At this stage I painted in my first glaze of yellow. I will continue this step by step lesson, this week as I finish this fabulous still life, with all of it's wonderful elements.
Now I will begin to pay attention to the painting the stem and the darkest values of the yellow vase, this is to set up the shapes for the next step which will be painting in the yellow glaze.
Distorted shapes are one of my favorite things to paint you can push and exaggerated the shape to your hearts content.
Now onto the tall yellow vase working at the base of this vase, it is clear thick glass that will show lots of distortion of the objects that are near it.
Here it is a transparent candlestick holder
Paint in the medium values - leaving the white of the paper to for the lighter values.
Now it is time to concentrate on the green beveled candlestick holder, painting the darkest values first, will create what I like to call the "structure" of the glass image.
Painting the base is as simple and changes your values to create a beautiful round edge.
Once the Cut Crystal is painted I now will begin painting the lower portion of the vase, simple vertical strokes developing the beveled edges.
Painting the cut crystal's is just one of the most exciting elements of this vase, I can see so much color and refracted shapes, which encourages me to paint with exaggeration and adding all the colors from the prism.
Now that all the shapes have been painted in I will now concentrate on the cut crystals surrounding the deep red diamond in this cut crystal vase.
I started the first step of my image painting all the darkest values of the diamond shapes.
In May I will be traveling to F&W Publishing to shoot two 60 minute instructional DVDs. They will be aired on ArtistnetworkTV.com. I am honored and am excited to be traveling to Ohio in May. I will be meeting all the fabulous people that work behind the scenes of our favorite instructional books and DVD's. Here is a small preview of my first step by step painting in which I will be painting in one of the two 60 minute DVDs.
I am a watercolorist and author my work has been published in numerous books and magazines including American Artist Watercolor featured
on the front cover, Watercolor Magic, The Artist's Magazine,
North Light's Splash 8 - Watercolor Discoveries, and Splash 10 - Passionate Brush Strokes and the more recent "Stunning Crystal and Glass" published by North Light Books, and my
DVD Video "Stunning Crystal and Glass". I am also the co-host
to an award winning instructional television program "Art 2 Art" view on
In 1987 I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco focusing my studies on illustration, during my
time at the Academy of Art I discovered watercolor and
fell in love with this medium and became a full time watercolorist and instructor. From 1991 to 2001 she opened an art school of her own, "Emerald Lake Art Academy", in
Redwood City, California. In 2002 I concentrated on developing a new technique in watercolor, painting from dark to light, and have found that my students thrived on this unique technique, and could see there paintings develop quicker.