Sunday, April 25, 2010

Painting Florals Dark to Light

Step Three
Finish the Iris with lovely glazes of purple and pink creating a beautiful iridescent hue of purples and pinks.
I painted this painting today, took me about 7 hours including a lunch break. I will be teaching this and a Magnolia Floral all on a 60 minute DVD for The Artist Network TV. Simple and fun approach to painting a beautiful floral, dark-medium, and last but not least light values!!!
Hopefully you will give this a try.

Step Two
Paint in the Medium Values leaving the white of the paper for lighter values.

Step One
Paint in all your dark values first, shadows and all!!

Finished Image

Here is the finished image for the my DVD lesson with Artist Network TV.
I will be leaving May 17th to shoot this DVD and another on florals dark to light.
More on the floral DVD...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Reflective Image for the Artist Network TV Lesson

Step 14 Finishing the reflective image helps anchor my whole still life, and gives the whole painting a finished look. Now to finish painting the flowers at the top of the painting.

Step 13
Painting the reflective image onto the table top, using muted colors and painting what I see is key in this step.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chris Beck Studio

Check out the wonderful article written by Chris Beck.
It is an article featuring my art work, beautifully written by Chris Beck posted for all to see.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My lesson for Artist Network TV

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 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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Here is What Has Been Happening in My World...

The last few months have been very busy with demonstrations and workshops, I have had the privilege and pleasure of traveling and meeting so many talented watercolorists. Every workshop and demonstration is a learning experience for me, I pick up some fun new tips from my students, and see the beautiful results of all my students after each workshop. At the end of workshop it is always a bitter-sweet, saying good-bye to my new friends is a sad moment, coming home is always so nice.
Here are some photos of my past few weeks -

September 19, 2009 Demonstration for Morro Bay Art Association, Morro Bay California. They have a beautiful 2-story gallery along with an awesome workroom, an instructors dream for a workshop.
I will be teaching a 2- day workshop for this Association in March 2010, and am so looking forward to returning and getting to know this group of artists.

September 24-26 2009 - A three day workshop at Filoli Estates in Woodside, California.
Here are some of the students paintings on day 2 - believe me they worked very hard to get to this point, I so appreciated all their hard work. And such beautiful results for all!

Here is Guy Magallanes, all dressed up for my demonstration before the NMWS, doesn't he look great with his nifty vest?

During my 5-day workshop I demonstrated before the group, they have this fabulous set-up with a camera that projects my image onto the wall so that all can see, even the oops moments were recorded!! What a great evening - just loved this group.
Here are my students stretching their watercolor paper onto stretchers bars, staples were flying on this project.
Outside my hotel window I would wake up each morning to see the balloon festival afloat. Just a beautiful sight.
October 5-9, 2009, The workshop room, all my students getting ready for the beginning of what was to be a wonderful workshop. There is Lulu in the front row, she came all the way from Australia!
Here is a ballon trying to land in the parking lot of the Expo Fairgrounds, right next to our classroom.

October 14, 2009 we drove to Pasadena CA, in the pouring rain for the Learning Products Expo. We were all given a beautiful classroom to set-up Guy and I shared a classroom.
Here is Guy trying to get our projector set up for the showing of Art 2 Art, yes we take our art very seriously...And below is the beautiful classroom we shared.
That is it for now -