Category: watercolor

Wandering


This is a watercolor I did in Painter.  I usually do most of my watercolors in an app called Rebelle.  Rebelle acts more like real watercolors.  But the watercolor brushes in Painter are varied and interesting.  This watercolor was done mostly with brushes from Skip Allen, an absolute master of watercolor brushes in Painter.  You can check out his blog here.  He has many great brushes you can download and use with Painter.  He also has tons of videos on how to use Painter.  

Watercolor 3

Sumi Watercolor 3

Sumi Watercolor 3

This is a watercolor I did in Painter 2016.

I started this painting by working with a particle brush to make the dark lines.  Then I filled in with watercolors for the rest of the painting.

At the end, I added some collage elements with design paper.

This is a completely different type of painting for me.  It was a lot of fun to do.  I may do a few more like this.

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain't What It Used To Be

Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be

This is another painting using impasto brushes.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle, using watercolors and inks to make lots of drips and other interesting shapes and lines.

Then, I took it into Painter and added the impasto brushes.

I’m thinking of changing my blog.  I started this blog because I was very ill with what was diagnosed at Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.  Well, it turns out I just had Lyme disease.  I’m feeling better after four long years of treatment for the Lyme.

I am out and about walking and doing other things I haven’t been able to do in almost 20 years.  I want my blog to be a celebration of the new me.  I’m going to keep the name of my blog, but change the description.

It turns out that I also have atypical migraines.  I have had a bad bout with that.  But, hooray, there’s a medication for that.  I’m on it, and that is resolving.  I’ve had that since 1983.  So, things are really looking up in my life.  I hope your life is going well.

 

Twisting Angles

Twisting Angles

Twisting Angles

This painting is one I started before I went to Maui, last October.  It has sat, waiting patiently for me to finish it.

I find that it is often hard to go back to a painting that has waited for me for a long time.  My painting style, to me, feels like it changes a lot every month.  To go back, sometimes, feels odd.  It’s like, I’ve been here, I’ve done that.  I want to move on.

But, I also don’t like to leave a painting unfinished.  So, finish it, I did.

Enjoy!

 

A Burst of Thunder

A Burst of Thunder

A Burst of Thunder

I started this painting in Rebelle, like I do all my paintings any more.

I used watercolors and inks and lots of drips.

Then, I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic brushes using the new dynamic speckle bristle brushes.

I’m not entirely happy with this piece.  I have been very frustrated with my abstracts lately.  That must mean I’m about to change how I paint.  I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m excited.

I started painting in September 2012.  To be honest, I wasn’t very good.  I have worked hard at my art and painting, and I know I have improved.  I just want to get really good now!

Many artists find a style and stick with it.  I don’t want to do that.  I want to keep what is mine and unique, but I want to grow as an artist.

I got a video from an artist by the name of John Salminen.  He is drop-dead fantastic.  Check him out John Salminen.

To me, his abstracts look like realistic paintings and his realistic work looks like abstracts.  He does cityscapes and is fantastic at them.  I hope his video will be as inspiring as his paintings are.

 

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

Pouring Down

I am very happy with this painting.  It pulls together many things I have tried to do in my paintings for some time.

First, lights and darks.  It sounds simple to just use lights and darks in one’s art.  But it is very hard to get the right balance of lights and darks.  They are what will make a painting “pop”.

Next, different textures.  Texture in the painting will make it more interesting and keep the viewer involved.  I was finally able to make a brush in Painter that picks up paper grain.  In Painter, I can bring in any paper textures I want.  I bring in papers of all kinds.  I have papers from real-world media and Ih have papers of rocks, bark and just about anything you can think of.

I used some geometric brushes that I made in this piece.  If you look, you can see triangles throughout the piece.  Those were the stamp brush.

I tried to pay closer attention to composition in this work.  I tried to give the eye a path to walk.  Not that you have to walk that exact path, go where you want.

As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and then took it into Painter.

 

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