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Cobalt Teal Blue: Stages of Art

Cobalt Teal Blue: Stages of Art

 

“We arrive totally new

at the various stages of life and

there we often lack experience

despite the number of our years.”

Francoise de La Rochefoucauld VI  1613  French writer

 

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Stage One  Cobalt Teal Blue Abstract

 

In Stages

I think his quote sums up our experience with painting, art, as well.

 

Every time we think we attain a new level, get to the next stage, we discover ourselves beginners all over again.

 

Beginners don’t realise that this is ‘just what happens.’

Often as Beginners, we believe the journey will be smooth sailing, once we learn the basics.

That the there won’t be much more mystery, or challenges, or setbacks after that.

 

 

Those who have been at it longer, know differently.  Know the drill.

Because, as long as our innate artistic curiosity remains,  there will be challenges.

 

We have been down the path enough times before not to be overly discouraged.

 

We know…. to wait it out.

To work it out.

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Stage Two

 

 

La Rochefoucauld

I chose La Rochefoucauld to quote from today, for two reasons.

The quote content suited the post and image, firstly.

 

Secondly, he isn’t one of the most well known writers people have read about.

But, he has so many quotes, maxims that are valuable gems.

Just as applicable in 2018 as they were in the 1600’s.

 

And Art, is about discoveries.

About curiosity that is never ending.

 

 

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original reference photo

 

The springboard, the origins of the painting came from the photo of water in green blue.

Not really a magnificent specimen on its own.

However, it does not need to be.

 

The reference sources only need to Inspire.

To ignite within the artist a desire to create something more, something going Beyond that initial photo.

 

 

Abstract Art

As an abstract, it need not Be anything.

It doesn’t have to represent a boat, house, flower, lake, ocean, etc.

Its non-representational.

 

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The Pond,  Abstract 

 

If,  a painting was Semi-Abstract then,  we would be able to discern perhaps that an area might be a sky shape.

Another shape, could infer a shrouded figure, or a boat out upon misty waters.  This, is what a Semi Abstract painting is.

 

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Smoke and Fire  – semi abstraction

 

Impressionist, we can detect straight away that something is a flower, a tree, car, cup, etc.

Maybe not, the exact precise street address of the place.

More the mood and feeling of the place or person though.

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Botanical art is very precise.  We will know what type of flower it is, the species, etc.

The measurements, the ratios, will all be correct.

Everything leaves, petals, stamens, roots, etc. will be exact in their detail.

 

 

 

Abstract cobalt teal #9 

Abstract art  – A Definition 

Cobalt Teal Sea Sirens 

 

 

 

 

Watercolors: from an ember

Watercolors: from an ember

Cobalt teal blue works its magic once more, whispering in the skies as the inferno below scorches the land.

 

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Watercolor Inferno, from an ember

 

Inspiration: sparks from just an ember

Its simple really.

Being inspired.

 

If you think about it.

 

 

 

 

Burning Drive

How would I explain this term, “inspiration?”

To be inspired  –  filled with a burning drive to express the message compelling me to do so.

 

 

Using moods, colors, events, strolls, people and ideas to create the image.

Then, Infusing each art movement and action with thoughtfull intent and purpose.

 

Stopping.

Way before you begin to imagine being even close,  to done.

Perhaps, about 20 brushstrokes …. before you think you are finished.

 

Yes, still Half done.

 

 

what…?

Its not going anywhere,  is it?

 

 

 

Let go.   Move on.  Return later.

Resolutions, fixing, finishing…. all can be more successful… done later with a fresh, unfrustrated eye and mind.

 

 

Art Ideas that Inspired:

fluidity

powerful

peace

balance

discipline

awareness

economy of movement

 

 

 

 

Ideas to Share

  • Build … an intensity of connectedness between the subject and myself   (the artist)
  • Create…. a strong,  multilayered bridge of depth  – shallowness, defeats inspiration
  • Study ….. Tony Smibert   watercolors  & acrylic paintings –  swift clarity, certainty of intent
  • Listen ….. Marconi Union  ‘Weightless’    a calm, zen,  musical piece lovely to listen to in the studio sipping some jasmine tea….

 

 

Hints, of blue….. its ‘key’

Hints, of blue….. its ‘key’

Four acrylic mixed media abstracts; all with the power of blue.

Harnessed together with opposing forces of tonal values.

Discover how you can effectively use these intriguing differences: high key and low key.

