Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Finished not Finnish" still a work in progress

I posted the beginning of this painting two posts ago. Here it is with some changes and more to come. What do you think dear readers?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

These are two acrylics on masonite from the Lobenberg archive. They were painted from photographs that I snapped. The top is a U.S. postal truck driver taking an early morning break in the truck's cab. I thought the morning light going through the newspaper was pretty damn cool as well as his pose. The other painting shows a window glazer attaching molding to a round restaurant window opening. The circular geometry and motion attracted me. I am interested, dear readers, if you think these two images a worthy of watercolor interpretations. I am preparing for a couple of big watercolor competitions. Many thank yous in advance!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Finish not Finnish

The previous post was of my "base" watercolor portrait. This is my "finish". Do not confuse this with "Finnish". The dictionary defines that word as: "the Finno-Ugric language of the Finns, spoken in Finland and in parts of Russia and Sweden." As far as I know, the subject of my painting here does not speak Finnish. She could have visited Finland and maybe even visited family or friends in Finland. Come to think of it, I do not recollect ever asking this young lady if she speaks Finnish. Hey, maybe she does! . . .  anywho . . . this is my finish that measures 14 by 18 inches and was painted with a limited color palette  (the painting palette I use most likely was manufactured in China and not Finland) on 140lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper (manufactured in Great Britain and not Finland but with globalization, I could be wrong, and Arches watercolor paper is now manufactured in China). I bet it gets damn cold in Finland.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Base

Just "completed" this watercolor portrait. Actually, it is not fully complete. I consider this as my "base" upon which I shall take off and add paint and conte. Stay tuned and fingers crossed! Painted on 140lb. Arches cold press. 14 by 18 inches. Hey, before I forget, click on this portrait to see it larger. Can you see how much flow is going on? I paint on a small drafting table that easily tilts from flat to almost vertical.