Poppy (acrylic on canvas board, 5x5in)
(Working through Mark Daniel Nelson's "Learn to Paint in Acrylics with 50 Small Paintings." One of the best, if not the best, books I have found to get inspired and build painting skills. Loving every minute painting. 😀)
Haven't been feeling so great lately, so instead of working on a painting I've been playing with my 😀 new Daniel Smith watercolors. I signed up for Craftsy several months ago to take advantage of some of their classes - some fantastic teachers on there - I highly recommend it! Their subscriptions are a great price, too, considering you can watch the classes over and over again 💖. I wanted to go back over some of the basics of color mixing. Kateri Ewing has a class there called "Luminous Watercolor Mixing". Kateri really knows how to break things down simply. Her class teaches mixing with two of each of the primaries, using warm and cool colors. The only thing I disagree with is her naming pthalo blue a cool color and ultramarine a warm color. Upon doing some research I found out there is quite a bit of controversy and confusion about labeling the blues as cool and warm, and what I discovered, and agree with, is that pthalo blue should be considered warm because it is closer to the yellow end of the light spectrum, and ultramarine is closer to the red, if you place the spectrum in a circle. I always had the gut feeling that pthalo "felt" warmer, and ultramarine seemed icier and colder. In spite of that, Kateri's advice about how to mix colors so they don't become muddy has been invaluable to me, and I can't wait to try out some more of her painting exercises!😀 💞🖌 #danielsmith#watercolorpaint#paintingexercise#colorwheel#watercolorchart#craftsy#kateriewing
And here is the result on canvas !
I never took the time to do a sketch, make a small abstract out of it and use this study as model for a canvas (always thought it will take me too much time or be boring....).Now, thanks to @taraleaver and her mini challenge I finally decided to try it and I enjoy the process a lot!
Always try if you have an idea and don't think too much, just ACT ! (many times it doesn't work , and this is part of the game, but when it works it's really a good feeling)
Day 4/7: Seascape with a boat.
Nowing that today's colour would be green, I first wanted to do a forest landscape....A bit too classical ! Let's try a seascape..... I am quite happy how the sky came out with this combination of greens ( I used phtalo green/ light yellow-green /self made green out of ultramarine and cadmium yellow )
And now, let's go out, it's super sunny today! Have a nice sunday everyone ! 🌞
Day 2/7: landscape with a barn.
Colour : ORANGE
It seems that it's more complicated for me to ''abstractify'' with a house in the landscape. I tried to take some distance with the very recognisable shape of the house but it's still too much ''houselooking''.
Maybe I will use this picture as reference to bring it to a deeper abstract level!
BUT I loved to pain with this orange colour and all the derived colours made with it!
I will participate to a mini challenge offered by @taraleaver. It's about creating a mini serie during 7 days. I decided to focus on little landscapes (12x12 cm). My goal here, is to get a few ideas to create new abstract paintings that ''work''. I will try to follow this process:
1. Take a reference photo of a landscape in wich appears something not ''from the nature''.
2. Make a sketch with graphite pencil to get the lights and shadows ( 15 minutes max.)
3. Transform the sketch in an abstract painting. I decided to stay monochromatic in order to explore each day a new colour.
And here is what came out today. As you can see, the ''not natural'' element is a bridge and the colour is RED.