|#37 Peach at the Beach with Two Shells 14x20 Watercolor|
©2011 Dora Sislian Themelis
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|Hidden Lion, watercolor 8 x 10 inches|
Saturday, October 22, 2011
|Surprise Waterfall, watercolor 6 x 9 inches|
Friday, October 21, 2011
|#36 Afternoon Sunflowers 14x20 Watercolor ©2011 Dora Sislian Themelis|
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
As we were driving to Massachusetts, I picked up some water soluable wax based crayons and attempted to capture the areas of rock that were on the side of the highway and a portrait using water soluble oil pastels
which were not as densly pigmented and spotty when washed with water. What a breeze to clean up!
Posted by liz Cutler at 11:52 PM
weather shifts. I am noticing the clouds and working on reflections and adding more medium to the paint so it is harder to photograph but nicer to work with. I am much faster now as it sure is cold sitting on the rocks! Both of these were 5:00 ish on Toddy Pond...as the sun was sinking.
Posted by liz Cutler at 11:46 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
This is a view of St. Peters in Italy. You might be thinking that I visited Italy over the summer... well not quite. I took another imaginary adventure with Laure Ferlita, and loved journeying through Italy from my dining room table.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
|In Vitro, watercolor 8 x 10 inches|
|Ex Vitro, watercolor 8 x 10 inches|
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
...this painting started as a mild-mannered watercolor. It was minding its own business and was behaving itself too, but it was a little boring, so I took pen & ink to it (outlining and stippling)...and then rubbed charcoal over it! As if that wasn't enough, I then scanned the painting and ran the file through a quick PhotoShop filter to come up with this "tough bird." It was the first time I ever ran a painting through a filter, and I kind of like it. (Since then I've used filters on photos and a set of collaged paintings to create some neat looks. I didn't count them as part of the 100 paintings challenge because they contained some collaged photographs.)
...again, I started with a normal watercolor, but this time while the paint was wet, I sprinkled in salt to create the mottled background...then outlined and stippled with ink...added a course rub with charcoal...and topped it off by running it through a PhotoShop filter. (If you want to try putting charcoal over a painting, use a rough watercolor paper that has a lot of tooth and go lightly.)
...an oil pastel over a quick watercolor painting (this is my favorite--I always love grungy oil pastels with lots of pigment). No practice sketch with this one.
...the first in the series. It started as a 2-minute watercolor, then I just scribbled over the top of it with colored pencil. I was just using this practice painting to figure out the colors of the bird and the patterns in the wings.
Last year at this time I was only on painting 42, so I'm doing much better pacing myself this time around!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
#69 Once the sun came out the golf course was brilliant.
This is the garden outside our room, the tree needs work.
Posted by liz Cutler at 10:21 PM
We went to the Samoset in Rockland ME for a conference. The Farnsworth Museum was amazing. All those Wyeth paintings makes me want to try egg tempra. I was painting sitting by the breakwater painting clouds when all of a sudden a storm hit, the specks are sand from the faceplant my painting did.
|#35 Two Sunflowers 9c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis|
14x20 Watercolor on Lanaquarelle paper
Friday, October 7, 2011
|Bio with Cheesecake, watercolor 12 x 16 inches|
|Billy's Rainbow, watercolor 6 x 9 inches|
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Violightning (that is, "violet" and "lightning") was a fun imaginary scene done in colors I rarely use -- which was the motivation. It's mostly burnt sienna and violet, which made all kinds of textures and colors that I didn't expect when added separately or pre-mixed onto damp paper.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
This challenge is a special one for me as I want to finally be able to paint portraits and figures in watercolour. So I will not be sticking to the same medium, but rather sharing the process of my learning. I copied this picture from a book of sketches, to see if I could draw a face. This is the result