Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Well, I don't know if I am getting any better at painting cats but I am definitely getting faster. This painting only took me 1 1/2 hours to do. I still had to use colored pencils to add highlights to the fur and for the whiskers but right now I don't have the knowledge on how to paint the "fuzziness" with watercolor paint alone.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This second picture is what the painting looked liked after I used Prismacolor colored pencils to provide additional detail and highlights. While the completed painting looks much better with the colored pencils my goal is to be able to paint realistic fur without "cheating" by using colored pencil or acrylic paint.
I find it easier to paint smooth subjects (vases, fruits, vegetables, etc,) because the edges between the highlight/midtone/shadow are sharper and more distinct. I am finding it difficult to paint the highlight/midtone/shadow on soft subjects like fur or grass or trees. I just can't "see" what the shades, colors and values are or what brushstrokes to use.
Well, all I can do is keep practicing. With every painting I am learning how to create different effects. Eventually I will know what I need to do to create fur. The first chance I get I am going to go down to the library and pick up a book on painting animals in watercolor.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I painted this painting twice today. The first time, I didn't know how to achieve the highlights in the fur and ended up using Prismacolor colored pencil for the highlights and to add some more depth to the eye. I also used colored pencils to darken some areas and provide more detail. I decided to list this painting on ebay (see link on sidebar) and create another one using only watercolor paint.
The second painting was easier although I still had problems with the highlights. The only other problem I had was that the black really didn't sink into the paper and it was very easy to lift off. When I tried to darken some areas a lot of the color would lift off with just one brush stroke. I don't know if that is because of the paper or the paint. I use Aquamarine Blue + Burnt Sienna to make my black and I have never had an issue with it lifting so easily.
I really love cats and would like to improve my ability to paint the fur accurately so I will be doing a series of cats over the next few days.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
There is a saying "whether you think you can or you think you can't - you are right"
This painting really blew me away because I didn't think I had this level of skill. I didn't realize how important self-confidence was in my art until this project. I always wished that I would be able to paint photo realistic paintings but I didn't think that I had the skills to do so. Today, I realized that the only things holding me back all this time were my own fears and insecurites.