 

 

 

Light and Shade

Light and shade, or as I term it, Tonal Values.

 

 

High Key

With a “high key” painting, the prevailing dominant ratio of tones will be on the Lighter end of the scale.

Perhaps, about   75% – 80% Light Tones.

 

Tips for  High Key Watercolor: you would use more water with your paints and, leave a lot more of your paper – White.

High Key Acrylics and Oils:  you would increase the amount of white to all the paints you use, and in many places use nearly straight White out of the tube.

 

Second Tip:

when we are trying to learn and cement a specific skill, we really will learn it faster, if we focus on that skill.

And lessen the pressure to ‘do well’  with the all  rest of the skills.

 

By limiting my colors ie to blue and focusing on the Key, I’ll increase my speed of learning and proficiency.

And thats what we all want to see.

Evidence… of Progress!

 

 

 

A High Key painting creates the feeling of space.

Of Freedom, movement, breath, light, air, action.

 

It is lighter, breezier, cheerier.

It uplifts, and is much more joyous.

 

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High Key, hints of the blue

 

 

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High Key, in blue

 

In both of the above images, the Light and Mid tone percentages are greater than the much smaller percentage of Darker tones.

This is what gives the paintings the ‘airier’ lighter feel compared to the paintings below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Key

These paintings below, have a higher percentage of darker and mid tones.

The mid tones and dark tones dominate the image.

Rough estimate 75% or so.   Give or take.

 

The Low Key paintings create a more somber feeling to viewers.

There is a sensation of being more contained,  but it also can have nuances of foreboding at times as well.

 

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Low Key painting, Cerulean with black,  abstract on board panel

 

 

 

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Illusion of the darkness of space, A low key painting  in blue

 

 

 

When you wish to convey summer, celebrations, joy, movement, spaciousness, etc.  you now have a definite tool to rely on.

Simply ‘High Key.’

 

Same thing when painting to express the opposite.   Use,  ‘Low Key.’

 

Awareness of our options, gives us the strategies and the power to execute them –  as the subject and mood dictates.

 

 

 

 

High Key  –  Watercolor Mountain

This is my rough estimate of  the painting’s tonal value ratios….

Light tones 40%

Mid tones  50%

Dark tones 10%

 

Additionally…. with a Vertical, format rather than a traditional horizontal, it provides us with an increased sensation of movement, of implied action.

Of Space and of Depth.

 

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Mountain Prussian Blue watercolors, full sheet 22×30 

 

I included this at the last minute, because it illustrates nicely the ‘sensation’ of high key using vertical format.

And to show you how you can ADD Light Tones (white,)  by using light white matts to increase the light ratios, if, that is what is required.

 

 

 

 

Playing around with foliage greens: Watercolor

Playing around with foliage greens: Watercolor

Watercolor Discoveries –  Fun and loose, playing around.

No stress. No schedules. No rules.

Today, it does Not matter –  what happens, as long as the painting time is enjoyable!

This,  is one of the best painting mottos I have.

 

 

Watercolors

A few parameters, not rules.

 

The Parameters: watercolors, greens, not working from photos.

Just using my zen stroll inspirations.

Memory of places I’ve been to.

That, should keep things…. light and easy.

Free and loose.

 

 

Techniques to try out

I planned to explore some different ways with foliage greens.

Painting direct, fast. Right onto dry paper.

Not watercolor paper, its cartridge paper.

Its pretty unforgiving.

So every brush stroke must be considered in advance, then executed boldly.

Meaningfully.

 

And,  then the challenge

to leave it ALONE.

A ‘must’ with cartridge paper with watercolor.

 

It absolutely will not, put up with a fiddler.

This, is a beautiful lesson and exercise for all of us.

Beginners, to advanced.

We all will reap rewards.

 

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greens on cartridge paper

 

Plastic wrap with watercolors

The next technique to explore, is to play with glad wrap.

 

Trying out the perfect, timing of when to pull the plastic off, for the edges to be …. medium firm.

With watercolors, the timing is critical.  For many different aspects and techniques.

Success hinges on learning how to time the stages of watercolor, down to the minute.

It comes.

With Time!

 

What I wanted in this experiment, was a medium watercolor edge.

Not a hard, crisp edge.

Nor merging all over the place, utterly undefined.

I needed to take the wrap off, just before, it went Dry.

