Painting Ducklings is Fun, Easy & Colorful

•September 1, 2015 • 5 Comments

I have been enjoying painting animals and I recently painted these adorable ducklings. They are sweet and I really like the way this small painting came out.

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A Ducklings

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I thought I’d do this painting again as a birthday gift for my 5-year-old Grand Niece Brianna. I wanted it to be a personal gift that she would know I painted just for her so I decided to paint the ducklings in her favorite color, aquamarine. After sketching the scene I negative painted around the subjects creating the dark blue background. While working around the heads I defined the short downy feathers so they would look textured. Easy to do using the point of my round brush placing it toward the head & pulling away created the spiked edges.

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Aqua Ducklings 1

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Painting the bodies was fun because I could choose beautiful aqua blues.

Correct color doesn’t matter as long as the value is right.

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Aqua Ducklings 2

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Adding eyes, feet & the beaks, still using blues, complete the birds.

Next I grounded them by painting a surface for them to stand on.

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Aqua Ducklings 3

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The cool colors led me to thinking this looked like a winter scene therefore I added falling snow.

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Aqua Ducklings 4

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She was so excited to rip off the wrapping paper and see her gift.

She couldn’t wait to get home and hang her new painting in her room.

Aqua Ducklings Bri

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Happy Birthday Brianna

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Water View in Watercolor with Negative Painting

•August 26, 2015 • 6 Comments

Learning the many ways to use negative painting will help you as you create your paintings. In this water view painting I know that the posts will be painted darker than the sky & water, therefore I do not have to carefully work around them as I paint in the sea & sky. I do not mask out the post shapes. As I add the ground and plants I negative paint around the posts. It is simple to do and allows me to save the light area where I will add the colors of the posts later when the rest of the painting is completely dry.

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Mastic Beach 8-23-15

 I was not looking for realistic colors for this painting. I wanted it to be full of bright colors that would stand out but not necessarily be accurate. Each post is painted using  purple & gold paints. This is a design decision I made, you may use any colors you like. The beach grasses and foreground are painted in last and my color choices were pink, purple & blue.

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Mastic Beach 8-23-15a

This colorful water view was painted plein air, not in my studio. The beauty of sitting outside on a sunny day with a warm salty breeze blowing beats the confines of the studio any day. Sometimes I need to get away from my work in the studio and plant myself out in nature and let the paints work their magic. A little change of scenery does the creative soul good.

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Negative Painting is Child’s Play

•May 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I have a passion for negative painting and I spent the day sharing my excitement of painting with my 4-year-old niece, Brianna. She works feverishly on any project I give her and listens to each step as I led her through the process. I drew the outline of a flower and she did the rest.

Using 2 colors she added a wash by working wet in wet. She has no problem dripping or splattering the paint on the watercolor paper.

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She allows the pigment to run as she turns the paper around and up & down.

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She carefully paints outside the lines. That’s how simple negative painting can be.

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I challenged her by showing her that as she changes colors between the petals she must carry a little of the previous color into the next color. She understood this concept and was very proud of herself as she applied this technique to the entire painting.

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She was a happy little girl as she painted. I am very careful not to say ‘No’ or ‘YOU CAN’T DO THAT.’ I want her to have complete freedom to express herself and have no boundaries placed upon her as she creates her art.

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This is her finished painting. I love the many choices she made like her use of colors. She even understood the concept of layering the leaf shape so it is placed behind the petals. Her signature show that she truly is a 4-year-old child. Her painting is framed and hanging in my home, not just because she painted it, but because I adore her sweet little watercolor painting.

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Through Negative Painting Flowers Appear

•March 24, 2015 • 8 Comments

All runners loosen up by stretching their muscles before starting to run. As an artist I use colorful washes to get my creative juices flowing, that’s how I warm up in the studio before I get down to the business of painting. Doing a few quick washes, keeping them very wet and allowing the colors to run & flow I do these daily. When dry I can decide to use them as backgrounds for paintings or as practice paper to work out new ideas or subjects for future paintings.

This painting was done on one of these washes.

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FLOWERS 1
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I love negative painting. I have started to pull out flower shapes by darkening the area around the individual petals.

