Friday, February 8, 2019

C is for Color




On the easel:

Unfinished
Watercolor & Acrylic on Yupo


The owl is unfinished.

Because the Yupo paper is plastic and non-porous,
the paint takes a while to dry.
I still have to go back into it with some detail,
 definitely with some darks,
and then clean it up.

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This is a fun exercise in color / composition that I learned 
from UK artist Shirley Trevena in one of her videos.

Gather up a variety of paint and tools (use what you have).

INKtense water soluble pencils, charcoal pencil, watercolor crayons,
assorted watercolor paints, sandpaper, stamps for adding texture


Randomly splash & scrape bits of color 
around a large sheet of watercolor paper.

 This is a full sheet of Arches
watercolor  / rough, 22 X 30 inches or 56 X 76 cm.
Hot press watercolor paper or cold press 140# also works fine.




There's still lots of white space remaining on the paper for more color blobs.
 You can use the flip side, too.


An adjustable mat will help you isolate areas that you like.

Homemade adjustable mat - just tear or cut two sides
Number the mat by inches or cm to preview specific sizes, if you like


These are some of the color combinations
I plan on using in future paintings.



Without the dirty mat:



To get the fine speckled bits (below),
mist the paper & then rub a colored pencil or chunk of a pastel stick
onto a piece of sandpaper angling down towards the image.
The speckles will remain where you wet the paper.










And that's it for today.

Hope you stay warm and enjoy your weekend!




53 comments:

  1. Thanks for these tips, beautiful work as always!

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  2. The owl is just wonderful. I admit to having lots of trouble with yupo. I love how it can be used, but I am not able to get the effects I see others achieving. Frustrating! Your work is always inspiring!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. I found some great tips on YouTube. I'll write about them soon.

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  3. Fantástico el búho, me ha encantado. Saludos desde España.

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  4. The owl looks so good and the feathers are nice and fluffy looking :)

    Wishing you a good weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Appreciate your lovely comment :)

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  5. I really like that owl painting, Chris. You make it all sound so easy; but I feel that as well as talent, paining like this also requires a certain imagination and skill.

    Thank you for sharing your skills with us. God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Victor. As with anything, it's just practice.
      God bless YOU.

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  6. though unfinished yet your owl painting looks very POWERFUL dear Chirs!

    i am sure it will become more stunning after you finish it

    you are truly blessed with art of drawing :)

    i liked the idea of adjustment mat ,it sounds great help in art work indeed
    more blessings to you my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Baili, for your lovely comments.
      Blessings to YOU :)

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  7. I never saw an owl painted as alive as yours with only some soft colors - and you say "unfinished", yes maybe some darker spots, but I think not necessary!
    Your detailed description of these tool exercises are great, very inspiring! And so much possibilities to use the squares.
    Your yellow pieces fit to my theme "Color Yellow" at AJJ :))
    Wish you a happy weekend, dear Chris! Rike xx

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    1. Thank you, Rike!
      I would really like to join in AJJ sometime soon. I will try to do a journal page though I do not have much luck with them.
      Will keep trying. Thanks :)
      And I hope you are having a happy weekend, my friend!

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    2. I have chosen "Yellow" as my theme because I saw not so much yellow on the blogs before :)
      But now everywhere I see yellow - and that's funny!

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  8. Beautiful works. Suggestive, loose and subtle stains, that's the watercolor, at least that's how I understand it Chris.
    Congratulations.
    Greetings.

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  9. Thanks for these great tips, Chris. I love these little squares. I like the idea of marking off inches on the sample "frame". You've got some fabulous colour combinations here. I love seeing your art materials too,
    And the owl is just wonderful, a beautiful delicate watercolour.

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    1. Thank you very much, Sheila. Someone gave me the tip on the adjustable mat / frame / cropper (whatever it's called) years ago, and I have put it to good use. Hope it helps you, too :)

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  10. Here you can see so many interesting things - the proud bird already looks fantastic!
    I also like the delicate colour games in pastel colours and am curious to see what else will come of them! Best regards - Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike!
      Fingers crossed that the color crops will help someone :)

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  11. These little squares are fabulous, a fanulous way to play and get new inspiration! And I love this already fantastic owl Chris! Have a great weekend my friend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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    1. Thank you, Susi! The little squares are fun and have helped me so far.
      Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend :)
      Hugs back to you. Chris

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  12. Love the owl, there is something so charming about it right now but I'll wait to see how you add bits to finish it. And thanks for reminding me about Shirley Trevena - she's a gem for getting into the act of painting and playing and using lots of things when you're in the rut. Your "play pieces" are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rhonda.
      Yes, Shirley is one of England's national treasures, for sure :) Wouldn't it be great to meet her one day?

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  13. Please read my post. rehanaexperience.blogspot.com

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  14. Love the owl...finished or unfinished, it looks amazing! Hugs & blessings!

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  15. Beautifully painted, Chris. LOVE this little owl.....I think it looks finished..

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    1. Thanks, Hilda. I am happy to have him sit a while :)

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  16. Chris your owl is beautiful. What an inspiring way to get the creative juices working. I have used watercolor pencils shaved before but have never tried pastels...want to give that a try soon. Take care and have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! Hope you're having a great weekend, too!

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  17. your owl has a very magical ghostly look to him :D

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  18. Love it Chris, and so nice that you share your knowledge..

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    1. Thanks, Barbra Joan. What knowledge I can offer :) Might help a newbie...

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  19. Yupo is not my favorite paper either. But what you do with the owl is absolutely beautiful!
    Love your play pieces!

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  20. That owl knows something he does. I think he is still deciding if he is going to share the knowledge. Lovely piece.

    Oooooohhhhhhhh thank you for sharing a picture of those yummy materials. Very pretty (claps hands) I want to play now.... Shirley Trevena is a lovely lady and a very inspiring artist. Your colour combinations are delightfully fresh. I am particularly drawn to the limey green/aqua and will be impatiently waiting to see what you do. Best wishes :o)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa:)
      Shirley Trevena is one of your national treasures, for sure. What a talented lady - so inspirational!!

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  21. What a marvelous owl. You are courageous planning to do more to it. Will be curious to see what happens. I love working on Yupo with watercolor because it challenges me in different ways.
    Shirley Travina - what is there to say but ohhhh, ahhhh...and a big smile of admiration.

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. I'm not getting back to the owl just yet...
      Yes, Shirley - I even love her hair :)

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  22. Such a stunning drawing - I like so much your owl picture- I am big fan of owls in general. Well done- you are so artistic xx

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  23. Hello Chris, your owl looks very nice, soft and lighhtful and not unfinished.
    I like it that way. Let us see what you will do next with it.
    Have a nice and creativ new week.
    Hugs
    Sabine

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  24. Lovely! If you're teaching when I move there I so want to be your student! xo

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  25. Love your owl as it is!! And looking forward to the moment when you’re satisfied with it!

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