Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Good feedback from Red Bubble

I uploaded my Venetian Shutters ( see previous post) to the Red Bubble site to see what kind of feedback it would receive. To my surprise, I almost immediately got a double feature!.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Back from vacation!

I have just returned from my vacation with exactly 1000 pictures for future inspiration :-) We went to Venice with a short side-trip to Florence, Sienna and San Gimignano ( see background in photo below.
The temperature was fine, but unfortunately, we did not have any sun for the first half of the trip. The only unfortunate incident was that my hotmail account was partially hacked in Venice and everyone in my contact list received a spam message... apparently from me!

I quickly worked on Venetian Shutters this afternoon...it has been dragging for too long and it's time to move on. I will put it aside temporarily before I sign it. I find this painting very "busy" and am craving for some simple, uncluttered scene.

 It's nice to be back and to catch up with your blogs and your work. Monday, it's back to work at the office for 9 hours a day :-)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Venetian Shutters: Latest update

I have made just a little progress on this painting: the posts in the water and some darks here and there. I will not be working on it for over a week because I am going on a short vacation...guess where? My favorite city in the world Venice, then Florence. I will have limited access to the internet, but will try to check a few blogs.

Here is the latest version of Venetian shutters. It was photographed inside, so the colors may not be quite accurate.
I am also including the photograph used for inspiration so that you can compare the two at this stage.
 Take care.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Anonymous in Spain: Featured in Art at its Best

 Red Bubble has just featured my  Anonymous in Spain watercolor in the Art at its Best group.
This is an riginal watercolour painting on Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper that I painted probably over a year ago at least.I  used DaVinci and W&N professional grade paints and the finished painting is approximately 14 ” X 19”. I used a  photo reference from WetCanvas, an online artist community. Most of the painting was done with the pouring technique.

An old lady hides her identity and her thoughts under a dark umbrella while the Spanish sun is pouring into the stone arcade. Let your imagination provide a face, a soul and a purpose…

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Venetian Shutters - Update 5

Hum...I went from I considered drab colors to a weird color explosion in the cast shadows:-) Ah, well! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I suppose

. I still have lots of work to do on this painting. It won't make me famous, but I am having fun. Have a great Sunday.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Serenity Featured on Red Bubble

My watercolor "Serenity" has just been featured in a recently created group on Red Bubble, called "Waterlily Wonderland".

The majority of the entries are photographs, but there are some paintings. Some are so beautiful that they take your breath away. Do check them out.

My "Serenity" was painted over a year
 and a half ago and was my fist large painting ( just under a full sheet). The waterlilies are somewhat stylized; the nuancing occurs mostly in the background.  This is certainly a painting that I intend to paint again one of these days.