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FLOWERS 2

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What makes it most interesting is to constantly change the colors, edges & shapes.

As the flowers take shape I begin to detail the singular flowers.

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FLOWERS 3

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This painting has an element of mystery that I find exciting. Lost & found edges are dispersed through out the image which add interest. The viewer has to fill in the blanks by using their imagination, that makes them participate in my art.

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Watercolor Washes = a Snowy Sunrise in 4 Steps

•March 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

 I mostly paint in my studio but on a snowy day I enjoy painting in the comfort of my home. This sunrise was done in about 1 hour and because of a simple yet colorful wash it makes a strong statement.

I sketched out a horizon line & the shape of a stream of water. Using a wet in wet technique I applied 3 colors, pink, yellow & orange and allowed them to mix on the paper.

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While the paper was still slightly damp I added the distant tree line so it appears diffused. Don’t make it too dark or too solid. Allow the light to come through.

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 Several trees were added along the river bank. It’s a snow scene therefore the trees need to be baron of leaves.

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 The final step is to add the shadows. I feel that shadows ground the trees and describe the shape of the land.

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 Four easy steps and the results are beautiful. This simple painting would be great to do in the colors of all 4 seasons. Keep it simple, keep it colorful and keep it fun.

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Watercolor Wash = Water View Painting in 3 steps

•February 24, 2015 • 5 Comments

Practice makes perfect or so they say. Well that’s true when it comes to painting with watercolors. Practicing a colorful wash using watercolor can be very challenging therefore I practice constantly. I try different color combinations and some work while others fail miserably.  But because of the importance of doing a wash I never feel any attempt is futile I just look at it as a warm up exercise, something to get the creative juices flowing.  __________________________________________________________

Snow Day 2aUsing a combination of yellow, rose & blue I do a variegated wash allowing the colors to mingle on the paper. I choose which color will be dominant and that will set the mood for the painting. I let the painting dry naturally so the granulation in the paint pigment has time to float & settle down in the tooth of the paper. I love the effect that is achieved when it’s completely dry.

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Snow Day 2bNext I add a sliver of land. The water view, from my home on Long Island NY, overlooks Fire Island so that’s the line of land I add to my paintings. I make sure that it never appears too dark because I don’t want it to be the focus point of my painting.

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Snow Day 2cThe last step is adding the grasses that grow along the shore. These grasses are constantly changing depending on the wind, time of day and time of year. I enjoy painting them with my rigger brush. I use at least 3 different colors and as I’m working I occasionally drag a clean wet brush across them so they do not look too overdone or perfect.

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This painting is about 4″ x 11″ and I spent no more than 1 hour to paint it including drying time. Remember this is a warm up painting and I try not to fuss too much, it is all about using colors I like and letting them do the work for me. Watercolor washes bring me great satisfaction because the results cannot always be predicted. But whatever the results are I know I will learn something to make my next wash even more exciting than the previous one.

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Colorful Washes make a Simple Flower

•February 15, 2015 • 1 Comment

Almost every time I start a watercolor painting it begins with a colorful wash. A watercolor wash is a transparent layer of color or colors. It can be soft & subdued or loud & vibrant. When completely dry you can add another wash over the first to change the color or add a color veil to the original color. As you add additional layers of color each previous color is visible. This creates a beautiful glow of colors.

I started this flower painting with a colorful wash using pink, orange & yellow.  While slightly wet I added a little salt to add texture.

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ALONE 1

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When completely dry I penciled in a sketch of a single flower. I used the small white spot on the paper as the edge of my flower to add contrast and make that my focal point.

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I added a second wash by negative painting around the flower with a slightly darker color using blue, pink & green. This allowed the flower shape to appear.

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Next I separated the petals with a small amount of shadowing. A little bit of details to add texture on the head and the painting is complete. Looking at the finished results I’m glad I used the white spot on the paper as my focal point. That’s where my darkest dark meets my lightest light.

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If I asked a dozen artists to paint this single flower each artist would add their own style and come up with a painting completely different from each another. I choose my colors by how I feel or by what color is calling out to me at the moment. This flower makes me feel cheerful, it’s a great project to do on a cold dreary winter day.

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