Friday, October 10, 2014

Pie Pumpkins. A painting that needs help

I am not happy with this painting.  I might try and rescue it with some pen work, but first I think a redo may be in order.  They say practice make perfect right?  I really liked the display of pie pumpkins at the store I work at last week, so I took a picture to work from at home.  I am a sucker for anything autumnal and also afraid to put bright cadmium red straight onto the page.   So this is a good image to play with....just have to work on getting them to seem weighted.  I don't believe these are heavy objects sitting on each other in this piece.  Deeper shadows for sure.

Farm Boy Pie Pumpkins.  Watercolour  8"x11"

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Red Barn in the City - Experimental Farm, Ottawa

Watercolour study.  The Experimental Farm is a large working farm right in the middle of Ottawa.  I believe Agriculture Canada uses it to test strains of corn and other grains.  They also have fantastic resources for folks to go and see the farm animals.  Kids can learn about sheep shearing and dairy production - I once took a workshop on canning.  It is such a unique spot.  Here is a link that gives more detail Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Urban Red Barn.  8" x 11" Waterolour



Friday, October 03, 2014


I spent some time this morning working on clouds.  I can see how you could work on these forever.


 
these are fairly small 4x6 and 5x7
 
 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Yellow and Green Barns - Experimental Farm, Ottawa

As shown in the original printout, the sky has no clouds to speak of.  I have added some as I really need practice getting them to look right.  More work is needed, they are tough to get right!  These pictures of the farm were taken in late August when the corn is high.  I will try to go back at a different time to capture other seasons.


Big Yellow Barn.  8"x8"  Watercolour


 
Here is the original image, not a great one as my printer is running out of ink, but it's something to work from.





Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yellow Barns - Experimental Farm, Ottawa

I can see a couple of areas I could have worked differently, but this paper feels like it's had enough.  I will try this one again.

Yellow Barns  8"x8"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Yellow Barn - Experimental Farm, Ottawa

Same view as previous exercise 'Blue Farm'.  Working with yellow forces me to use one of my least favourite colours!

Watercolour.  8"x12"
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Exercise - Watercolour Class Week 2

Exercise #1 - Monochromatic, 4 washes with a 5th layer for the darkest details.  I need to work on flat washes, gradient washes and working in one direction.  It was awesome to see how lovely everyones' example turned out, all blue and yet all different.  The image was provided by the instructor.