I love fall and I am so excited its finally starting here in California. To celebrate, I decided my on-a-whim painting should have a more fall-based palette. I saw this photo floating around Pinterest and was inspired by the entire wedding. So here’s my loose interpretation of her fall flower bouquet.
Colors used go across the top and the mixes from those for the palette are under the text.
If anyone should have custom paintings of their cats, it’s my roommates. The two affectionately refer to their cats as their kids and miss them during two day trips. The above is of our girl Cassie, more commonly known as Puddy. I did a quick sketch of her one afternoon as she was posing by me. This sketch snowballed into two watercolor pet portraits.
This little guy was harder to sketch, too fidgety. Though I did most of the pieces looking at the cats live, I took photos as well. Here are the references of Puddy and Ollie,
Puddy responded well to her sketch, as you see below.
I guess my roommates liked them because they framed them up and hung them right over their bed.
My brother’s girlfriend, who lives in South Korea, gave me a variety of handmade papers and a bamboo brush last Christmas. I finally had the time and opportunity to test out this quality brush. Since I had also been wanting to try out some Chinese painting looks from a book my grandmother loaned me, I decided to pair up the two experiments. The brush held so much water and distributed colors in a loose, beautiful way. I love the vibrant result given by layering the colors on the brush itself before making strokes as recommended by the book. I based the style of the flowers and leaves on some background flowers in the book’s various walkthroughs. Each stroke was so satisfying, I can’t wait to make more paintings like this.
For my first official painting project in quite some time, I chose my usual subject: an architectural photo from my Europe trip. I went for an almost diorama look by layering an old photo mat, my painting of the stone wall, and the painting of the door. This dimensional idea came to me after I messed up the original door and, in my irritated state, cut it out of the wall. The yellow wall came after layer upon layer, mostly wet washes, to create a mottled effect. The original photo is below and I believe was taken in Dijon, France.
For Christmas, my best friend requested some sort of European watercolor scene like the Paris one I did a while back. It took my until mid-January but I’m glad I took the time to plan it out right. It’s much more colorful and the edges blurring out farther than I intended but overall, I’m happy with my second official composition.
As usual, my painting is based on a photo I took during my semester abroad. The original photo is just below. The friend I was visiting when I took the photo believes the scene is from Beaune, not his hometown next door, Dijon. However, since neither of us are sure, I labeled the image Burgundy, since both towns fall within it haha. I shrunk the focus on my painting and swapped the building colors along with other modifications.
To save time and frustration, I did trace some perspective lines that I struggle with (roof angles) and was worried the look would be too artificial in the end. I think for the most part, the added sketching details and paint relaxed the look, but I definitely want to work with purely my own lines as much as I can in the future.
Techniques I was trying to incorporate in this work include line and wash, urban sketching, under painting, and layering colors. I also relied heavily on my brand new paints from my Grandmother for Christmas: Windsor and Newton watercolors. The colors were beautiful with more dimension (is that the word I am looking for?) to them than any I’ve worked with so far.