

I've received an interesting commission request recently; an unusual one for sure.
One of my clients asked to paint sunflowers for her. Nothing unusual yet. I have painted sunflowers many times and my customer was sure I can handle the job. She liked the bunch of sunflowers that I have painted before:
Realism Impressionism In Watercolor

My client asked if I can finish already started painting of sunflowers. Her late father-in-law was a wonderful watercolor artist and died before finishing this artwork. 
His name was Palmer Stinson. He entered a world of watercolors when he turned 70; and he painted for more than a decade producing gorgeous landscapes, floral paintings, and still life artworks. He also loved to paint Sunflowers. Palmer started a series of sunflower paintings and had chance to complete two large pieces. 
The last one he started; but, late years and illness did not allow him to paint; and he had to stop before age 88. 

I have to admit, the request to finish one artist's work was surprising and a little bit scary. But I was also curious how I will handle it. I had to work in collaboration with the artist's spirit.

The Sunflowers were already drawn on a paper and the artist was able to place a couple of washes for the flowers:


I had to cover the work that was already done and mask the flowers and leaves for a background wash:


I chose bright ultramarine blue for the background, and started from small sections going up:


The last section of the blue background was tougher than I thought. The section was large and I had to go carefully around each petal (even they were preserved by masking liquid) as I didn't want to ruin the beautiful artist's work on sunflowers:


After the background was completed, I have started painting sunflowers' leaves and stems:

watercolor

Then I placed the veins on the leaves and texture on the sunflowers' centers.
The artwork was completed:

completed artwork

I did enjoy painting this artwork, working in collaboration with the artist that passed away; yet he was there in his artwork. 
One evening, when I just finished painting the first few ultramarine blue sections, a thought crossed my mind:

"What if there is a message that artist wanted to place into this artwork. I wonder if he was thinking to place some kind of symbol there; maybe... a heart"

Imagine my surprise, when I came back to the work-inprogress to continue painting, I saw an obvious heart, in one of the leaf. 
And not even one heart I noticed but two were there! 

And I have not noticed them before:
Conscious or subconscious ? Who knows! 
The message has been received
:0)





Published Art

My watercolor painting Dancing Fire is published on the cover of the booklet of Oncology Symposium that takes place in Kolkata, India ...