Friday, May 31, 2013

Virtual Paintout 6: Vevie Goes to Italy!

For the month of May Vevie and the Virtual Paintout  gang went to Italy! 

Specifically Lido di Jesolo, a province of Venice. Yes, the place famous for all the canals and romantic gondolas.
(click on any pics to enlarge; I kept them small here so the page will load faster for you)

I must have been in a romantic mood for this one, and chose my title from an old Celtic hymn "The Water is Wide". The CD I have is by David Arkenstone called Celtic Hymns, and I like this version of the lyrics:

The water is wide, I can't cross o'er
And neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And we shall sail, my love and I

"And We Shall Sail, My Love and I"

From Google Street View in 
Lido di Jesolo, Italy
9 x 12 acrylic on canvas

Here is the original Google Street View scene I chose to use:

As usual, I dinked around in Photoshop, trying out color schemes, etc. Settled on the one below for my mock-up. You'll see in the finished painting I made a change by leaving out the street lamps. They just made for too much clutter right in front of all that ships rigging. I like it better without them, but retained a bit of warm glow by keeping the last remnants of a sunset in the lower sky behind the ships. 

For a value check and to help me see the ships rigging better, I also made a black and white version:

I settled on a limited palette. I set the tubes out, then put the rest away. This time it consisted of:
Pthalo Turquoise (and a little Ultramarine Blue)
Cad Red Medium (and a little Permanent Alizarine)
Indian Yellow (currently my favorite yellow; so warm and glowing)
Dioxazine Purple
Titanium White

For my black, I mixed together: Thalo Green + Napthol Red Lt; 
and a little Payne's Grey mainly on the ships and Vevie.
(Don't remember if I mentioned this, but I've been using Chroma Interactive acrylics for this series; will talk more about them next time; I'm really enjoying them).

So here we go, the "making of" photos:

I enjoy texture, so started by putting a layer of gesso on my canvas with a palette knife. When dry, sealed it with matte medium; that made it easier to draw the image and adjust the lines as needed, with vine charcoal. I tried the vine charcoal once before, and hated the smudgey mess! But discovered that sealing the dried gesso first with the matte medium made a huge difference in the mess factor.  :-)

Underpainting colors; decided to add the Permanent Alizarine along with the Indian yellow and Dioxazine Purple:

Started the block of of basic colors and shapes:

 Background done:

Alas and alack, I forgot to take more photos... so here we are, finished!

You can peek at the image wrapping around the canvas here:

Still wet on the easel, before a thinned coat of gloss medium, with the ref pic next to it:

A close up of the ships:

And can't forget Vevie or I'd never hear the end of it!

And the finished gloss coated large version of 
"And We Shall Sail, My Love and I":

Hope you enjoyed visiting Italy with Vevie and me. Happy painting!


PS: Anyone interested in joining the Virtual Paintout excursions is welcome. Almost all mediums are acceptable; check HERE for all the info. It's fun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

How To "RePurpose" Your Art!

These days we are all learning to reuse, recycle, repurpose stuff. Well, hows about our art?? I don't mean just the usual, like cards, prints, posters, etc; all the fun stuff that online print-on-demand places can create with your image.

I'm talking about ways that I can simply enjoy the image again, in a different format. And since I LOVE quotes, I enjoy making my own little motivational posters.

I think of good quotes as distilled wisdom. Um... notice I said good quotes. ;-)

It's easy to do. If you don't have Photoshop, which is where I play with mine, you can go to free places that do it automatically for you, in a set format, such as This Place.

Here is my latest... please to enjoy.

Happy poster making,


Friday, May 10, 2013

I Finally Did It!

So, I've finally gone-an-dun-it! I finished writing up the requisite "Artist Statement" HERE.

Vevie (rhymes with Stevie) is quite indignant that SHE was not featured in it, since she has been my muse for the latest series of paintings I've been working on.

Oh well, a little nap and she will be all purrs and meows again!

Happy painting,