Thursday, March 28, 2013

bird's sketch

Birds are not my favorite subject to paint. So as an exercise I try to sketch them once in a while. This one above is a watercolor sketch of a robin. I came out with this composition based on some images of the bird which I had seen from a number of references. The sketch is 24x30 cm in size.
Advance Happy Easter to all of you.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

watercolors and candle

Two weeks ago, I saw the original image of this painting from the book of Lisbet Braren-Weinrich which was being used by one member of our painting group. The book is in Dutch and its title is Hoe schilder ik in aquarel - stilleven. I was curious of how the texture in the image was done. So I asked someone from our group and she said I can use candle on the paper. When I read the book, indeed the author suggested that one of the ways to produce the texture is to use a candle. I decided to do an exercise and used the author's image. On rubbing the candle on the paper, I did it either before or after applying some watercolors on the paper. Obviously, I did the rubbing of the candle when the paper was dry. And so the above painting is my version of the author's painting shown in the book.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

open matured coconuts

This is another practice I've done in watercolors. I decided to put lighter colors in the background to see clearly the shadows and to make the painting simple. Meanwhile as I look further in the painting, my eyes are  telling me to do some more finishing touches with it, but at the moment I don't know how to go further. So I'll leave it like this for now. Good weekend to you all, :-)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

tulip in violet

Tulip again. I used mainly my flat brushes in this painting. I am not comfortable using these brushes that's why I 'm trying to use them as often as I can. I didn't have live tulip or photograph of the flower to use as a reference when I was sketching for this exercise. So I had to think everything to come up with this painting. In the absence of any reference material, I think our knowledge of the character and properties of the subject is very important.
This is in watercolor, size 27x35 cm. The weather has been rainy and gray, so it's difficult to have a good photograph of the painting. I can see from the left side of the painting a trace of light from our stand lamp. Have a good weekdays ahead everyone.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

playing with flat brushes

I'm not fond of using my flat brushes except when I'm putting washes for a background. I use mostly round brushes for my watercolor painting. But three days ago I played with them and I got this painting, 27x35 cm. I thought it's not bad at all so I share it here. I used the 3/4 inch flat brush mainly in it. I hope to do more practicing with these flat brushes so that I'll be familiar with them.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

chinese lantern

I wanted to post something today so I decided to show here this chinese lantern which I am still working on. I don't know yet what colors I will use for the background. And I also think the leaves need to be darkened a little more. This is in acrylic on a canson acrylic paper. I want to know more about working with acrylic that is why now and then I try to use it.