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Archive for November 2008

Crocus

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I did another watercolor painting this time instead of the usual drawing. If you have noticed my pattern of posting, you must have expected a drawing! I alternate between painting and drawing because I have a fear of losing touch with my drawing skills if I stayed away too long. But I guess it is okay to make an exception here and there. I have never seen a crocus but only in photos. So obviously I painted this picture from a photo.

Spring-time Crocus
9×12 inches on 140-lb Canson Watercolor paper
November 2008

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November 24, 2008 at 5:51 pm

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Geranium Series No. 3

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I used a different approach to paint these geraniums and I am pleased with the outcome. For this painting I paint the flowers and leaves with strong colors and then I hold the paper under running water. This causes the paint to spread out in everywhich direction. You can tilt the paper if you want certain paint to run in a certain direction.This causes the original painted flowers and leaves to fade off. Next you paint the subject again with darker values. You can also refine certain textures at this stage.

I am sorry that I have to watermark this picture for obvious reasons. It looks like I am gonna do a series on geraniums too.

Geranium Series No. 3
November 2008

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November 20, 2008 at 4:56 am

Portrait : Baldy

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This is the drawing of my little one when he was 1.5 years old. He went bald when my attempt to give him a haircut went awry. Poor kid! He was too young to fully understand what a mess his mom did to his hair. I felt really bad but he looked cute as a baldy.

“gone bald when left with no choice”
0.7 mm mechanical pencil on Canson medium-weight drawing paper
Portrait # 16

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November 11, 2008 at 4:04 am

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Blue Iris

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I did this blue iris on Stratmore acrylic paper for the first time. I can say that you get more control manipulating the paint when you are working on the acrylic surface; there is not much blooming when you do wet-on-wet painting. Personally, I like the unpredictability that comes with watercolor painting. You can get a lot of happy accidents while painting wet-on-wet. I did this painting on small scale. The painting is just 6 by b inches and I did not stretch the paper. Since it is an acrylic paper, there is no buckling when the surface is wet. Also, it can take a lot of glazing and scrubbing. So it is a good surface for detailed painting.  

Longing for Spring
6 by 6 inches on Strathmore Acrylic paper
October 2008

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November 2, 2008 at 12:10 am

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