 

 

 

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Foliage, inspired by nature

 

Burnt sienna, terracotta, the shadowed indigo, lime yellows, with pale buff titanium here and there…….  my zen stroll from a few months back.

The glorious tendrils of light red transitioning to gold in the sunlight, captured my eye then – and remained in my memory banks.

 

I didn’t want to duplicate the subject.

I just wanted to reenact the Colors and how they made me feel.

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zen stroll inspirations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors of a blue blood Moon

Colors of a blue blood Moon

March 31, 1866 was the last time North America saw this eclipse, known as the blue blood moon.

The Southern Hemisphere has a more recent viewing: December 30 1982.

Still, that is a long wait either way!

 

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Blue Blood Moon, eclipse

 

Moon Inspired

 

Colors…. check.

Details….check.

My television, the Southern Sky.

 

Inked blue, the night sky glittered.

It was magical to watch.

 

My photography skills…. not quite so enchanting.

But, the job got done.

 

It was recorded, and so there were a couple of shots that were editable.

I’m certain many of you have already seen the thousands of breathtaking photographs on the web, I have.

They’re so ….. Inspiring!

 

 

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Colors of the Eclipse

 

Details in the Eclipse

The moon’s details were incredible, even looking through the old binoculars and my basic telephoto lens.

Watching as the shadows, the eclipse –  minute by minute crept over the face of the moon.

 

Especially the finish, I thought,  was most fascinating to the eye.

There were bands that seemed to appear in a wonderful abstracted pattern where the moon had been.

 

Sadly, my lens failed to show those small changes!

But,  its worth hunting down the professional’s shots to try to see this.

 

 

 

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Big Moon Rising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Fun Textures in Acrylics

3 Fun Textures in Acrylics

Texture and Color are always fun.

Relaxing and exciting, at the same time.

Gorgeous aquamarines with copper and gold and a deep prussian blue in the first image were beautiful to work with.  The Naples Yellow, Cobalt Teal Blue and the soft neutral greys  in the next two were ….. Super fun!

3 fun acrylics

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blue shimmering pools

 

 

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crackle and cobalt teal

 

 

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boulders…torn edges naples yellow + cobalt teal

 

 

Textures #6 color filled textures 

Add Excitement with Texture 

Acrylic Ocean Blue 

Naples Yellow

Torn Paper – Tearing It Up  

Fun and Creative Techniques 

 

 

 

 

Angels, Feathers: Art Subjects….. open for interpretation

Angels, Feathers: Art Subjects….. open for interpretation

Silver glittering angel. Flecks of violet, jade, topaz sparkle.

Set against that dark rich and warm Light Red background.

The Photographer, Kelly Walker, was busy around here.

With her permission, I’ve used her images.

 

 

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Angel in the wings

 

 

The Art of the Holidays

Truly…. there isn’t much, in the way of drawing, painting, creating at the moment.

A tiny bit.  Some.

 

But truly,   the art of the holidays is to go with the flow.

 

 

A Tree

Plastic.

Artificial.

The white Christmas tree…. a reminder of snow that will never fall upon the hot sands of W.A.

Yet somehow,  the camera has caught a  loveliness of spirit  that sets it back to right.

Amazing.

 

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White Tree

 

 

A fallen feather

A fallen feather; but from where we may wonder.

 

A mingling of purest white and ebony black; with all the subtle beautiful tones of greys that stirs my artist’s mind.

Leaping to thoughts of which paints and pigments might be used to create all these splendid variations.

 

The delicate blush of sandstone cream, soft and pale, blurred like a dream into the background – captivates doesn’t it?

 

Once again, the camera has captured something that is,  magical.

It pulls the eye, the heart, in.

 

I must say though….. Its not, the camera that did this magic.

No.  Rather it is the person behind the camera who created this. Who was able to capture and convey these feelings of magic.

 

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a Fallen feather

 

 

 

And Lastly.

A monoprint.

Open for interpretation.

 

I have assembled and used as inspiration these holiday photographs taken by another, but from my home.

They have then been used to form to shape – first within my imagination and then with paper and paints, an image that I have interpreted from those photos.

 

 

The monoprint.

The outspread form. a tree shape?

Could it be an angel’s wing?

A feather?

Is that snow in the foreground?  A blizzard in the clouds?

Or perhaps it is the rays of the sun as it shimmers down right at dusk?

 

 

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Open… for interpretation

 

 

This is the pure beauty of the abstract: it is meant to engage.

It is open,  for interpretation.