Sunday, October 25, 2009

Autumn Berries - Finished!

Well, the idea was to post a lot of progress shots along the, I got one more and then I finished it! LOL

Here is the progress shot, with the first wash on some of the leaves.

Then, since it was such a yucky, rainy day, I did nothing but paint. I had the house to myself (Pat was at a Chili cook-off),I had the music blaring, and I proceeded to overwork that one leaf there. (The dark one)

Overall I was fairly satisfied with most of this painting, there are parts I really like and some not so much.

Anyway, onward and upward!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Back at it!

Well, it's a perfect day for painting: cool, wet and windy! A blustery fall day is just the incentive I needed to get back at my Autumn Berry painting.
Today I worked on the stems of the berries, and I've just started putting a light wash on the leaves.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Berry Fun!

Slowly working on the berries...I do a few, take a break, do a few more, take a break...etc!
This afternoon we are planning on taking a drive to Rondeau Provincial Park, so I hope to come back with even more reference photos to have on hand!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weekend Watercolouring...

Seems like the only time I have (or have the energy) for painting is on the weekends. Lately they have been busy with family Thanksgving and visits, so I haven't been in the studio much. Now that the weather is turning cooler, I look forward to more of my favourite pastime!

Today I decided to go through some of the photos Pat and I took while out on a nature walk a couple of weeks ago. There were some beautiful red berries that caught my attention, so decided to give them a go.

Using the photo as reference, I did a very quick pencil sketch. I then deepened some of the values and will use the sketch as a guide. I loosely traced my sketch onto the backside of some Arches 140 cp paper. (My favourite!)

Here is my studio set up. I am mostly using my sketch as a reference and only peeking at the ref. photos occasionally. There is my one and only brush that I will be using! You can see an open book by Ann Blockley that I have out as inspiration. Love her work!

I'm loving the reds of the berries so far!