Saturday, March 4, 2017

Poison Tree Frog Painting for the Cushman fund

My latest painting 7"x5" in acrylics - 'Poison Tree Frog'.  I met him in Costa Rica, my last trip.  I painted him life size - which is tiny.

Its a donation for the Cushman Art Scholarship fund run by the Seacoast Artists Guild.  Each painting is the same size and sells for $20 at the Seacoast Artists Gallery at the Market Common here in Myrtle Beach.  All proceeds help fund the scholarships for HS students going to college to study art.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Class Demo - Morning Sun - Part 2

Part 2 of Demo - See earlier post for part 1
flower pot

Last week I painted the background and streaked the glass.  Today I painted the window sill and blocked in the pot.

I used a limited palette of white, ultramarine blue (same as the window), yellow ochre and burnt sienna.

I mixed blue and burnt sienna to make a gray and used that for the shadow areas on the sill.  I used a ruler to sketch in the lines in chalk.  I also used the ruler to guide the brush to get straight lines.  I wipe the ruler off after each stroke.  I used a mix of white, yellow ochre and burnt sienna to make a golden beige for the sill, slightly changing the mix for each of the strips.  I used the gray mix to put the shadow under the pot.  I used white to give a strong highlight on the top of the sill.

I blocked in the pot with similar mixes.  I used more burnt sienna to give a kraft paper/terra-cotta look to the pot.  I used the gray mix for the shadow side.  I used just white and yellow ochre for the highlight side.  I wet my brush slightly more with just a touch of water to help blend all the colors in the pot.  I also put a few strokes of blue and straight burnt sienna in the pot for some variety.

Demo will be continued next week in class.