Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First Iris Flowers

botanical impressionism

The rain season is over and the sunlight of the Spring invited some gorgeous iris flowers into my front-yard. 
They popped up almost over night bringing so much joy with their spiky leaves and pointy buds. 
As many times as I painted iris flowers I probably would never be tired of doing so. 

This time I grabbed a hand made paper not even aware what a challenge it might be. Quite thick and grainy this paper absorbs water fast; it does not allow a sharp edge, and the paint dries very slow. Yet, there was an advantage painting on this hand made paper. Besides having a feeling that this paper was never processed by any machine and people who made it created it with love and care; besides that, I had to act according to the situation, making decisions quickly and accept the unpredictable outcome. 

The fist painting (above) was painted in impressionistic botanical style. The blue iris flowers and yellow iris buds are pronounced and the background is melting away in a nice wet-on-wet wash.

The next painting I started with totally different approach. I painted the background first leaving a free space for the flowers to pop. And then I filled the yellow of the petals to add a shape and color to them:

handmade paper

The difference in the paper plays a tremendous role in the painting quality and view appearance. 

Previously, I only painted flowers on etheir Arches or Fabriano watercolor paper applying realistic techniques:

realism in watercolor

realistic painting

realism in watecolor

watercolor painting

And even though the factory produced paper allowed more control of the medium, I still loved trying the handmade watercolor paper to expand my horizons and my "Iris Flowers Garden"

As always, more flowers are on


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Watercolor Markers

pink floral

These days I am "playing" with a new form of watercolor,  watercolor markers.
I've discovered them while shopping at Michael's. And, realizing that they are made by one of my favorite watercolor manufacturer, Winsor & Newton, I decided to give it a try:

The quality of these watercolor markers is somewhere in between markers and watercolor. You can draw just like with simple markers, but when adding a brush with water, the magic happens and watercolor look appears. 

Above pink mystical flowers are painted that way. I first drew the petals then filled them with water brush strokes.

Then I tried to paint a little still life:
watercolor markers

Then, a simple semi-realistic landscape for kid's room was created:

art for kids room

But mostly, I enjoyed painting with watercolor markers some floral patterns where I could use the quality of the markers at best and just a little of water for the small washes:
watercolor markers

Drawing and painting patterns inspired me to create a body of work that opened a new gallery with this kind of paintings; but, this will be a subject of another post.. 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sunrise Sunset

sun through the trees

Three recent paintings were added into a newly created gallery "Sunrise Sunset".
This time, when painting these three landscapes I wanted to stick to a vertical format instead of the "landscape" one.
I think, when the scenery cut into an elongated painting vertically, it allows viewer to add his or her imagination on what could be on the left or right.
The top painting of the Sunset Through The Trees was an inspiration from my friend's photograph. Her family traveled Midwest and she took a picture of a gorgeous view of a vanishing day through the trees' shadows. The silhouettes of the trees like a frame of this artwork, and each section in between like a separate painting that tells the story.

Next painting that I called Bright Sunset has a good mix of yellow and purple that reveal a juicy red... This semi-realistic, semi-abstract painting has a good diagonal composition that competes with the horizon lines and the lines of the wavy waters:

watercolor painting

The third painting has somewhat mellow wash of the colors. It is the beginning of the day, a Nature's awakening. It is a gentle Sunrise At The Lake. 
A little rustic boat is parked next to the shore. Perhaps a couple of friends or lovers were enjoying a night on isolated island of this still, peaceful lake. Who knows .. I paint a hint; and, the story can be continued by a viewer's imagination:

At The Lake


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