This is my second try at the escape the snow challenge going on at the Daily Paintworks this week. I knew I got the values right on my first attempt but the colors were wrong. I did not get the greens I was looking for. This time I did .
Hey Guess what...the colors on your palette better be right because those are the ones going on the painting.
Nothing is more fun for me than painting peony shapes. I have two to share today.
My tip of the day is not a watercolor one. It is instead about dental work. I just found about something called a bite block. If you have to have extensive work done ask for one of these and it sure does help with easing your jaw muscle.
I will be having some work done and I am as prepared as I can be. I wish I could get a "brain block" !
It felt good to be back to painting pet friends today. This picture was given to me by Missy Sawyer. I love to paint interactions between people and animals. This is also going to fit the Daily Paintworks challenge of the week. They are asking for submissions that include snow in them. Well I say "done and done".
Step one ...find the darkest pattern shapes and paint them. Connect them whenever possible.
Step 2 ...Find the mid-tones. Both neutrals and full hues. make no mark that is darker than what was established in step one. Make test dabs and double check. Move slowly but with the strategy in mind.
Step 3 ...find your lightest shapes and connect forms. Less is more here. Nothing can be as dark as what was established in steps one or two.
That's is the strategy for how to paint this rose. I am not sure what to do with the background . I need some time to think.
There was a time when I only had cake for special occasions. Now I always have cake in the house. Nothing is as satisfying as Swiss Buttercream icing. It is time consuming to make but worth every second.
I can make a cake and freeze it in chunks ..then bring it up for those days when nothing else will hit the spot.
I painted this as my second entry into this weeks Daily Paintworks Pastry challenge.
This week the Daily Paintworks challenge is to paint pastry. I had this picture of a blueberry and cream wonder from years ago. I had a few days of not painting so I decided to start up again with a limited palette of three colors. Alizarin Crimson, Ultra Marine blue and Aureolin . I knew this would force me to concentrate at the highest level and not get sloppy.
It felt so good to paint again. It is my happy place.
This is the magnificent Glenn. If you ever visit the rough collie boards on Facebook you will see Glenn in all his glory. His owner is a great photographer and she takes Glenn and his pack on long walks and often posts for all of us to see.
Glenn is the superstar. I never tire of seeing pictures of him.
This is my day 2 entry into the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge because well? Why not. I wanted to capture that end of the day moment when the canoe is tucked away and a wonderful day is over and a new one is on the horizon. After the Vacation Day
Today is day one of the thirty paintings in thirty days challenge. Which
is kind of my usual month but it is fun to participate with everyone
else. My first painting is from a photograph Rob Ryan took of
cottages on the coast in Maine. Rob has a wonderful eye for composition
he is a inspiration to me and has been so generous in letting me use
his images. I am lucky to see the world through his eyes.