Thursday, January 31, 2008

Top 101 Artists Blogs

I just made the top 70 on Laketress a blog by Kim Barker an Award Winning Artist and Painter. She is an amazing artist, check out her work!

The listing is based on Technorati Authority which is the number of blogs that link to a website in the past six months. A high number means the more Technorati Authority the blog has.

The Technorati Rank is calculated based on how far you are from #1 or the top so the lower your Technorati Rank the closer you are to the top.

Many blogs are at the lower end of the Technorati Authority scale so there are many blogs that share the same Technorati Rank.

In the big scheme of things it means very little I am sure but it is a nice way to wake up and find that someone must be checking out your work somewhere!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Framed Art in Exhibition Frames from Opus

I thought I would post some of my artwork in my new frames. I bought a bunch for an upcoming exhibit from Opus Art & Framing Store as they were nice and simple and were on sale which is very nice when buying so many at once.

I wanted something simple so as to not distract from the artwork and they looked ok at the store but once the double matt is inserted with the artwork they look really great! I am considering replacing artwork and photos in my home with these frames as well as they are super easy to change out the photo or artwork as the backs pop out easily with little clips. They can sit or are hung by a wire which attaches easily to the back.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Stretching Watercolor Paper

I have been getting ready for a couple of exhibits and have perfected my process of stretching my watercolor paper so that I almost enjoy it. I have heard it is not necessary to stretch good quality paper 140lb paper, I am using Arches, but I find it gives me piece of mind to do it even if it does not need to be done! I have tried watercolor blocks twice but both times they buckle even with a wash that is not very wet, I don't use a huge amount of water so they should be able to withstand my washes...

I float the paper in a pan of filtered room temperature water for 45 seconds and then hold it from one corner until it stops dripping. I then tape each side with watercolor tape, 2 times, 1 piece overlapping the other for strength. I then give each corner a quick staple and wait for it to dry overnight.

I only have a few more pieces to do for my first exhibit I am preparing for and just discovered the perfect paper stretcher, not my opinion, that is it's name. It has been around for a long time so I do not know why I have not heard about it sooner as it seems to work quite well from reviews I have read. I found a video of it's description on uTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z2zeS0oVi4 The guy, not sure if it is Ken Bromley, the creator is quite funny. So I am going to have to give it a whirl and see how it handles. It would be so nice not to have to muck with that sticky tape anymore. Not sure which is worse touching it wet, yuck, or scraping it off the board after the painting is finished.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Life Drawing Graphite Portrait

Life drawing is so theraputic! This portrait was drawn in 30 minutes and was the first portrait in a series of 3 that I drew of the model during my last life drawing class. I am quite happy with it and I can see the difference that regular practice from life can make in a short period of time.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Watercolor Figure Portrait Demo Completed

The fleshtones have been evened out using glazes of yellow ochre and burnt umber. Highlights have been gently lifted out to add more contrast. The shadowns and the background were darkened with sepia.


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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Gouache and watercolor dog portrait exercise




This is a dog portrait I have been working on at the same time as the figure painting in the previous posts. I am using gouache for the dog and watercolor for the background. I have a few minor tweaks to be made but it is just a practice portrait to learn how to use gouache. I am not happy with the portrait but I definitely learnt alot about gouache from this exercise

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Gouache Dog Portrait in Watercolor



Monday, January 07, 2008

Watercolor Figure Portrait Demo 3


Just the finishing touches are left which will give the figure a more natural glow and will define her features a bit more. The shadow lost a bit of punch due to the glazes of Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna so I darkened them with another layer of sepia.

I may darken the background and/or warm it up a bit but I will wait till later to decide.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Watercolor Figure Portrait Demo 3


After the sepia dried completely the shadows were deepened with ultramarine blue using several thin layers to build up the color slowly.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Watercolor Figure Portrait Demo 2


Several more layers of sepia have been added and blended. I love the reference photo as the pose is so interesting and the lighting is great but the quality is very poor so this has been a little more slow going than I had hoped as I really have to squint to see the details. Nearly every time I start a piece of artwork I vow that I will not use poor reference material... I recently purchased a new digital camera that takes amazing photos so hopefully this will be the last one I struggle through ;) I blow the images up in photoshop or picassa which is free from google and alter the lights and darks so that I can see more detail which really helps. The image pixelates but if I squint I can get a better idea of how the shapes fit together. I bought a lightbox for the same purpose a year ago just before I discovered it works better on the computer ;) I now use my lightbox mostly as an expensive prop for my painting board, hmm. After looking at the adjusted reference material on the computer I notice that a portion of the hair was hidden in shadows so I will need to adjust that but overall the underpainting is complete.

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