Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Will the Real Painting 21 Please Stand Up (and Painting 22)

After I posted on Monday night, my artistic conscience just couldn't let me keep the color charts as a part of the 100 Paintings Challenge. Plus I really wanted to play with those new paints and brushes more! So I stayed up and did this quick watercolor sketch of a couple of onions I had hanging around. Loved the onions themselves, not so crazy about the shadows - gotta work on that.
All day at work yesterday I was so anxious to get home and paint more. Yoda would not have been pleased with my lack of attention to the tasks at hand. The clock went soooo slooooowly. Finally I was released and I hurried home to my paints. Kelly's post about the hummingbird at Red and the Peanut inspired me to try a subject I've been meaning to paint for a while now. I know there's a trick to painting iridescent colors, but...

Don't let the cute little pose he's got fool you - these critters are ill-tempered!
That's what too much sugar will do to you.

7 comments:

Alan said...

Hi Gabrielle,

Enjoyed viewing your artwork! I espically like the hummingbird - great job!!

Laure Ferlita said...

All right. Enough already. What paints did you get and what brushed did you get? I can't believe I actually had to ask! ;•)

Great job on the onions and the hummer! Try more variation in the values in the areas that need to be iridescent and I think you'll be happier. A have a macaroon instead!

Laure Ferlita said...

Brushes. What brushes did you get. Not brushed.

Gabrielle said...

Hee-hee, sorry Laure. Both the paints and the brushes (#6 and #8 round. A little bird recommended those sizes to me...) are from Utrecht. I read an artist's review of all the major brands of watercolors and Utrecht was right up there with Daniel Smith and W&N as far as quality, light-fastness and colors being as advertised. It also helped that Utrecht was having a major on-line sale, so I figured if I didn't end up liking the paints or brushes, at least I hadn't spend a fortune on them. Luckily, I really like both.

Maree said...

Lovely little Hummingbird! And what's the trick to painting iridescent colours?

Regards

Krista Meister said...

Oh my, LOVE the feathering on the bird!

Eve said...

I love this work Gabrielle!