Monday, June 28, 2010

Clouds in the Landscape

One of the most beautiful things about summer is looking up into the brilliant  blue sky and seeing those magnificent white billowy clouds. They can be difficult to render in a painting but today we had a fun time doing clouds. These were done with watercolors and facial tissues, yes the kind you dab your nose with. After wetting the paper and applying the sky use the crumpled tissue to 'lift' out the paint and viola', clouds. We did several, some vertical and some horizontal designs. These were relatively small in size and worked up quickly. I call them 'twenty minute wonders'.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lady Slipper Wildflower

A member of the orchid family the beautiful Lady Slipper wild flower can be found growing in and near hardwood forests. The common name is moccasin flower and it was used by native americans for medicinal purposes. I thought it amazing that these flowers can live to be twenty years old. This is the fourth selection in our wild flower series by Bev Norman. We will be changing course next week and will have a few weeks of working with watercolor pencils and crayons.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Turk's Cap Lilly

The wild flower series continues with this rendition of  the beautiful Turk's Cap Lilly. The design is by Bev Norman and it is an interesting flower to paint. The name comes from the recurved petals which will curve and touch tip to tip and resembles a hat worn by the turks. It is a stunning plant growing three to six feet in height with flowers 2-2 1/2" across and up to forty blooms per plant. Floating color is essential to painting this project and can be made a little easier by wetting the surface first with water or using a blending gel or adding a little glazing medium to your paint. Learning to float color comes with practice and patience.