Sunday, December 30, 2012

Santa Barbara Holiday

My family spend part of the holidays in a magnificent home in north Santa Barbara, CA. There was laughter, singing, playing pool (yes, there was a pool table in the kitchen) in the gigantic kitchen, painting with my niece, just hanging out with everyone.....

 watercolor view from the dining room
 winter leaves at the SB botanical garden
 view from our front yard

Rattlesnake Canyon trail hike....wonderful views! 
 manzanita blossom 
 Rattlesnake canyon hike at the creek
 Boulder at the botanical garden... unbelievable colors!
 Brother John, Sister in law Angela, Niece Alex and Nephew Ben 
New Zealand Family came for a visit
My brother's layout of yummy veggies for dinner 
Ready for the grill.....Tuna  from my friend Ron. He caught it off the shores of Baja, good! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Agave Light Tutorial #2

Happy Holidays Everyone! are the next steps in my 22" x 30" painting called "Agave Light" The reference photos were taken a couple of years ago in my town at a country stop sign intersection. There was a row of giant agaves with beautiful bougainvillea  blossoms intertwined throughout the big grey green leaves. Great cast shadows were abundant.  A must paint situation. This is acculally the second large painting I've completed of this same corner of agaves. My friend Carolyn owns the first one in the series! 

 I painted the negative spaces with greens, blues and then the right moment...dropped in some reds in the middle section. The bougainvillea blossoms were painted as individual shapes of dropped in color. 
and here you can see the  almost  finished bougainvillea blossoms 
  I also darkened the right side vertical cast shadow on the agave leaf. It wasn't showing enough contrast before.....
 On this side I used more yellow in the dropped in color blossom area along with the pinks. 
 I decided to leave more lost edges on this side to show off more of the yellow succulent blossoms.
And here it is...finished! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Agave Light...a painting in progress

This is a large watercolor painting in progress. 22" x 30".
 I started out with a pencil value drawing in my journal.

The first applications of color were painted with the  "dropped in color" technique. I started with warm colors and dropped in cooler greens and blues to create a variety of hues.  The light flower clusters are Bougainvillea   blossoms. I'm going to add magenta to the petals.
 This area shows negative painting. I painted around the flowers and leaves with darks. I did that so it would be easier to paint light values on the positive  shapes. 
 Another view of the same area....I'll post more photos soon ....I'm finishing up this painting over the weekend! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

San Juan Capistrano

My friends and I took the train last week up to San Juan Capistrano to paint on location at the mission.
 It was a grand day with a stop to grab some yummy lattes, a couple of sessions of drawing and painting at the mission, plus a little shopping......if you look closely at the left hand lower corner you can see two figures...Ann and Candy painting....
this painting is one continuous run on in a Moleskine watercolor journal.....great little journals! I started with a waterproof ink pen drawing...yes...there are some pesky perspective issues!.....then watercolor washes.