Wednesday, May 13, 2009

10-minute water color sketch and fiddling on PSCS3

I did this little sketch on a little water color pad in ten minutes while listening to PB have his piano lesson and then later scanned and played with it on Photoshop.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

3 quick water color sketches

I made four quick sketches during dessert tonight (because dessert was ice cream and I'm allergic to it.) I gave three of the four to ML, my mother-in-law, as part of her mother's day gift. (We also gave her a digital picture frame loaded with about 70 photos of family--spent
quite a bit of time preparing them) and a carnation and BB made her a delicious home-cooked a meal.

Don't worry--I ASKED her if she'd like them--I didn't force them on her--and she said she would--she has several other of my paintings already. (And I made her a card, and PB played the piano--gave her a lovely private recital and went home with her to fix the programming
on the VCR and remote for her. Anyway, the fourth painting went home with her without being scanned, as it was the last one. (I did take a quick photo of it--which I haven't downloaded.) (The missing picture was the third in the series of tulips and I painted BB last of all, but did not give that one to her, as it didn't turn out well.)

I hate to keep complaining about the scanner, but the colors and contrast in these reproductions aren't true to the originals (and the pictures were a little too big to fit all the way on.)

The first one of the tulips is called "Sun and Shadow." The second tulip is untitled. The third tulip is the one that's missing.

The one of BB isn't very good. Not as good as the last one I did of him. He looks overly sad and tired here. The skin tones on this aren't as pleasing either. I was using a different palette. It was done from life and unlike the last one I did, he was moving around constantly because he was entertaining.

I wanted to explain WHY I want to be able to make consistent likenesses. I took up trying to learn to do art because I wanted to illustrate children's books--not children's books in general, but my OWN books, that I write. But I am despairing of ever being good enough. Meanwhile, after taking two art classes, I would like to learn art for its OWN sake--but--I still would like to illustrate my books--I'll probably die of old age before I ever get good enough to, though. It doesn't seem to be my forte. I cannot capture likenesses well or consistently, but I keep trying.

I did all four of the paintings at the dinner table during dessert and coffee (I can't have coffee either.) So they truly were quick sketches. They are water color and a little gouache--not much gouache--on Canson 140 pound cold press water color paper, 8.5 x 12. No pencil sketches were made for any of these. I do better, I think when I sketch first, but I am trying to learn to ALSO paint without sketching.

See the third one here (the missing one, which I photographed but did not scan).

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ace of Clubs

The Ace of Clubs, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, digital composit. I may
revisit this, I don't think it's done yet.

Quick WC Sketch of BB

Quick WC Sketch of BB, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I did this during PB's
piano lesson tonight. I just painted it quickly from life with a tiny
water color set I carry in my pocket. No pencil sketch or anything.
It may not be done--I know what Charlie, my teacher, would say, the
shadows aren;t dark enough. BB is a good model--he holds still for me
when he knows I'm painting him, and he's always handy. My goals are
1)to be able to paint likenesses and 2)to be able to do it
consistently. Or at least reasonably consistently.