Sunday, February 12, 2017

Watercolor Sketch of Five Mile Point Lighthouse

This is a little watercolor sketch I did from a photograph, the photo was from a calendar. I like to get calendars and use them for inspiration and practice my painting. This is is of Five Mile Point Lighthouse in New Haven Connecticut.

It was a fun project. It was simple and not really very challenging. I used only two brushes for the entire painting. A large and small one about a five, and a small one that was a 2/0.

I started with a quick pencil sketch it and began with the large brush to put in the sky and foreground sand using broad strokes. Then with the same large brush I put in the basic shapes of the trees and house structure.

With  I use the small brush for details of trees, house, water, sand and bushes. I found that I wanted to soften the clouds and deepen the sky so I alternated between the large and small brushes.

It is a nice little painting and it might look ok in a frame. I doubt that I will sell it maybe just keep it in a bin or use for an example in an art lesson with some kids.

Five Mile Point Lighthouse Watercolor.


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Almost Finished Painting the Emmaus Road Mural At Church

Friday I had a day off and so I spent a good part of it at my church where I worked on the mural of The Christ on the Emmaus Road. 

I filled in a few gaps and touched up a few areas. A couple of places that needed attention was on the outside edge of the painting were the doors were. I did not fill in the wall between the doors and the outside edge of the wall yet, so I spent a couple of hours building that scenery up.

The biggest and most exciting part was to work on the people that are center on the mural. The faces were something I wanted to get a good start on. The clothing was a problem since I was still working out a little of the composition and colors as I went along.

I have not used any black in the painting so far but have kept the colors bright and on a lighter hue. Now to give the portraiture some exceptional presence I will be mixing black into some of the colors in areas to give drama.

After about six hours I felt that things were well on the way and decided it was time to go home. You can see that I still have a lot of work to do, the hands and feet are not even blocked in. I need to do a lot of work on the clothing and the faces are only on the second step of several.


Second session on the portraiture of the Emmaus road  mural
I think I need another forty hours on the people and then another ten or so on the scripture. It looks like I will be getting done soon, but I said that about six months ago. 

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Watercolor of a Swan On Peaceful Water

This is a nice picture of a swan swimming on a lake of peaceful water. I am happy with all the color in the water and the sense of peace the picture has about it.

This painting started out as an illustration for an art lesson I was giving and I was enjoying it so much that after the lesson was done I continued to work on it for my own pleasure and to push my limits a little. To see the art lesson worksheet click here.

The water was my real focus. I wanted it to be smooth colorful and have some gentle ripples on it. I put in the color in a blotty wash. It didn't look too good so after it dried I came back and used clear water and worked it over in little areas at a time so it was smoother. After it dried then I used a liner brush and tissue to lift out some of the colors in horizontal streaks so it looked like ripples.

The swan was very minimally done since it is just the white of the paper; this is a little like using negative space in the picture to create an image. I had difficulty controlling the shadows on the white feathers and had to use tissue often to lift out the darker values.

It is a nice picture and I am preparing to frame it. There are some art shows coming up and I am sure that I will be selling this one.

Swan In Peaceful Water
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Island In The Lake A Watercolor Painting

This is a nice little painting of a lake where there is an island with trees in the middle. This is a small painting about 8x10. On acid-free watercolor paper.

I originally did this as part of an art lesson that I was designing for some special students. It is not of any particular lake or island but is the blending of photos and my imagination.

I did the first step very watery so things would stay pale and distant, meaning the sky and background mountains. There is no middle ground only the mountains and the island; though technically one could call the zone between the mountains and the island a middle ground or call the island a middle ground and the water between the island and the bottom edge the foreground which is probably closer to the case on this picture.

The lake and island I did with a small brush and dry loaded with color.
I kept going over the island and the water before I was happy with it. I was very concerned that the background would have a much lighter value than the foreground. I wanted the island and trees to be distinct and darker than the background so it has a strong sense of distance.  I think it turned out very nicely.

I did a lot of blending with clear water and a soft brush to get the background mountains to look lighter and in the water to get a sense of ripples on a placid lake.

Watercolor painting of island with trees in the mountain lake


I still might touch it up a little before I put it in a frame. I expect to sell it for $100.00.

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