Thursday, April 24, 2014

Enjoying My Journey

I can't begin to tell you how much I'm enjoying the process of learning the water solubles.  It brings me right back to my first days with the Genesis Heat Set Oils and the excitement I felt with every piece I painted.  The water solubles aren't coming as easily in terms of skills attained, but they are coming at a fast enough pace to keep me keenly interested and excited for every new project.

Each of these paintings is based on a photo offered through Paint My Photo.  The photographers there are truly some of the finest in the world and their generosity of heart to freely allowing their work for our use, is unparalleled out there.

My paintings were done in a combination of Caran d'Ache Neocolours II, Derwent Inktense Pencils and assorted watecolour pencils.

Water Lilies
9x12 Watercolour Paper

Australian Rosella
5.5x8.5 Watercolour Paper

My adventure continues!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Baby Steps

Learning anything new takes time to perfect.  Sometimes during that learning process, some things are easier while others offer invaluable lessons through the failed endeavours.  That's a good thing.  The easier things build your confidence while the failures teach you what you need to know to continue building your skill. 

Oils came SO easy for me ... but then I'd been struggling with acrylics for years before I decided to experiment with the oils and found my niche.   Now, I'm forcing the niche into the water soluble mediums and, believe it or not, I am enjoying every success and failure.   Its not coming as easily as the oils, but I'm not struggling like I did with the acrylics either ... bonus! lol

Here's the last painting I did with the Caran d'Ache Neocolours II and the Derwent Inktense Pencils.  This painting is based on a photo offered through Paint My Photo ning group, linked at lower right.  While this piece was not one of my "successes", I learned so much about shading and highlighting with water solubles that I consider it a very valuable painting because of that. ;-)

Rose Elegance
the journey continues ...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Adventuresome Journey

Its been a while since I've updated my blog. I've been off on an adventure as I began the journey into water soluable mediums.

This adventure has had a two-fold purpose. My health issues are prohibiting my ability to spend a great deal of time at the art desk and I was having less and less time for being creative. I wanted to find something that would allow for me to be creative from my bedchair ... something of a fluid nature but less mess than typical painting mediums. I wanted something that made me feel as good about my artwork as my Genesis Oils have done and still do.

I searched.

I've used Prismacolour Pencils and love them.  I will continue to use them ... but it wasn't the kind of painting medium my heart was yearning for.

Watercolour, both in cake and tube form, posed a bit of a problem with the bedchair as they require a water mister to keep them moist and a cup of water. Did I mention I tend to spill and drop things a lot? :-( Yeah ... its sad. :-(   I can, however, use an aqua brush with them but it requires a great deal more water than these brushes tend to dispense.

Watercolour Pencils began to fit the emotional need for moving colour.   I can use an aqua brush with them, keeping better control on that water too. They offer the option of applying dry or wet as you determine and work well with both the aqua brushes or regular watercolour brushes and a cup of water.

Caran d'Ache Neocolours II were an investment I decided to make as several friends have used them and loved them too. I got the 84 colour tin and am so glad I did ... lots and lots of colours to play with! Oh yessssssssss ... I fell in love with the first colour and play. They are lovely ... simply lovely and lush in colour. They also can be applied dry or wet as you determine and work well with aqua brushes or regular watercolour brushes and a cup of water.

To make things even more exciting, I've added a 24 colour tin of Derwent's Inktense Pencils and I have a 72 tin set of the Derwent Inktense Blocks arriving May 5th. (Amazon had a flash sale and price of $40.14 and free shipping!). The Inktense are ink delivered in either pencil or block form and activate with water.   Once dry, they are set like ink, which allows for layering of colours. This will play nicely with the Caran d'Ache and I can't wait to have ALL those lovely colours to play with soon!

Both the Caran d'Ache Neocolours as well as the Derwent Inktense can be used for fine art, mixed media, art journaling, cardmaking, scrapbook pages ... whatever your heart desires!

To follow has been my art journey with the Caran d'Ache Neocolours II and added detailing in many with both Watercolour Pencils and the Inktense.  With exceptions as noted, my paintings are based on photos offered at Paint My Photo, ning group (linked lower right). 

Koi Fish
my 1st piece

The Soul Becomes
my 2nd piece

Still Life
my 3rd piece
my 4th piece
(my original sketch)

Pansy Center - Macro-Close-up
my 5th piece
Apollo Bay SeaScape
my 6th piece

I'm loving this adventure and look forward to learning more and more as I continue my journey!