Thursday, January 12, 2012
I tend to have a lot of middle values in my paintings. Something that I have been trying to work on is adding more contrast in values at my center of interest. I have taken a picture of my painting and edited it in Picasa. Looking at it in black and white will hopefully help me finish this painting up. What do I see???? Mostly middle values.... I need to add some dark values near the shoreline. I think I will leave the light values for the sailboat and the boathouse. The distant trees look a little dark, maybe if I lighten them a bit they will look more distant. Advice and comments are always welcome. :)
Thursday, January 5, 2012
To show a contrast between the trees and buildings I decided to use a complementary color. I've added a dark red roof to the buildings and a red canopy to one of the boats.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
I like how the red reflects in the water.
Red Sailboat 2
I like how this sailboat is in a cove and the trees behind it.
I like the line of this sailboat,
and I can see some of the details of the boat.
Sketching and Planning
I'm going to do more planning and sketching before I paint.
Masking Fluid Tip: I always use an inexpensive brush when I apply masking fluid. (Yes, I have ruined many brushes, but this process makes a brush last longer.) Before I start using the masking fluid, I always use this process to make the brush last longer. First dip your brush in water, then in liquid hand soap, and finally in the masking fluid. Keep up this process until you are finished using the masking fluid. Before putting the brush aside clean off any remaining masking fluid and wash with soap and water.
I usually start with the sky and work down the painting. For the sky I used a wash of ultramarine blue and phthalo blue. I lifted out some clouds with a crumpled up kleenex.