Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Newsreader

The Newsreader~ Watercolor over gesso~ Full Sheet

Started this painting last week and I think I have gotten to a resting point. Let it set in for a couple days and see what pops out. I will post a few progress shots.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Work In Progress

Gessoed Ground~

'Little House' on prepped board. 8 x 7 inches

I'm in the Summer Class Harold Walkup, NWS is running in Portland for 6 weeks. Our assignment yesterday was to coat a sheet of watercolor paper or an old Painting with gesso, create some scratchy texture with a comb or grout spreader, and paint watercolor. I did a small practice one in class based on a landscape(above) and later last night I drew out a figure and started working some shapes and values. It's pretty easy to make corrections with a wet sponge and tissue.
Stage one (below) I have gotten in the habit of placing skin tones first. I am working from a desaturated photo I took a couple years ago. I'm thinking a lot about values as this layer progresses.

I finished last night at this state, pretty rough but getting some values and detail established will help me make some decisions later. I am really liking this surface because I am forced to use more paint and I get a different look than I expect after the strokes dry.....don't forget the easy corrections! I will work on this a little more today and take it to my critique group tonight and see what they think. Thanks for taking a look and taking the the time to comment. ~ Carrie

Phase 2 of Newsreader - Full Sheet

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Very Small Success

I can't seem to upload more than one of these small avatars at a time. I plan to make prints of these and put them in 5 x 5 mats or just a little smaller (CD Jewell case) and see how they sell at the Garden Show in a couple weeks @ OSA. I have it listed in the side bar for upcoming shows. Hope you can come.

Trouble Posting

I am doing this post as a test because I haven't been able to correct a HTML problem.
I have a lot of reference pictures of goats from the Franciscan Villa in Corbett. We have had a couple invitations to paint up there with a former Montessori teacher that belongs to WSO. We consider ourselves very lucky.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rose Art Show at the Oregon Society of Artists

I asked Marge E. Johnson if I could display her Sweepstakes winning painting from the Rose Art Show 2009. I was blown away by these "unruly" roses and so was the Juror, Susan McKinnon. The reception was put on at the Oregon Society of Artists, as it is every year, the first weekend of the annual Portland Rose Festival