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while in Vancouver- two WIPs

24 May

While visiting my new grandson in this amazing city, I am still working away.  This year is very busy with art obligations (love them all) as they keep me focus and productive, even when the sun is shining.  This is the mid point of these two poured watercolor paintings.  Stayed tuned for the reveal..  Have you ever tried to post from an iPad – Ridiculously difficult.  You cannot edit!

Helen Shideler poured water color Helen Shideler poured watercolor

Turn About is Fair Play

18 May

Who would have thought it?  

I am making a mess in my daughter’s kitchen.  While she lovingly tends to her newborn baby boy Theo,  in the hospital,  I am in her kitchen pouring a painting!  in this incredibly great for pouring sink!  The permanent sap green gave me a bit of a fright…but with elbow grease, I managed to remove the evidence. 

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WIP – Update 3 – Begonias on Parade

31 Mar

Making some serious progress with a limited amount of time in combination with some travel to Atlanta and lots of other distractions.  However, I can now start to see the finish line!   In the upper right hand corner will be Hercules, a rather large webbing spider that is found, well…everywhere around our house in the summer. When you walk around our decks and gardens, it is wise to carry a stuck out in front of you to  clear the webs in as you go.  Really icky to face plant in a web. Trust me!  Personal experience speaking. Stuff nightmares are made of….

I have made peace with the yellow nickel mineral color for this painting.  Understand, I will never use mineral based watercolor paint again and unless someone can make a compelling case and oh, send them to me for free to try out!  The begonias on the right are just a funny color and this paint works. I tried every other share of yellow in my studio…and this works (humble pie) see definitions 2 & 3.

Begonias on Parade - Helen Shideler

WIP – Begonias On Parade- Update 2

10 Mar

Begonias on Parade

Working along on this painting – I have a few observations on working on Aquabord.  Small areas work great – large washes – oh my – give me the heebeejeebees!  But I love the way the watercolor shines on this surface. My next Aquabord project will be smaller – just saying!

Each of the pots have about four layers of washes – will require a few more.  The trick with this surface is that each wash has to dry completely – I am most happy when I am patient and give it 24 hours for larger areas!  So, the problem is, I am really not that patient- I mean – wait for paint to dry?

 

WIP – Begonias on Parade?

3 Mar

This is a new way to torment myself.  Little flowers ans icky picky detail.  What in the work am I thinking – I can guarantee my next two paintings will be poured paintings! I will need to get the cobwebs out after this one!

Thinking Begonias on Parade but open to other titles.  This is a  22 x 30″ watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord.

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WIP Drama Queen

1 Mar

 

 

 

Finally, Finally Finished!IMG_4266_new

After a rather lengthy hiatus from completing this painting distracted by a few commissions and a ducky diversion  I  finally got back to work on this painting.  I have to admit I have produced a number of large watercolours over the past two years and have been holding on to them.  Not entirely sure why – but I think they would look good in a show all together.

Drama Queen is a painting of Dizzy Lizzie lily. Say that three times.  Phew!  And they belong to the rather regal Oriental lily family.

If you don’t already know and love these beauties, with flowers often larger than your hand,  you may want to introduce formally yourself.  A garden royalty they would appreciate an admiring nod.  Lilies are among my absolute favourite blooms – likely stating the obvious as I paint them so often!

These lilies always live up to their royal statue by providing large and dramatic blooms each summer – if the deer do not get them.

April and May are the perfect months to plant summer blooming bulbs, including Oriental Lilies in the United States and Canada.

WIP Drama Queen – Update 3

12 Feb

Wow, it sure has been awhile since I posted on this painting.  Actually since July 8th!  In fairness (to me) I did have a few commissions this past fall that took my time and attention.  And I am pretty happy to have had the opportunity to do them.  And then there were the ducks!  I painting them just because I could and I loved working on them.  Now back to work!

Drama Queen - Dizzy Lizzie lily

One Duckie Two Duckie Slow Duckie – WIP

9 Dec

And slow I go….     I left in the reference photos so you can get the idea  of where I am going with this.  I love the photos with all the  ducks in a row. It is just the ducks with the most personality were photographed separately. The decision of where to place which duck has taken me quite a time to decide.   I mapped them pout loosely in my sketchbook and then changed my mind again and again.  Just have to wait and  see where the next duck will be.  I do know which duck will be last though – he is walking away from the row – he seems to have an attitude.

And at this point, I have no  real plan for the background.IMG_4127

I am loving the colours of the drake – he was so much fun to paint…so far!  The pallet for his is below IMG_4126

Green With Envy – WIP Complete

21 Oct

I have reached the nearly finished stage of this painting.  I will stare at it and scrutinize it for a few days to see if I feel the need to go back in and color balance or make any adjustments at this time.

The amount of work on this painting reminds me a lot of a previous transparent watercolor piece “Raindrops on Sedum” (below) in terms of complexity.  This painting won Best in Show at the CSPWC S’s For the Love of Art  Associate Show in Halifax in 2006.  Both of these paintings had a false start.  I had them drawn out, started painting them and decided to abandon the first drawing and start over.  Phew, thank  goodness I do not get that urge too often!

Green, Greenish?

17 Oct

Ah…the colour of lush gardens and spring and grass and the lawn after a good rain.  Green conjures up so many images in my mind.  I remember that as a little girl no more than seven years old, I thought emerald-green was the most beautiful colour in the entire world.  My father once drove across town (really far and in the snow) in order to take me to K-Mart to purchase a green ring that I saw there the previous day.  I could not get my mind off the colour of that ring. I was completely delighted with my prize until the very next day when my finger turned green. Not a nice shade of green either,  but a sort of blackish, olive-y green. And I soon learned a new word – eczema!  I also learned the price of  pride is pain as I continued to wear the ring!

I still do love green.  Makes me think about images of spring and freshness.  Wikki describes green as “In the visible spectrum of light it is located between yellow and blue, and it is one of the three additive colors, along with red and blue, which are combined on computer screens and color televisions to make all other colors. Green is the color most commonly associated with nature and the environmental movement, Islam, spring, hope and envy”

 

This WIP is very green.  Many shades of green.  And yet, a suitable title eludes me.  Normally a painting just names itself.  Others I struggle with.  However, the painting is coming along quite nicely.  This is being worked from a series of photographs I took this summer for this commission.  It represents a combination of a few photos, this leaf from this one, that leaf from that one and no insect holes please.  The colors I am using are below.

 

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