May 30, 2012

Another Italian Landscape - Watercolor Painting

Tuscan Landscape, Watercolor, 9" x 12"

Here comes another of the Tuscany Hills watercolors.
When I use acrylics I'm much bolder with colors because I know I can paint over if I don't like it, but with watercolors I'm quite conservative and almost shy when loading the brush.
They also dry lighter than they look when wet, so the result is a pale palette, but I like it. :)

Tuscan Hills - Watercolor Painting

Tuscan Hills, Watercolor, 9" x 12"

I've been attending a watercolor group that meets every Tuesday, and I was pretty much the only one working with acrylics. Seeing the wonderful things that the others were creating with watercolors, really inspired me to try some on my own.
I had several pictures saved in my computer from Google street view in Tuscany, and here is the painting of the second of those.
I really enjoy experimenting with watercolors. :)

May 13, 2012

Italian Landscape - watercolor painting

Cypress Shadows, Watercolor, 9"x12"

One day I was in Google Street View, looking around the Italian Tuscan countryside, and I found so many great views. Besides making me a little homesick, it also inspired me to paint them, so I saved several images in a folder.
This painting is from one of those photos, I don't remember exactly where it was, but surely in the neighborhoods of San Gimignano.
I was inspired to start painting this particular view by the Daily Paint Work challenge of the week: The Shadow Challenge.
It has been fan to play with watercolors again, I think I want to do another one. Hopefully soon. :)

"Constant development is the law of life, 
and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas
 in order to appear consistent
 drives himself into a false position."   
 - Mohandas K. Gandhi

May 10, 2012

Drawing of roses, ink pen and colored pencils

Drawing of roses, ink pen and colored pencils

Another drawing from my sketchbook venture. This time the inspiration are the lovely roses posted by Evhe in her blog A Nos Pinceaux. I found her painting challenge photos most inspiring, recently.

 Also, tonight I went to the local Dublin Area Art League (DAAL) meeting and Spring Awakenings Show reception. While I'm quite new to the DAAL, they welcomed me in such a friendly and caring way, that made me very comfortable, and I even got the chance to entered two paintings in the spring art show. Below is a photo of me next to my Daffodils

I have two paintings in the DAAL Spring Art Show; my first "official" show. :)

May 5, 2012

I had fun making this collage of geraniums

Paper collage, 18cm x 25 cm

I signed up for the local Sketchbook Venture. They gave me a blank sketchbook, with thin pages, and I am supposed to fill it with images and words, following a theme of my choice. 
All sketchbooks entering the venture will be displayed at an exhibit, and then kept available at the local library.  "Cool!" I thought, but now I'm intimidated and I proceed very slowly, maybe too slowly, since there is a deadline. 
One thing is doing sketches for your own sake, completely unrelated to each other, and knowing nobody will ever see them, another thing is sketching for a public projects, and following a theme.
Well, I haven't even settled on a theme yet, but I started filling few pages, so far only with flower subjects.
This geranium collage filled one of the pages, and I really had fun ripping out magazine and making it.
I also made a drawing of the same geraniums.

I'm trying to work quickly on my sketches, using mainly pen and colored pencil. Sometimes I start drawing with graphite, that gives me the comfort of being erasable, and then I outline with pen.

Overall I'm happy with the Sketchbook Venture experience, but I hope I can get many more pages done before the cutoff date, less than two weeks from now.

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent van Gogh