Friday, February 17, 2017

More Mt. Hood Paintings

We never made it to the portrait project, so that is still coming up for next week. Here are some of the results of our work on Thursday completing our landscape paintings of Mt. Hood as well as a cool, moody seascape by Sharon.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Misty Mt. Hood Landscapes

We put it all together...flat washes, mist, trees, wet-into-wet and the results were really great. Here are some highlights from AM and PM...



When we meet on the 16th, we will complete work on current projects and begin projects going in a new direction. We will turn inward and contemplate faces...our own faces. We'll come up with silhouettes and/or conceptual line drawings and add symbols and washes of color to create interesting self-portraits. If you'd rather work on the face of someone you love, that's OK too. The thing about doing yourself is, you know yourself best...and you'll have all kinds of material to draw from just thinking about what you love, your favorite memories and things that will all go into your work. Every artists paints him or herself along the way... Now is your turn if you haven't done it already...and with a modern edge. I showed some samples of face art a couple of weeks ago for inspiration. Some of that is below along with some initial sketching on the computer using myself as a subject. Photoshop is a great place to begin to alter photos from your phone to begin the process. Get started and bring your drafts to class.
My prep work includes this... this is just a beginning. The sketches are the jumping off point for abstraction and symbolism as you'll see when you look at the inspirations below.
And here are those inspiration pieces I mentioned. You can see how some of these ideas lend themselves to pen and ink combined with watercolor of. Click on any of these to print at home. 


Where does your imagination take you????
If the pen and ink drawing seems daunting, you can go more in the direction of pure watercolor....


Friday, February 3, 2017

Class Notes for AM & PM at KAA

You did great with your flat washes in the "Cat in the Window" project. Thank you to Mr. Garcia for his wonderful inspiration painting. Next week after we complete this project, we will begin to put some of what we've learned together in a new Mt. Hood Landscape project which will incorporate flat washes, mist, and tall trees. Below you will find two inspiration photos we will use and try to translate into realistic interpretations of what we see.  If this is not your cup of tea, you can of course go in a different direction.

The Mt. Hood scenes that follow are similar, one with mist and one without. We'll work on painting trees some more for those of you who misted those demos in January.

 There's room in the PM class for any of you who want to bring a friend. Have a good week all!