Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pear Paintings for Three Color Challenge





The challenge Daily Paintwork propose is to use just three colors + white for the painting. They called it Tres Amigos Challenge. Colors I used were Cadmium Yellow Primrose, Cadmium Red Light, Manganese Blue, plus Titanium White.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gourds and more mushrooms.

A little while ago we bought two gorgeous gourds in our coop store. I painted both of them, and probably will paint more.
Here is the first one - painted on 8x10: inches canvas panel and finished with UV protection varnish.








Gourd #2  - 6x8 inches canvas panel, also varnished:



And a new painting of three King Bolitas mushrooms - painted on 300lb watercolor paper mounted on 10x10 inches stretched canvas, varnished:





Monday, October 5, 2015

Little Purple Mushrooms.

4x4 in

As you probably already noticed I love painting mushrooms. In fact I love everything about them - hunting (what a strange word, like they are running), eating (of course edible ones). Mushrooms similar to what I painted are not edible, in mycology's world they are usually in a undefined category LBM - little brown mushrooms.  Well, I decided to paint LPM - Little Purple Mushrooms. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Painting from the past - Alaska landscapes.

Since I made Daily Paintwork site my main website, I will keep loading some paintings I made some time ago, when I lived in Juneau, Alaska. Also, I intend to make new series of artwork based on Alaska land and seascapes.
This is a painting of Sunny Cove, beautiful place on Lynn Canal, about 20 miles north from downtown Juneau. Whales are frequent visitors of that place and during my visits there I often heard sounds they make - like sighs - when they get on surface of the water. Few times I even saw a couple of whales there.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Daily Painting - red butterfly with a character.

This butterfly definitely has a character, but after I painted it yesterday, we couldn't give it a name. Finally on the way home last night I said that it looks like Dracula cape and my husband instantly came with a name - Count Dracufly:




Monday, September 21, 2015

Chanterelles Mushrooms.

We had some great rain for a week in Pacific Northwest and here they are popping out from a ground - Chanterelles:




Sunday, September 20, 2015

Grecian Shoemaker Butterfly painting.

One more tropical butterfly I saw in Butterfly Garden in Seattle, it's called Grecian Shoemaker. It's just was impossible not to paint it with it's bright orange spots sitting on the same color saucer so it almost looked like it has big holes in it's wings.


And since to my husband it reminded Batman he called it Dark Butter-Knight.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fish from the Deep or Fingerpainting is not only for kids.

Finger-painting the west is accepted as an art medium usually used by adults to teach art to children. It has a different meaning in China, however. It is a centuries-old Chinese technique of painting with the fingertips, hands and fingernails.
Chinese artist Zhou Xueyu has been painting with his fingers since 1961 and has made a name for himself in the art world. “Finger painting achieves effects different from those from using paintbrushes. The intermittent lines typical to this technique often yield a kind of hazy touch and the tone of the whole picture can be quite unexpected,” he said.
My discovery of painting with finger came when I was washing my metal palette tray of acrylic paint and enjoying making all sorts of images, mostly abstract. Then it occurred to me that I can do this on other surfaces - paper, canvas etc.  
Painting with fingers and hands feels different from painting with brushes - feels more intimate, you become one with a painting.
Doing research I found that there are even different techniques  - this is extract from the site mandarinmorning.com:

Thumb and Fingerprints
 The technique of thumb printing helps in making a variety of designs. Shapes of animals and insects are created with thumb impressions. The shapes of feathers and other body features of animals can be made with fingerprints.

Etching Technique
 The etching technique of finger painting isn't actually about painting a surface. Instead, the paint is removed with fingertips for making designs; the paint is etched out only when it is wet.
  (or you can usu nails - Y.K)

Wiggles and Waves
 The waves and wiggles are easiest patterns that one can create by means of finger painting techniques. Thumb and fingerprints are used to make these designs.

Dot Painting
 It is one of the commonly used technique in finger painting. Different shapes and patterns can be created only out of dots. Dot painting is not only a common, but also an easy to use technique. Outline of paintings made by the dot method is not very sharp and intricate designs cannot be created; however, the basic shapes and patterns suitable for children can be easily made with dot painting.

 Creating Mirror Images
 Symmetrical patterns/designs can be created by folding paper into two halves. The designs made on one half get imprinted on the other by folding.
(or another idea - just with use of both hands and doing it simultaneously - Y.K)

Palm and Finger
 It is a simple technique used in making a painting of earth. Fingers of the hand should be painted with different colors. Palm should be smeared with a mixture of green and blue colors. In this finger painting technique, the hand should be stamped on paper. Stamping need to be done several times by moving the palm in a circular manner. The final picture/painting is that of a blue-green colored earth with a variety of colors surrounding it. 

Interesting.  I will try some of that.

For today, I have a fantasy Fish painting, named From the Deep





Monday, August 31, 2015

Daily paintings. Colorful Butterflies.

After a "short" (in terms of eternity) time I am continuing my art blog.

My new painting routine is to produce small daily paintings. I often paint several at a time--like a warm up exercise--then give attention to those I like the most.

Also I am moving on to more non-traditional techniques, like painting with fingers, which  include scratching with fingernails, scraping with a palette knife, and/or using a new medium I recently discovered: water soluble crayons.  You can dip them in water and draw on canvas or paper; like watercolor pencils. 

After visiting the butterfly garden at the Seattle Center, I was inspired to paint butterflies.  I never had painted them before... I don't know why.  I love butterflies! And dragonflies!!!... By the way. (Mental note to myself - will paint them someday).

 I didn't try to do any particular kind of butterfly, although I used some photos taken in the garden for reference.

Here is the first group----

 

Butterfly Blues

 



                                                    Few more - smaller sizes 6x6 inches:

  Well Red Butterfly:

Happy Landing:



Eye On Yew:

 

Butter Sky-Diving:


I would be delighted to know what do you think about my new way of painting.