My Mom asked me for a painting for Mother’s Day. She asked for a snow scene but it is Spring time and I just can’t do it. So I decided to give negative painting another try. I drew three apples and a few branches being careful to make sure that I left plenty of empty space between them. I first wash the background with three colors: Raw Sienna, Pthalo Blue, and Permament Sap Green. I kept using these three colors for each layer of color I added to the picture. Between each layer of color, I drew in more leaves and branches and painted around them. In this way the background color becomes the color of the leaves and branches of that layer. This has a nice effect.
My birthday landed on a Saturday this year. I am now 46. I took the whole day off and practiced my latest hobby!
This is an example of negative painting. I’m not really happy with how this turned out. I really like the bottom right flower but the top right doesn’t look very good.and the bottom left didn’t turn out the way I hoped. I think that this picture would be improved by making the background colors more homogenous. Too many variations become a distraction.
On my birthday, Tammy gave me the book “The Complete Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook” and I saw a painting like the one above so I tried it. I really like the author’s style. His name is Gordon MacKenzie. I don’t like the sky here. And I wasn’t completely pleased with the sun dapples on the water, but it is a start.
18×12 Pen and Ink and Watercolor
I was inspired to try this painting by Brenda Swensen and her post on Zeta paper. So I grabbed some of my wife’s Pfaltzgraff dishes (Napoli style) and set them up on the corner of my desk. I have six can lights in my Library that doubles as an art studio, so there were a lot of highlights on the dishes. I tried to get most of them by painting around the brightest leaving just white paper and lifting color out with a wet brush and a dry paper towel.
This was a lot of fun. This was the first time that I painted something sitting in front of me. That made a big difference. Usually, I paint with my imagination, that is, imagining what the object looks like and painting it that way. This time I kept the subject in front of me and what a difference that made!