Friday, January 27, 2017

Watercolor of a Seahorse for my beach house

Seahorse
14" x 20"
watercolor on paper

This is a large painting I created before I even knew I would buy a beach house. (I think deep inside, I knew I was headed to the beach.)  My goal was to get bigger in my watercolor painting. I generally paint small in my watercolors, 8"x10" or less. So I went large, and it was great fun. I painted with abandon as I figured I could use the other side of the paper if things went badly.  I was actually pleased with the results.  This painting now hangs in my home. 

Painting with no expected outcome often creates the best pictures because I relax and just have fun. No expectations or pressure.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

more alcohol ink and YUPO

I am pleased with this image I created using the alcohol ink and YUPO paper I mentioned in previous post. It looks moody and dark. I stamped the tress using archival ink over the dry alcohol inks. Go to previous post for a link to a YouTube video about this technique. I've had both the alcohol inks and the YUPO paper, so it was a no-brainer for me to try this. If you don't have YUPO, and it is expensive, try using glossy white cardstock. I believe it will work as well with the alcohol inks. Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Art or Craft?


Click on the picture and look at this up close- the technique is amazing!
it's a combination of painting and stamping. I used YUPO paper and alcohol inks for the background. YUPO is a synthetic paper that I first came across about twenty years in my job as a package and label designer. It wasn't called YUPO then and the company was trying to sell it as label stock for pharmaceutical grade printing. Over the years the paper entered into the art world and was renamed YUPO, mostly being marketed for watercolors. Now YUPO has entered the crafting world. 

I saw a great video on YouTube that inspired me. Most of it is a surprise...there is no real control when using alcohol inks and YUPO. The ink goes where it wants to go. I then masked out a small moon and wiped back to the YUPO to create the moon using alcohol blending solution. The alcohol inks are permanent once they dry on the YUPO but dissolve with the blending solution.  

I want to experiment more with this technique making fairy fantasy landscapes. I love that genre. I see this as a really fun way to create that other-world feel I love in fairy art.  This was my first attempt and will definitely do more with this! 
Of course I want more colors of alcohol inks...do we ever have enough color?
    After it was all dry I used stamping with black archival ink to add the foliage. I can see cards, paintings, illustration...this technique will go a long way!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Onions for Sale
watercolor on paper
5"x7"

I really enjoyed painting this painting. It had some design challenges and I had to deviate from my reference photo. There were big bins with different varieties of onions and the large sacks of onions on the left, all for sale. I took this photo at Soon's Orchards in Middletown, NY. They are known for their apples but grow veggies as well. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Seahorse graphite drawing

Sea Horse
5 x 7 graphite on paper
I enjoyed drawing this last night. I haven't been creating much art lately. Life sometimes gets in the way of my artistic endeavors. But I can find time at night while watching TV. I like to draw while I am watching TV, not sure why, just do.  This is a graphite drawing on white drawing paper. My reference photo was a post card I found at a local store here at the beach. It was a photo, and I exaggerated the features on the sea horse a lot to give it a funky look.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Rocks in oil

Rocks
4"x4"
oil on board

Still getting my feet wet again in oils...round organic objects seem to work for me. Yesterday was an egg, today is rocks.  I had company for about 10 days and did a fair amount of traveling so I have not painted lately. It feels good. My new home has this great big center island and it is perfect to set of my table easel and paint. I can stand or sit on a stool and move around.