Saturday, January 21, 2012

Aquarelle - "Floating in Heaven"

I repainted the purple rose that I painted before. And this time, instead of using the original picture of my subject, I used my sketch as a reference and it's actually easier.

I tried to add some black to my purple lake for color of my rose. It turned out better than using just plain purple lake itself.  However, my background is a bit lighter coz I was still experimenting on how to do my backgrounds. Inspired by Barbara fox, I tried Holbien Peacock Blue and M. Graham Dioxazine Purple and blend them using wet to wet technique. Fortunately, it gave me the blend that I was looking for. However, they told me that the background was too light and I was too lazy to change it. Both Jay and my mom told me my rose looks like it's floating so I entitled it "floating in heaven". Lol! :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Aquarelle - "Pink Roses"

I'm done with my pink roses. I missed something though. Jay noticed it when I sent him this pic. XD


I might go back and fill this rose painting though.  Jay told me that it's better if I'll fill up the whole paper with flowers and leaves. XD

Monday, January 9, 2012

Aquarelle - "Unfinished Project"

 Thanks love for the free tutorial for the lights, shadows and fine line. 

I made this rose last night while love was drawing his new dot project. I'm not done with this yet though. Both Jay and my mom told me that it's better if I'll paint another rose at the bottom and Jay suggested a cherry blossom on top. Whew.. they really love to see me paint don't they. I guess this is going to be my second composition. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Aquarelle - "Purple Rose"

Finally, I finished my Purple Rose. This is the very first time that I was really careful with the details of my painting. I'm starting to notice the unnecessary lines and really took the time to smudge them one by one. I'm becoming a perfectionist lately. -.- But I'm happy with this purple rose. I invested more time painting it compared to the previous ones that I did. By the way, this is the first time that I tried using the angular brush. I used it to shade my background. :)
PAPER : Strathmore 400 Series (11 X 15 in)
ROSE :  Purple Lake
ROSE BUDS AND LEAVES : Olive Green, Sap Green and Purple Lake
BACKGROUND : Cerulean Blue

Découvrir et Explorer L'aquarelle - "La Naissance D'un Artiste"

My first large detailed painting. I'm not done with it yet. However, I want to keep a memory of how it looks like while I'm still on the process of painting it. :)

Découvrir et Explorer L'aquarelle 

Most people say that watercolor is one of the hardest mediums. The first few days that I painted, I thought it wasn't. I like the way this medium flows with water. Also it's easier to spread than acrylic and oil and faster to shade than pencil or pen. So I assume that for me, watercolor is actually the easiest medium.

However, as I go on with my Aquarelle Journey, I discovered the reasons why most painters find this medium hard to use.

Yesterday, when I painted my first miniature rose, I learned how to do the details and smudge the edges my lines. Also, I learned to leave spots for the lights. In watercolor, once you stroke your brush, the only think you can do is either smudge your lines or go from light to dark. Once you fail to leave spots for your lights, it's hard or almost impossible to redo its unique light effect. White doesn't help either.

I also discovered that it's better not to use watercolor pencil for my draft. They smudge with the paints thus creating thicker lines instead of having thin fine lines for my details.

Lastly, I learned that it will be easier for me to paint parts by parts instead of looking at the whole piece. In doing so, I don't get confused much with the details from my reference.

So, should I conclude that watercolor is hard then? Yes it is, especially now that I'm starting to become a "perfectionist". But I really enjoy doing it. Actually, I love it and I'm starting to become obsessed with it! For me, watercolor painting is just like eating pringles, "Once you pop, YOU CAN'T STOP!" Doing it the first time may be upsetting and discouraging but it's just good that I didn't quit. I'll just keep on painting. :)

Aquarelle - "Dark Rose"

I want a combination of black and red rose but I think it turned out to be darker than it should. I shouldn't have put black on my roses but too late. For watercolor, once you stroke your brush, you can't change dark colors to lighter ones. However, I don't want to throw it out so I did my best to finish this painting. I think it turned out ok. LOL! XD

PAPER : Strathmore 300 series (11 x 15 in)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Aquarelle - "Miniature Blue Rose"

This is my first miniature painting. This rose was supposed to be red but I can't find the red that I like from my cakes so I used blue instead. For my background, since I don't have purple in my winsor and newton tiny cakes, I mixed Ultramarine blue and Aliz Crimson. XD

PAPER : Strahtmore's Visual Journal 
(3.5 x 5 inches)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Esquisse - "Baby Girl"

I find my wallpaper cute so I tried to draw this baby girl. I'm not good in drawing portraits though but still gave it a shot anyways. I still don't get the proportions for the face.  Maybe I'll improve if I'll keep drawing portraits. XD

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Aquarelle - "Cherry Blossoms"

Jan 4, 2012
PAPER : Strathmore 300 Series (11 x 15 in)

I find the colors a bit dull. However, my reference has lighter colors than this. I guess I got used to vibrant colors from my previous paintings. But my mom told me that watercolor was supposed to have a translucent effect such as this.

Aquarelle - "The Cross - Above All"

January 2-3, 2012

This is the first time that I tried painting my own composition. I didn't have much reference except for my draft. I wanted to study painting with lights and shadows. Honestly, I still don't get it that much. I didn't achieve what I wanted to paint either. I'll just try to do better next time. 

Also, this is my first painting in a 400 series strathmore paper. For me, the texture of the 400 is better than the 300. However, when it comes to retouching the colors, it's easier to remove the watercolor paint in 300. 

PAPER : Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper 400 series 

THE CROSS - Above All

I am a believer of Christ and I wanted to start making my own compositions with this cross. 

I have my roses at the foot of the cross - since roses are one of my favorite subjects. They also remind of the lyrics of the song, Above all.. 

"Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall
and thought of me
Above all".

The purple cloth reminds me that Christ didn't stay at the cross. He may have died but He rose and lived again. His power rest not only on His death but also in His resurrection. And it's purple coz for some reasons, this color reminds me of Jesus Christ.

The G-clef and the musical notes are expressions of my nature as a worshiper. I love singing for Christ.

Lasly, the ROCKS simply signify my firm foundation who is Christ, Himself.

Winsor and Newton (Cakes)

I went to Pearl Paint with my mom last Friday (Dec 30, 2011) and I bought this Winsor and Newton Watercolor Cakes, as recommended by the guy from Pearl Paint. I think the quality is good - since it's Winsor and Newton - but I prefer the watercolor in tubes. Though it's easier for me to see the colors in these cakes, the watercolor tubes are a lot easier to mix. I'm more used to its shades as well.

January 1, 2012

However, I still tried to paint using these cakes in my tiny visual journal. I wanted to try painting a landscape but, I failed. LOL. I think I'm not really good in landscapes. XD
I also painted this flower just for FUN! :)