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Monday, 26 May 2008

Reflections in Water-The River Bank




The River Bank
Acrylic on wrapped canvas on stretcher bars
8 by 10 inches, 20.4 by 25.5 cm

In this painting, I had difficulty doing the reflections of the trees on the water. In the original image, the water and reflections were muddy. With a lot of help from friends, I was able to make the reflections. The reflections are painted with vertical strokes. The reflections are lighter and more muted than the color of the trees.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Actual Texture - An Old Wall and a Door

An Old Wall and a Door
Acrylic on acid free mount board
8 by 10 inches (20.4 by 25.5 cm) with a .5 inch (1.3 cm) white border


In this painting I emphasized the texture on the old wall. I wanted to try crackle medium but it was not in my 2 art stores. I used a pumice medium. I did layers under and over the pumice medium with colors and a gloss medium. When this was dry I scumbled a warm yellow medium over parts of the wall. Texture is usually seen in the light and not seen so distinctly in the shadow.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Warm and Cool Colors - Lilies

Lilies
Acrylic on watercolor paper
6.5 by 5 inches (16.58 by 12.75 cm)
including a .5 inch (1.3 cm) white border















I liked the shape of the lilies and this was one element of art I wanted to emphasize. The warm orange of the lilies contrasts with the cool muted green background heightening the color of the lilies and pushing the lilies forward in the picture plane.