Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gouache resist, the process

 I have a commission to paint a dog portrait. I thought I'd show you my process. Sketch on tracing paper first. I like tracing paper because I can turn it around, sketch something else and trace it, play with it easily. I did a few thumbnails to get the composition the way I wanted before I drew it full size.
 Next, transfer (with a light box, or sometimes taped to a window) onto 140 lb. watercolor paper, then painting with thick gouache. I use darker colors than they will eventually turn out, as some gets washed off with the ink later. It has taken years of playing to figure this out, and I am still learning...
 More paint, leaving white space...
 ...which will turn black...
 I forgot to take a photo of the inked step, which would be right here.I cover the entire thing with India ink (I like Higgins Calligraphy ink. A few years ago they discontinued Higgins Engrossing, and I went into a panic, buying all I could find, emailing the company,  testing out every other kind out there. It turns out they had just changed the name to Calligraphy ink. I have no idea why.)
...after the inking, I go in and touch things up...this is almost finished, still working on the border, and a bit more texture to the dog's fur. It's been a fun one to paint!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

An Ocean of Art...the film!

People REALLY loved our annual art show this year....so here it is one more time, click the title above and take a walk through the gallery...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Someone loves all this rain we've been having...

 ...the roses...
 the pots I forget to water...

 ...the sweet peas...
 ...the raspberries...
 ...the lettuce...
...and oops, a fellow sun-lover. Outside, at last!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

An Ocean of Art!




Well, we've done it again!  Another art exhibit is ready for an audience.... take a look below, at the timelapse setup...made my partner, Kim Buckingham.
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Phew! Now I'm going to take a nap.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Illustration Friday - Lesson

This is probably the hardest week of the school year for me. This week I need to remember to stop and smell the roses. This week I need to enjoy the process, and slow down. This week I need to breathe.