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I May Have Learned a Thing or Two

9 Jun

Pouring paint – Lessons Learnedand there are quite a few.   Or what no to do when pouring paintings!

  1. Fine lines are really tough to accomplish with masking fluid – think about avoiding hair (just kidding)
  2. You need patience and a lot of it in order to apply fine lines of masque
  3. Removing a lot of masking compound can give you serious blisters on your fingertips when you use them to rub off the stuff  (bad idea)
  4. Maybe doing a poured painting (or two) of a goat was not such a good idea
  5. Staining pigments should be applied last as subsequent colors do not “stick” or cover as well
  6. Some of my favorites such as the beautiful quin burnt ochers and oranges fall into the category above
  7. And oh, you can ruin a poured painting with a pour when the pigment is too intense or very dark

Pop Of Color

So why do them?

Poured painting are plain outright FUN!

I love to see how the poured paintings develop.  The burst of new colors are exciting – seeing where the puddles form and the trailing rivers of pigment may flow. This process provided the painter with a little thrill there as there is a certain element of risk and loss of control.  And the finished effect is very interesting, very rich in color and very satisfying.  It is not everyday that you can write a sentence with three “very’s” in it.

WIP – Poured Painting – So Glad, I think!

12 May

I am at it again!  I love the freedom of pouring paint.

I have to admit the masking fluid is not acting the way I like to see it.  It is a new bottle and is, well applying  pilley like an old wool sweater.  And the color of this stuff has me a bit freaked out.  I am quite motivated to complete the pours and cleaning up in only a few days.  Afraid it will stick forever.  And, eeeee, I leave for Vancouver on Thursday!  Hopefully to meet my new grandson!   Hopefully he at least arrives when I am there – fingers crossed!

Helen Shideler - WIP Poured Painting

This stage represents three pours and a few masking sessions.

Colors are below

Helen Shideler - paint colorsW&N New Gamboge, Green Gold and DS Organic Vermillion

WIP – Begonias on Parade Finally Finished!

5 May

This painting may have seemed to drag on forever – really completed a few weeks ago, however, our computer was in for repairs and just today we are getting things back up.  And OMG what adventure this has been.  Apple has a Voice Over function – it says everything you do, including ever number or letter you type or button you push.  Drove me crazy until, with the help of my friend Google, I was able to figure out how to shut it off.  I was beginning to think I would never be able to use this computer again!

That aside, here is the finished painting.  There is a spider hanging out, see if you can find it!

Begonias On Parade by Helen Shideler

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?

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

 

 

 

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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

Mallard Trio

30 Jan

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These birds are the most abundant and widely distributed waterfowl species in North America. Although common, I think they are uncommonly handsome – don’t you.  Take the drake for instance, who would deny the iridescence of his head to be less than magnificent? With his striking white-collar and white pin tail tips.  Dapper Dabbler Ducks!

And then there is the uncelebrated mallard hen by comparison.  Various shades of brown leaning towards warm orange, yellowish orange bill upturned in a perpetual smile.  I have actually painted many more hens than drakes over the years.  Just because.

Back to this composition… when all the duck photos I took did not line up quite the way I envisioned for the Ducks in a Row idea, I decided that this would be better as three separate companion paintings.  Still love the title Ducks in a Row  – but it does not really work anymore.  Mallard Trio is as good as I got.  I love the attitude of ducks.  They are confident and almost always look as if they have a secret they are not sharing.  The perpetual upturn at the edge of their bill and the well, their cheeky cheeks!  Of course, I personify them.  They make it so easy to do.

And if you have a better name – I am open…..

 

Sitting Duck

14 Jan

Awhile back, I started another watercolor painting that I was laying out and referring to as Ducks in a Row, working from various source photos.  As I laid out the painting one duck at a time, I began to realize that some of my favorite photos of specific ducks would not fit well into the group composition.  Such was the case of my Sitting Duck.  If I layered her in,  you would miss her backside and the neat perspective.  So I decided she would have to be a stand, er sit alone painting.

Sitting DuckThis particular painting took forever and was pure joy to work on and see it develop.  Ducks make me happy.  Their round cheeks and happy, almost smiling bill make me smile.  To draw and paint them is absolute fun!       On to the next one Dapper Dabbler and back to Ducks in a Row (which may be renamed soon)!

This photo shows the painting darker than she really is.

 

 

Brushed Off?

3 Jan

There are so many things I love about getting new painting supplies.  For example, I love the relationship I have with my brushes.  When I am selecting a new brush, I “paint” my cheek with it before I make a purchasing decision.  Then I showcase any new brush in a special container on my  painting table.  When I finally reach for it, it is almost a ceremony – definitely a ritual.

Most recently, I’ve  had a whole new brush experience!  This year my daughters were shopping on-line for Christmas and had the gifts shipped to the house.  Hmmmm.  Not too shabby.  And quite easy!

Then one evening when I was catching up on reading  blogs that I follow, one artist was talking about a special acrylic pallet she always uses in the field.  Well, I never heard of this type of pallet before and so with help of  my trusty fiend Google – I found it.  On Amazon! And well, they had note at the bottom of the screen that said people who purchased this also purchased these….brushes.  A perfect set of five Kolinsly sable watercolor brushes in a storage case and at an irresistible price.  And they also had a set of teeny tiny detail brushes!  Well how in the world could I not purchase both sets of brushes?

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And so I ordered them on-line.  Without even the opportunity to rub them against the back of my hand or my cheek. What was I thinking?  Oh yes, I was swayed by the incredible deal.  And oh the money I’d save!

I ordered them proudly and then impatiently tracked their shipping.  Only to see they got misplaced somewhere along the journey.  My patience was waning with each day they were delayed, I started thinking that it is only a deal if you actually get the foolish brushes and the charge was already showing on my credit card.

Finally they showed up after Christmas (phew) and I am the proud owner of some lovely new brushes.  The teeny tiny detail brushes came in just in time for me to play with the ducky paintings (already gave up on that idea).  And the watercolor brushes, well will become part of my ever faithful collection.  Did I mention I love them – thank goodness!

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