Monday, October 25, 2010

Painting Pear

From my sketchbook; bought a pear just to paint it. It had a funny unexpected shape and lots of color and texture.  Set on a kitchen towel with side lighting. Good exercise in seeing.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Color Scheme

Today I painted with Karen Joy and we decided on Landscape with buildings.  I also wanted her to try a different color scheme of her choice; used more of a split compliment.   We worked from an idea in one of the Steven Quiller books and also some sketches.  This is how I finished up. For a first lesson, I think she was happy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Naito Drive

Watch for the 10 x 10 show at Art Media Gallery@928.  !00 artists; all art $100 or less.
Oct 31 - Dec 3rd.

'Naito Dr.'
10" x 10"

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Photoshop - 4 Layered Sketch

This was a drawing with a number two pencil that I pressed a little too hard on the paper and could not get a good photograph.  Couldn't fix it with levels or curves so I decided to make four duplicate layers and run them through threshold at four graduated spots on the slider.The Layer on the bottom will have the most paint /color - the lightest value. The fourth layer being the least area to receive color will be the darkest value.  I think of organizing printing plates or silk screening; any color is game as long as they keep getting darker as you add layers.See example below of image next to Layers palette in Photoshop 7. (click to enlarge)
I'm not sure if you can do this in Photoshop elements.  I would have to check with Linda R. Ollis. She is teaching Basic photoshop on her blog here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What A Nice Suprise!

I won a set of cards from Joan Breckwoldt Blog.  Click on the image of her "Monthly Giveaway" to go there.

Last weekend was the Watercolor Society of Oregon's biennial convention.  A decision was made for next year's transparent show to begin accepting soluble water media with transparent watercolor - The purists are becoming a dying breed!