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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This is a close-up of the painting. After all of my shadow shapes are in place, I added some of my "triad grey" (aureolin, perm. rose, cobalt blue) to some of the shadows to give them a little more depth. I wet one petal at a time with clear water before I begin painting. From there, I begin overpainting the petals with perm. rose, quin. magenta, quin. gold, new gamboge, and winsor orange (red shade). Tipping the paper helps smooth the transitions between colors, and the water I painted on the petals "floats" the paint, allowing more movement.
I've finished the petals, and underpaint the buds and stems with winsor violet. I've used indigo to underpaint veins in the leaves, then overpainted with sap green.
The stems and buds are painted with pereylene violet and permanent rose. The winsor violet underpainting shows through, creating depth. My final step is to glaze over some of the lower stems with the triad grey to push them into the background. When you first apply this glaze, it looks pretty bad-- just give it time. As the grey dries it disappears, creating a subtle shadow.
I titled this painting "Arrival" 36" x 15". It was my first painting done while living here in Maui.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
My husband and I are spending the next six months in Maui. I'm planning on doing a LOT of painting, and have just joined Maui Hands, a wonderful art gallery. This is the view from my studio.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
SIX AMERICAN ARTISTS TO REPRESENT THE U.S. IN THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOR BIENNIAL IN MEXICO
Mark Mehaffey, Nicholas Simmons, Keiko Tanabe, Carol Carter, Thomas W. Schaller, and Kathleen Alexander have formed the North American Watercolor Artists, a group of six U.S. watercolor artists, to represent the United States in the IX International Watercolor Biennial in Mexico. The exhibition will be held at the National Museum of Watercolor in Mexico City, December 5, 2010 through February 13, 2011. Artists representing countries in five continents are participating in the Biennial, which is invitation-only. Begun in 1994, the purpose of the Biennial is to establish or enhance friendly relationships among watercolor artists and promote watercolor painting around the world.
I'm so honored to be included in this outstanding group of artists, and to be representing the United States. I've included the websites of all the members of the group, so please visit. Each artist has a unique style that represents a different facet of watercolor painting.
Mark Mehaffey www.mehaffeygallery.com
Nicholas Simmons www.nicholassimmons.com
Keiko Tanabe http://ktanabefineart.com
Carol Carter www.carol-carter.com
Thomas W. Schaller www.twschaller.com
Kathleen Alexander www.kathleenalexanderwatercolors.com
The painting I sent to the exhibition is titled "Gratitude" 21x29".
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I'll have a booth at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts this weekend, August 28-29 on University Avenue in Palo Alto. It's a great festival (& the food is surprisingly good for a street fair!). We just moved, and life seems to be getting back to normal. I've been painting some new wine grapes and am trying to finish them for the Kings Mountain Art Fair, Labor Day weekend.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I got late notice that I was accepted into the La Jolla Festival of the Arts. La Jolla is in the San Diego area, so this will be the farthest I've travelled for an art festival. I'm so excited! The festival is June 26-27, and is held on the UC San Diego Campus East. Here's their web address: www.lajollaartfestival.org. If you're in the area, please come by and say hi!