Friday, February 27, 2009

On The Easel - Completed Paintings

"Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was attracted to the variations in colors on all these pears and wanted to paint a still life with them. The pear with leaf attached was a lucky find.

This painting is titled, "A Fruitful Pairing"
The size is 9" x 13"
UV Varnished, on 200lb watercolor paper

Here is a 2nd painting I did with the pears,
adding the striped bowl was fun.

This painting is titled, "A Fruitful Gathering"
This size is 8 1/2" x 15"
UV varnished on 200lb watercolor paper
Both pieces are available for sale.

I recently changed my watercolor paper. In the past I was using Arches 140lb cold pressed.
I became very comfortable with this paper and could anticipate how my paints would react and was quite happy using it. As I have started varnishing many of my paintings, I was looking for a heavier weight to ensure my painting would stay taught even after the layers of varnish were added. I am trying Saunders Waterford 200lb cold pressed. I like the weight of it, and will probably never go back to 140lb paper. The paper has a lot more tooth and my paints react differently. It's a little harder to achieve the clean edges I'm used to. This too shall pass!
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

Laura Leeder

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On The Easel - Fruit with Striped Bowl Painting

"Everything about watercolor appeals to me, but perhaps above all, the peculiarities of the medium tend to challenge my efforts to control it... it's more like a performance or a dance."
-John Hulsey

Step 3: Continuing to develop the values. The striped bowl, cherries and tablecloth have received the most attention so far. I'm working on the cloth...adding layers of color in lite value, as I want these to shine through the darker shadow glazes to come. I've pre-wet the cloth and charged in aureolin yellow and quinacridone rose where the folds might be suggested, letting them mingle in some areas & keeping them apart in others. After this wash dried, I again pre-wet the cloth and charged in ultramarine blue and phthalo blue(gs)in lite values & let them dry. I will repeat this step again with the blues, as I want it darker in some of the folds, I will then follow with a glaze of burnt sienna in some areas of the cloth...this will soften & balance out the colors. The bowl has received glazes of yellow, followed by q.rose &, then ultr.marine & phthalo in the shadow areas. Starting to develop the cast shadows under fruit & bowl. (Daniel Smith Paints)
Has been a busy week, if I can carve out some more time, I can get this one done! I always have 3 to 4 paintings of various sizes on the go....sometimes I work more on one than the other, it just depends on my mood and perhaps how well the session is going. Stay tuned.....Thanks for stopping by!
Yours in Art, Laura Leeder

Monday, February 2, 2009

On The Easel-Fruit with Striped Bowl Painting

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." -Louis Nizer

Step 2: I've started painting the fruit and striped bowl. I pre-wet each of the fruits and charged in the colors (Aureolin, Q. Red, New Gamboge, Sap Green and Ultramarine Blue), allowing them to dry. I then glazed a 2nd layer of color and will continue to do so building up the values. On the striped bowl, I've saved the highlights on the top edge of bowl with miskit, as I want them sharp. I will blot and paint around the whites on the rest of the bowl, so they will be softer and varied in value. The lace tablecloth has also received it's first washes of color to start indicating the folds over table edge. Painting size is 8 1/2" by 15". So far, so good....Thanks for stopping by!
Yours in Art, Laura Leeder
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