June 19, 2012

Still Life Painting of White Lilies in Red Vase

White Lilies
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
This painting of white lilies has been inspired by the online painting challenge Paint and Draw Together, by Lela Stankovic.
I first sketched it with graphite on paper, and started painting looking at the sketch. Then I printed a black and white photo and used it as guide to get the values right.
Only at the very end I looked at the color picture, mainly to fix the reflections on the vase. I had fun! :)

June 4, 2012

Cypress and Olive Trees

Cypress and Olive Trees, 9" x 12", watercolor
Three things I associate with Tuscany: lines of cypresses, bluish olive trees, and hills.
This watercolor has all three, and kind of makes me home sick.
I keep painting Tuscany, even though I'm actually from Venice, where the landscape is totally different, but Tuscany has always been a joy for my eyes and soul every time I visited, and I enjoy representing it with watercolors.
The best part, I love how I learn something with each painting. :)