Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Giveaway Winner

The free painting giveaway winner for the month of June is Jane Southard! She selected a peony because she had already purchased a pet painting. 
The next giveaway day will be July 31st. Thanks for playing.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Trio of Roses and a Pet Friend of the Day


A Trio of Roses 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 

This picture came to me yesterday and it had a goofy quality I responded to. 


Annie 
7x10 inches 
watercolor 
The pet friend of the day. 



Tomorrow is the June free painting giveaway day. Good luck to everybody ....Random.com will select a name for us.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Calling for Pet Friends


Mick 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
matted 12x12 inches 
This picture came in to jowatercolor@gmail.com yesterday and I could not resist painting it and making Mick the Pet Friend of the day. MIck can be found here


Saturday, June 27, 2015

One Added Pass

I knew from the previous post that I hadn't quite gotten what I was after but I as so excited I posted all the previous steps earlier this morning.

I looked carefully and decided to pump up the darks and the lights one more time
Here is what the palette looked like for his step  ....

Just one dark value and one mid-tone added carefully. I stayed with the original value plan. The steps were all in place.
Oh gosh I hope this makes sense.

How to Paint a Rose ..Step by Step ....( showing everything)

Many people have written to me about flower painting and I think I can break it down fairly well. Here is my attempt to do so. First draw the flower . This photograph is from the Morgue File. This is a place where you can get photographs to work from that are placed there for this purpose.

Now lets look at one more thing before we start the journey....
We are going to paint the rose on the right but I also think you might want to start out with painting the rose on the left. The one on the left uses one dark( red) and one mid-tone ( orange). The white of the paper represents the lightest value. So this is a painting using three values . Big strokes and not fussing.

Now back to the rose on the right.

After the drawing I mixed two dark colors on my palette the red and purple on the right and four lighter colors on the left.
 You could draw a line between the two sides if that helps you remember which side has your darks and which side has your lights .


Using the two dark puddles I placed in the darkest patterns I saw in the rose.
Here are the puddles I used.


OK . Now lets move on to the mid-tones or the lighter puddles I mixed.

These are the puddles I am referring to.
Now lets put them on the painting.
We are getting somewhere now. But things are a little washed out. I like the decisions I made but I need to bump up the color with a red wash in the mid tones. But I can not ..I repeat I can not go into the darks at this time. Do not cross that imaginary line.

Better....This is what you palette should look like at this time. The colors should be separate If you have a muddy mess, that is not good.

Now clean off the palette and lets mix some greens for the background

Again separate your puddles. My dark which is nearly gone on the right was a mixture of red and green together to make a brown. If you use complimentary colors and mix your neutrals your painting will be more cohesive.

The greens are in . I like this but I am going to hit the painting with some darker spots later. I need to decide what to do. I will let you know. I hope this helps.
More later..

Friday, June 26, 2015

When to be you ?


Open Rose 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
This is an example of artists teaching artists. I did the first rose and knew I had the values correct but it felt heavy handed and not what I wanted in a rose form. So I thought what would Kaethe Bealer do? I decided to pretend I was her . And I am really pleased with my second attempt. I feel like I was in her head making deliberate decisions. So my art hint of the day is "be you " but also know "when not to be you".
 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Golden Smile


Golden Smile 
7.9x7.9 
matted 12x12 inches 
Watercolor 
Today the pet friend of the day is for Chelsea . It can be found  HERE


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Cluster of Roses in Three Steps


A Cluster of Roses 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
matted 12x12 inches 
This painting can be found HERE


Step 1 Establish the darkest patterns 
 
 
Step 2 Find the mid tones and apply those colors finding the patterns being careful to never apply anything as dark as in step one. 
 
 
Step 3 
Put in the lightest spots of color using washes and minimal strokes.

The Pet Friend of the Day


Collie Smile 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
12x12 inches 
The Jo Mackenzie Watercolor pet friend of the day is called Collie Smile . 

I hope I get more pet friend pictures to work from soon. The next free painting giveaway day is June 30th. It could be you!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Peony Depth


Peony Depth 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
matted 12x12 inches 

This one was a "waskaly wabbit". Finding the value shapes and temperature as the layers overlapped was a challenge. I could have gone toward neutrals but I have painted long enough to know the out come of that would have been "blah"
So we get this guy. Surprise! Peony Depth

Monday, June 22, 2015

Water Bliss


Water Bliss 
7x10 inches 
watercolor 
Thank you El's Manning for another great photograph to work from. I wanted to explore the blue reflections in the skin. 
This painting can be found HERE

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Color Spots of Value


Color Spots of Value
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
matted 12x12 inches 
This painting can be found HERE

I am seeing the color temperature value changes I could not see a week ago. This is exciting news for me. I want to see where this will go.

Peony Arrangement


Peony Arrangement 
watercolor 
7x10 inches 
matted 11x14 inches

Color, temperature and value all in play . 
This painting can be found HERE

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rose Temperature


Rose Temperature 
watercolor 
7x10 inches 
I am exploring temperature and color shapes of value . This painting can be found HERE

Two of my favorite things...my collie boy and peonies. Sweet!

Friday, June 19, 2015

A large peony step by step


A Large Peony 
watercolor 
18x24 inches 
This is the step for how to paint this big one 



Step one...find the effect. The patterns that glow inside the form

Step 2...find all the mid-tone patterns ....Knowing this is going to be darkened in the next step. Keep the glow using complimentary colors of yellow and lilac. Simplify forms find patterns.

Step 3. Not bad but lacks punch. Find the darkest patterns and use blue and red washes to create interlocking patterns. Stay big here no fussiness allowed.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Temperature of an Apple


The Temperature of an Apple 
I am working on temperature and value spots of color. I hope to do two more today . 
 
and of course  a peony because it is Peony Quest time for 2015
 
 
The next free painting giveaway is June 30th. Tell your friends and family to sign up. It is free and it is fun. Here is how to do it. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy Swimming


Happy Swimming 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
matted 12x12 inches 

This painting is from one of El's Mannings swimming pool series of photographs. It can be found HERE

Monday, June 15, 2015

A David Austin Rose


A David Austin Rose 
7.9x7.9 inches 
watercolor 
this painting can be found HERE
Today Facebook friend Jane Rumford let me use a photograph she took of a David Austin Rose. Thank you so much Jane. What would I do without the generosity of friends who let me use the images they collect and treasure?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Picket Fence Challenge Step by Step


The Picket Fence Challenge 
watercolor 
7x10 inches 

Here are the steps for building this painting. 

Step one ...find the pattern of the darkest elements through out the picture. Paint those patterns.

Step two...continue establishing the next value shapes making sure nothing is as dark as what was used in step one.

Step three. Time for mid-tones. All those colors that are medium in value. Again keep the original patterns from step one and step two in place. Do not violate the rules. Make many test dabs before applying paint.


Step Four...almost there but things are a little spotty. Add layers of wash to unite and pump up the color a bit.

Step Five. I thought I was done here but I felt that I could put more color on the car and in the shadow shapes. It was fine but felt a little washed out. I want to make the color as saturated as possible without dulling it down. I little goes a long way here.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Finding the Effect


Finding the Effect
18x24 watercolor 
 
I don't remember where I read it but an artist wrote about finding the effect. The thing that creates the glow in a picture. Everything then flows from that spot. I am not sure I understand the concept but that is what I am doing here. I painted the glow first. 
 
I used flat sable brushes sizes 16 and 1 inch. 
I think to work bigger I need to purchase bigger brushes. These are loaded with pigment but I think bigger brush could give me more power.