Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If you'd like to make a holiday greeting card from my watercolor painting of a grocery shop in Menerbes, France, you're welcome to copy my sketch.
Paint it with your choice of watercolors. To make the items in the shop window look like they are behind the glass window, I painted a mix of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and a bit of alizarin crimson over the items I had first painted in the window. Feel free to change the items inside. The only thing that was actually there was the old fashioned scale.
Sketch the wreath on another piece of watercolor and cut it out with an exacto knife. Paint it, and if you like add some glitter or glitz. Then use a piece of drafting or removable masking tape to attach it to your painting. You might have lots of other ideas for holiday items you could paste onto your painting, then later remove them without ruining your painting. I suppose if you wanted to, you could customize a painting for every holiday you want to celebrate. Add a pumpkin for Halloween, a turkey for Thanksgiving and a menorah for Hanukkah. Imagine the possibilities...
Draw this wreath on watercolor paper, cut it out and paint it or make you own glue on/removable holiday decoration. Please share with me what your card.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
If you have a small palette, a brush or a waterbrush if you are not near water and a small sketchbook, you'll be able to paint when you have to wait.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thanksgiving will be here soon. Then we'll start thinking about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. After that we'll begin thinking about New Year's Eve and that will lead to thinking about Valentines Day and Easter. Soon it will be May and you might want to go to Tuscany and paint. So here are the dates for my May Painting and Sketching workshops in Italy. This year we have an additional trip to Venice planned too. Please email me if you would like more information on these trips and have a very happy Thanksgiving.
The sunny patio called to me this morning and I spent an hour in the backyard painting. My dogs all were interested in my process, so I painted in between frizbee throwing and dog petting sessions. My original intent for the sketch was to use only shades of brown paint, but the lemon tree which was my inspiration needed color for emphasis.