Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Fishing again - two ACEO size tropical fish watercolors

From time to time I go back to these cute little fishes and paint a couple of them. These are quite funny with their stripes!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Another take on the three pears

Exploring another limited palette to achieve high color contrast, in this little watercolor (card size) I used some colors which are not on my usual palette: Sennelier Pthalo Turquoise, Camel Permanent Yellow Deep, and Rembrandt Transparent Red Oxide. I like the result very much, and I came to the conclusion that I love the Pthalo Turquoise. I am going to test the Permanent Yellow Deep other manufacturers (probably Sennelier and W&N) to add it to my extended palette (I got a new box which holds up to 48 half-pans - many colors to add). I am not so sure that I like or need the Transparent Red Oxide - maybe I just didn't exploit it at full potential. It is a nice earth red, but when it dries it is a bit dull, and without mixing it with the yellow I wouldn't like it for this still life. It might be a good choice for landscape paintings.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Poinsettia flower

I did this little painting back in December 2016, but I didn't had the chance to post it. It is only 7x5 inches, and it is painted on Arches 140lb Hot Pressed watercolor paper with my usual palette (a mixture of pigments from W&N, Daniel Smith, American Journey).

Monday, 10 April 2017

Tree exercises

Not having much time to paint lately, so only playing with the colors for fun.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Some more depth studies

Trying different things to get the feeling of depth and sunshine in landscapes.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Atmospheric depth with a few layers of watercolor washes

During one of the workshop sessions at the Community Center I was showing to the attendants how to achieve atmospheric depth with a few layers of watercolor washes. Due to the time needed to let each layer dry, we only worked with a limited number of washes (5 to 8), and eventually pushing the strength of the last ones. But at least the first 3 layers were done by glazing one layers after the other of the exact same week mixture of paint and water. Although it takes time, I think it is worth practicing glazes.

Monday, 3 April 2017

TAE17 - my Red Pears found a new home

I am so glad that my Red Pears little painting found a new home, as artist  got it at the opening evening of the TAE17 exhibit! It seems that TAE is growing every year, with more and more artists sending cards, and more money being raised each year. This year, more than 1000 cards were sent, and only at the opening night more than 10.000 US$ were collected from the sales! If you are in London, visit the exhibit, as there are so many beautiful cards left! It is also wonderful that this year, when the actual exhibit will end, the online selling of the left cards will start!
Congratulations to the organizers, wonderful job!!!

Monday, 20 March 2017

TAE 2017 - my Red Pears watercolor

I am happy I did manage this year too to send a card for the Twitter Art Exhibit 2017, which this year take place in London and will support the UK charity - Molly Olly’s Wishes. 
The organizers received the card and posted on twitter and FB:

If you are in London at the beginning of April, don't miss it, and especially the opening on 1 April 2017 in Stratford upon Avon!!!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Forest study - foliage with sea sponge

This forest study is a bit larger (14x10 inches) than my usual small studies, and it is mainly practice of foliage texture with a sea sponge.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Imaginary seascapes - monochrome studies

These were done while demoing the monochrome power (value studies) at the workshop I do at the Community Center for seniors (beginners). It is something they like very much, because there are no strict rules to follows, just play with water (mostly) on the paper, and then just add a bit more of the same color here and there, and some picture will appear with out much effort. A few more details on the dry paper, and here we are:

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Summer mood - ACEO seascape studies

With all this hot weather and our visits at various seaside locations, I had to paint some seascapes: waves, sand beaches, and some tropical palm trees. Although imaginary, they are kind of ideal places for my vacation!
Here are the three little ACEOs (3.5x2.5 inches):

Two still life studies

These are also done without any pencil drawing, just studying some still life.  The first is a big pot we have at the village house, and usually has a little olive tree planted. When it gets too big, we move it in the garden and plant a new little one - we just had it ready for the new one. In the second there are some fresh strawberries I got from the market. Both sketches are 5x7 inches in size.

Catching up - a few outdoor little sketches

These are some little sketches (5x7 inches), which I did outdoor with free brush (no preliminary pencil drawing) just as exercises. Although they don't have any real value as paintings, every time I do one I learn a bit of "do and don't", and I think this is what they count for.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Another floral watercolor - Cone Flowers

In "spring mood" I did one more floral watercolor, with my PV19 pigments. They give beautiful pink colors which are really lightfast (I tested them myself) or purples when combined with a bit of blue. The painting is 10x7 inches in size, and it is done on Fabriano Artistico 90 lb CP paper.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

More spring inspired: Pink Water Lily

Previous week at the watercolor workshop I teach at Community Center of Patras city I handled to the ladies quite a few reference photos of various pink and purple flowers: roses, anemones, cone flowers, fuchsia, water lily, orchids, and many more. Although the main scope was to test some new PV19 pigment-based watercolor paints,  they were so happy to work with these, after a couple of weeks working on perspective issues!!! And I was happy too, so after the workshop at home I started to work a few of the photos (by the way, most of them were from the WetCanvas reference image library, which is copyright free for all artists).
Here is the first of them, a Pink Water Lily, done with my usual palette on Fabriano Artistico 90 lb CP paper (size 10x7 inches)