Girly

Girly, 8 x 10 Watercolor (O, P)

Girly, 8 x 10 Watercolor (O, P)

This is an experiment: a new technique and a slightly new style I’m trying.  Same old subject matter.

The September meeting of the Pittsford Art Group included a demo by Stu Chait, abstract watercolorist.  He drops paint onto a flat surface by either squeezing the paint out of a big brush, or pouring it from a cup.

portrait by Leanne Sarubbi

portrait by Leanne Sarubbi

I thought this might work well for an idea I got at the Roco 6×6 show.  I was inspired by this portrait at the left, and so I thought maybe one could combine Chait’s abstract big drop idea and Sarubbi’s high-contrast simplification.  I ended up modifying it significantly as you see, by putting in eye and ear color, and I chickened out on leaving the chest all white, instead putting in a light drop-in of the same colors to set the chest back from the face.  I loved how the “black” came out, and that has no subtle shading on it on purpose, requiring the shape to tell your eye what the form is.  I feel I made the background too bold, but other than that I like it.  I did the whiskers with white gouache again.

This work is painted with 4 colors: Intense Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep, and Burnt Umber, the “black” being all but Yellow Ochre.  I almost never use more than 5 colors in a painting.

 

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Noelle

2014-07 Noelle

Noelle, 8 x 10 Watercolor (O)

This is a commission piece.  Noelle looks like a very sweet dog.

I used gouache in a painting for the first time, to do the white whiskers.  Usually I use a razor blade (scratches away the paint revealing the white paper) but it wasn’t doing what I wanted.  Masking fluid never does what I want.  Gouache is an opaque watercolor, so it can be used on top of any color.

Maria

Maria, 8 x 10 Watercolor (O, P)

Maria, 8 x 10 Watercolor (O, P)

I was chicken-sitting for neighbors one winter a few years back.  There had been a lot of snow and while the chickens loved to peck the snow, it was way too deep for them to walk in, so they had been stuck in a small patio I was shoveling for them.

This was the first warm day and the snow began to melt around objects such as this free-standing door.  They were thrilled to sneak along the edges of the snow and peck in the dirt for greens and roots.

Fooling Around

I have been doing a series of casual 6 x 6’s in various media, usually on the back of scrap or abandoned paintings.  I didn’t sign any, with the thought of taking them to the RoCo 6x6x2014 show.

The first three are from a Farm Sanctuary calendar, the cub was from some magazine, and the other three are my own photos.