Reference Photo for Acrylic class
Drawing for acrylic class
Acrylic PV Tree - started with the sky, then added the water. when they were dry, added under painting for grass/bushes.
Grasses are created by holding brush parallel to canvas and using a "touch, push, lift" stroke.
Week 2 Acrylic - PV Tree we added clouds, the house and trees in the background, highlighted the field and under painted the path.
The stroke for the side of the path followed the direction of what I was painting, basically an "L" shape or down the side and across the path.
To create texture and movement in the dirt of the path I use shallow "U" shaped strokes.
The tiles on the house were just suggestions and quick shapes that followed the angle of the roof and left some of the under painting to sugges the spaces between tiles.
Added the palm trees to the bg and based in the tree.
Path detail. I wanted to created an eroded rise on the left using a darker color and an "L" shaped stroke. Se next example.
Where we left off in class with highlighting and rocks.
Added rocks in the path and more highlight to the dirt.
Tree trunk has warm colors in the sun lit area and cool bule gray reflected highlights in the shadow area to help make it look round.
Tree canopy highlights are done the same way and as the under painting by pulling the brush down to create the "droopy" look of the leaves.
PV Eucalyptus as finished in class
PV Eucalyptus as I would finish a painting for myself. Added a surfer and more weeds, darkened the corners of the sky.
Detail on the trunk. Notice I added some peeling bark.
Adding birds can bring life to a painting. Note that the detail for the leaves are just little squiggles made with a liner brush.
Watercolor rocks can be a fun challenge, important key is to vary the shapes and sizes.
Rocks splattered with paint when dry.
Rocks splattered with paint both when wet and dry.
Under painting for the bucket. Notice how the bucket blocks the light so the dark and light areas are opposite from the inside to the out side.
Wood grain and cracks need to follow the direction of the slats and top cracks need to head towards the center.
The barrel was under painted just like the bucket. On both I left a bit up unpainted paper around the rim for a highlight.
Alcohol splattered into wet paint with a toothbrush.
Lifting with the end of a damp angle brush. Can be done with paint either wet or dry.
Isntant coffee onto wet paper.
Water splattered with tooth brush into still damp paint.
India ink squirted with water from spray bottle.
Lines made with knife point into wet paint.
Plastic wrap placed on wet paint and left to completely dry before removing.
Lifted with a paper towel. Streaks are just bits of paint that were on my brush.
Salt into just damp paint. The shine should just leave the paper.
Scraping into wet paint with edge of knife or other hard edge like a credit card.
Splattering can be done with a brush or a toothbrush.
Natural sponges can create varying textures.
Wax resist can work in some places but remember once it is applied it can't be removed.
Reference photo for Watercolor class
Drawing for watercolor class
I created a runny, drippy background for my under painting of the eucalyptus
I started some of the shadowing using a negative painting technique,
Once the drawing was on I started finding my shadow areas and adding color to the bark.
Final stage of watercolor eucalptus. Added detail and more color.
Basic Watercolor strokes
More Watercolor strokes.
Creating a value scale can help an artist to see the values in their painting. Punch a hole in the center or each value change. Each value was created using the same value as the first layer, it is the accumulation of pigment that darkens the value.