Art Pearls

My journey in search of pearls through painting and drawing

Archive for June 2008

Drawing Quote

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“The process of drawing is before all else, the process of putting the visual intelligence into action, the very mechanics of taking visual thought. Unlike painting and sculpture it is the process by which the artist makes clear to himself, and not to the spectator, what he is doing.It is a soliloquy before it becomes communication.”

– Michael Ayerton, “Golden Sections”

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June 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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Waterlily Series No. 1

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9 by 12 inches on 140# watercolor paper using various brands of watercolor paints. One thing I learned from this painting is to take your time and you will get a good end result.  I took a lot of breaks in between painting so I can’t say how long I took to do this painting. I started with the flower, then proceeded onto the buds; followed by the leaves and finally the background. Background gave me a lot of trouble since I was not sure how I should paint as. Finally decided to stick to a muddy dark background.

This time around I took a risk by not stretching the paper all around using a gummed tape. The paper buckled like crazy! Since I took break in between, most of the buckling would go away when the painting dried up. Lesson learned : always stretch the paper before you start painting especially if the paper is less than 300 lbs.

I used the reference image from WetCanvas Reference Image Library.

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June 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm

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Color Quote

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“Color can overwhelm… One must understand that when it comes to color less is often more – a lesson taught us by the masters but ignored by many artists.”

( Joe Singer in “How to Paint in Pastels”,1976)

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June 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm

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Echinacea

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9 by 9½ inches on 140# watercolor paper using Grumbacher watercolor paints. Thanks to my dear friend/work-partner Anitha for her kind permission in using her photo as a reference for my painting. It is not exactly like her photo but as per my composition. I can see a lot of improvement in my painting techniques when I compare this one with my earlier painting last month.

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June 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm

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Raspberries

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9 by 12 inches on heavy-weight paper using 4B and 2B pencils.

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June 23, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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Drawing Quote

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“In a way, art is like athletics: if you don’t practise, the visual sense quickly gets flabby and out of shape.The purpose of drawing is not to put lines down on paper any more than the purpose of jogging is to get somewhere. You must exercise your vision without caring overly much about the products of your practise.”

– Dr.Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

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June 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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Strawberries

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I wanted to create a three-dimensional effect with this pencil sketch of three strawberries. Drawing the individual seeds and the highlights on the skin are sleep-inducing. I think I can polish this further by tinkering at various places to make it look even more three-dimensional; but I will stop here. I drew these strawberries referring to an image from WetCanvas’s Reference Library.

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June 21, 2008 at 10:07 pm

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