Wonderful Koi

wonderful koi

 5.75 by 5.75 watercolor on gessoed masonite $50.00

another koi 

This piece looks great in either horizontal and vertical don’t you agree. Reading this morning made me realize how many people don’t read and how they’re missing this great past time.   I don’t have to tell you if your a reader, you understand what I’m trying to say.  For a few moments you can be transported to another place and see life thru another’s experiences and their eyes.   You can speak with an accent, change your station in society or even live as a criminal.  Unlike film or tv you’ll be experiencing the story thru the writer’s voice, the details are always wonderful and the very well chosen words and phrases used to describe his or her reality are unique to each individual.  My mother never learned to read and loving books as I do, I’m sometimes sad to know this simple joy was not hers to have.

Too Koi

tookoiIt was so cold walking thru the woods this moring and I couldn’t seem to shake it off. During my noon walk, I decided to dress a little bit warmer then my jeans and sweatshirt. First, I put on a sweater and a vest, not just any vest a fur lined vest, then a big starter Jacket. Next came a red and white snow beanie and a 6 foot scarf. The hat was pulled all the way down to my glasses and the scarf was wrapped up around my nose. I looked a bit like a bag lady, you know the look, too too many layers. As if the person is wearing everything they own rather than carry it. It didn’t help the situation since I was walking thru a shopping center parking lot behind our neighboorhood store. Its a wonder no one pulled over and gave me their spare change.5.75 by 5.75 watercolor on gessoed masonite 50.00

Koi Deluxe sold

Koi  delux5.75  by5.75 watercolor on gessoed Masonite. $50.00
It rained pretty hard this morning and I took the dogs to the lake, later it turned cold and I had to take a hot bath to warm up. As soon as the dogs hear the water running in the tub they usually head for downstairs just in case I get some crazy idea to give them a bath. Now with the dogs all snuggled up in their beds and me drinking hot tea, the house seems quiet. I like rainy days.

“As the dogs watched”, watercolor on gessoed Illustration Board

SOLDthe-dos-watched.jpgSpecial of the Week $ 25.00 5.5 by 5.5 watercolor on gessoed Illustration board.Another small painting in my dog series. I have three dogs so I guess that why I continue to paint most of these in groups of three.

Koi Down Stream… Egg tempra on clayboard

Koi Downstream

8 inches by 10 inches, egg tempera on clayboard

$75.00 USD,  $6.50 shipping and handling
( btw don’t forget to check out my latest BIG watercolor on my other blog… http://h20color.wordpress.com)

This painting was painted in a class situation with instructor, Ashley Lathe. He’s an artist in residence at the Mc Coll center of the Arts in Charlotte NC.

I enjoyed his class and found him to be an informative and easy going instructor.   He demonstrated the mixing of the paint with the egg yoke and then proceeded to paint a small painting, explaining the various strengths and challenges of the media. 

Before starting, you should used soap and a bit of water on your brushes to coat the brush hairs.  Apparently if the egg dries on the brush its almost impossible to get out.  So you might want to have your brushes ready to go before you mix up the paint.  Also consider using cheap synthetic brushes till you become used to the process.  No one likes to ruin a good brush.

 We didn’t use dry pigment but took a little shortcut and used watercolor pigment.  This was good news for me since I have a fishing tackle box full of watercolor paint. First we separated an egg and kept only the egg yoke.  Then we pierced the egg yoke and only used the inside of the yoke throwing away the membrane.  We added 2 tablespoons of distilled water to each large egg yoke and mixed it thoroughly.  Using an eye dropper, the yoke mixture is then placed on a glass pallet with equal parts watercolor pigment.  Then mixing with a spatula to insure the yoke and the paint are completely mixed, your ready to go.  Of course, you only make the amount of paint to cover an area you can paint before the pigment becomes too sticky.  This is where experience helps. 

  If you need to make a color from more than one pigment say yellow and blue to make green, do this before adding the yoke.

Ashley explained to us when painting with the egg tempera paint you should always pull paint from a pool of paint and not from outer dryer area of the paint.  This will give you more time before the paint dries on your piece.  I also chose to wet my clayboard to give me a wet into wet look for the first two layers of paint.  This also gave me a little extra time to get a feel for the consistency and the drying time of the paint. 

This painting is a bit darker than I usually paint only because the egg tempra does not dry back like watercolor.  It holds its luminosity and is very translucent.

This type of painting seems to work well for glazing because like watercolor you can put a second color over the first to create a third color.   There is a stain glass look to the finished product because when dry, the paint continues to have a surface sheen.  Texture was easy to achieve and you can almost use anything including a palette knife or a scratch tool  These paintings do not have to be framed under glass and should last many lifetimes if properly handled.  

All in all this was a good experience and I’m sure you’ll see egg tempra paintings in  the weeks to come.

Wandering

wandering
5 inches by 5 inches
watercolor on gessoed illustration board. 35.00 plus shipping

This landscape was painted with thick watercolor and very little water. The colors are naples yellow, primary red, indigo, pthalo blue and pthalo green .