Art Pearls

My journey in search of pearls through painting and drawing

Bouquet of Cosmos

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I did this painting from an old painting challenge No.57 from A Nos Pinceaux .

11 by 14 inches 140 -lbs. cold pressed Waterford watercolor paper

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July 21, 2014 at 2:01 am

Flutterby : Monarch Butterfly

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This painting is done under the direction of the watercolor artist, Jacqueline Gnott. I have signed up for her learning forum so I will be able to learn better under a master watercolor artist. My schedules clash with local class times and online forum is the next best alternative where you can learn the techniques through videos. I recommend this membership based learning forum for anyone interested in learning more about watercolor painting. In this particular video, I learned how to paint in rich, black background using black pigment and how to paint the colored bokeh in the background.

8 by 11 inches on 300 lbs watercolor paper
Reference Photo : Jacqueline Gnott

 

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July 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Flutterby : Great Spangled Fritillary

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Finally, I am back to watercolor painting! This blog desperately needs some colors after several drawings. Almost an year ago, I drew the outlines for this painting, applied masking fluid and kept it away. I knew it would be a bad idea to leave on the masking fluid but I lost the painting mojo so much that I couldn’t pick up a brush and finish it. I have been watching a lot of videos and browsing online on watercolor paintings but there weren’t motivating enough to pick up the painting brushes. Earlier this week, I just happened to see this unfinished painting and picked it up to finish the painting. I did the background painting first, knowing well enough that I might have to throw away the painting that removing the masking fluid could ruin the paper surface. After finishing the background, I had a hard time removing the masking but the paper was sturdy enough to withstand the abuse as I scrubbed away every last bit of the masking. I used Kilimanjaro watercolor paper to do this painting.

11by 14 inches on 300 lbs watercolor paper
Reference Photo : Rodney Campbell

 

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July 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Posted in insects, series, watercolors

Seated Lady Figure Study, No.9

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I drew this from a vintage image of the sixties.I am happy with how I drew the hair. This is also a good exercise on forshortening – something that all  figure drawers need to know.

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July 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Posted in drawings, figure, pencil

Cosplay Figure Study, No.8

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The cosplay I chose to do is Vilma of ScoobyDoo. I thought it would be interesting to do a cosplay as clothed figure drawing.

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July 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Ballerina Figure Study, No.7

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In graphite on 11 by 14 inches Bristol Vellum.

Drawing the fingers and the head was a bit challenging. Took me several tries to get it right.

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June 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Ballerina Figure Study, No. 6

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I am quite happy with this ballerina figure study. I was a bit unsure of how the tulle will come out as; but as I drew it out, it came out just fine. Drawing the head was a bit challenging because of it the angle; but after several tries , it worked out. The Bristol Vellum surface is quite forgiving. We can edit as much as we want.

11 by 14″ , Graphite on Bristol Vellum

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June 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm