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Trees,  in Color

Trees, in Color

Outdoors, fresh air.

Wandering through the woods.  Its lovely out there!  Inspiring.

I’ve combined two of my favorite things,  painting and nature….  trees.

 

Inspired

As I mentioned in my last post, zen strolls,  I’ve been working.

Creating.

Inspired by the trees, in color.

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Palette 1 for Tree Bark

 

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Palette 2

Watercolor Charts

Two Basic color charts in watercolor.

Easy.  And fun to do, well worth your time!

 

 

You only need 3 paints.

  1. cobalt blue pb28
  2. permanent rose pv19
  3. winsor lemon py175

 

Combining these 3 Paints, in various ratios & blends,  create wonderful new colors to use.

I’ve only shown these two charts, but I’ve created over 200 mixes from the 3 paints.

 

The color mixes shown, are  great for trees, bark, foliage, branches, and earth.

For more, on Color Mixing,  see color mixing foliage,   browns,  color  mastery, charts.

 

 

 

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Zen Stroll

Zen Stroll  – The inspiration.

 

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a beautiful morning – another inspiration

 

From Inspiration, to studio and the processes.

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a quick demo  – Ink over watercolor washes

 

The unifying line work created by the ink,  brings the image together as well as helps to emphasize the texture of the bark in this quick demo piece.

 

 

Contrasts

In Art, its all about Contrast.

 

Showing one demo example of “rough” texture is good;  but showing the opposite,  is even better.

 

Below: the silky, fluid washes flow downwards as the pale golden colors stream towards earth.

Its appearance of smoothness, of silken soft bark,  is in direct contrast to the “rough textured” image above.

 

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Tree trunk – a study of smoothness – charging technique

 

 

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Dry Brush Technique for  rough  bark

 

 

What’s Next!?

I’m thinking…..

 

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A Simple Pleasure, the flower

A Simple Pleasure, the flower

The taste of a petal upon the morning breeze.

A simple pleasure, really.

 

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Pleasures of the lovely flower ….  strolling Singapore Cloud Dome

 

 

Change of Plans

I’d planned to write up a post on cold wax today; showing you a fantastic book I’ve read.  Plus a few art samples.

My heart just wasn’t there.

 

I needed a zen stroll.  But, I have class and time isn’t in my favor.

However…. the next best thing, is right at my fingertips.

 

I strolled through my garden, of photographs.

Specifically, the pathways I walked while in the Singapore Cloud Dome.

Often, I’m not exactly certain of the precise details of what I’m searching for; but, I know that I will ‘recognise it’ when I see it.

And so it was.

 

The perfect flower was right there…..

 

Flowers speaking, whispering

These flowers, whisper out in soft serenity.

And for just that moment, I am right back there breathing in their delicate fine scent.

Nearly imperceptible.

 

Subtle.

A small note one might have to hunt for,  to realise it is there.

But when it is discovered, its unmistakeable.

Unforgettable.

 

 

You know,  so many things, besides “flowers”  could create a similar response.

Maybe rivers, reflections, snow, the touch of an elderly person as they wave, and say goodbye.

 

 

Loveliness

I simply wanted  ‘something lovely’ today.

Not something Busy, Busy, Busy.

 

Not work.

Not a full 10 point list of do and don’t (s)  or lessons, 15 tips and step by step pointers.

 

 

 

As I was looking at the flower photograph, I thought:

These petals

whisper their silent poetry

and we will only ever hear them –

when we permit

simple pleasures,

an equal measure of time with the complexities.

 

 

Yes.

I enjoyed my change of plans.

 

 

Pink and Crimson: watercolor inspirations

Pink and Crimson: watercolor inspirations

Singapore.

Inspired by the pretty and delicate pink petals found in the Gardens by the Bay.

 

 

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Gardens by the Bay, so pretty,  Singapore flowers

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Techniques

I decided I needed to get in the zone, for my upcoming class “Watercolors – Loose, and Easy.” I think it should be a fun class;  laid back and keeping watercolor …simple and easy. Fresh, Free, Flowing And Loose.  Thats the goal.

 

So,  to keep this little technique simple, I chose only a few colors:   (white, indigo and alizarin crimson) and had a play.

 

 

White Paint Is Lovely!

The white paint applied first, acts like a soft velvety foundation that the other paints react to in beautiful ways.

For those of you who have not tried this before, it is a lot of fun.

 

You create stunning results by laying the wet white wash down first and then, while it is damp….. allow another color to merge into it.

(Especially The Staining paints!)

 

 

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watercolor techniques in reds and pinks

Just simply ‘do.’

For fun.

I loved the experimentation aspect, with no pressure to create, finish, frame.

 

Still a bit lagged from the trip,  I was in no big rush to “Paint That Photo.”

Of course, those who know me by now, know I never do that anyway!

 

 

These are colors I do not usually use together.

(Indigo, White, Permanent Alizarin Crimson)

So, it was interesting to me to see how they responded to each other.

I had about 15 test squares I did fairly fast, that looked great.

I’ll be able to use this information in other work I do.

 

So for those who worry about spending all that time

and not ending up with a “Product”   –  it isn’t so bad.

 

You do end up with benefits.

I learn new things all the time doing this type of thing.

Learning new techniques, new color combinations, new approaches, etc.

These, can be then used down the track in your next paintings. 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Techniques 

Watercolor start easy….

 

 

 

 

 

Impressionist Colors of the Sea… John Peter Russell

Impressionist Colors of the Sea… John Peter Russell

A fine example, a master of the impressionist era.  John Peter Russell should not go unnoticed by art lovers.

Admittedly, while in America I hadn’t heard of him.

Until  I moved to Australia and visited the New South Wales Art Gallery.

 

 

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impressionist sea…. John Peter Russell

 

Impressionist Artist

 

What Beautiful colors.

Exquisite brush movement.

The sensitivity of his brush is quite apparent when you look close.

Amazing.

 

 

John Peter Russell  was born in Australia in  1858, but moved to Belle Ile, Brittany.

This, is where he painted much of his work.

Les Aiguilles, Belle Ile  is another lovely free loose and easy watercolor impression of the area there.

If you go online google… John Peter Russell paintings, to find his work.  They are outstanding.

Beautiful.

 

 

Versatile Artist

Russell created gorgeous oil paintings, just as easily as he did watercolors.

The following link below, shows one of Russell’s  oil paintings of the sea, lovely and spirited.

According to the Sept. 2015  Christies.com article  “Australia’s Lost Impressionist” …. Russell was a friend of Rodin and was inspired by Monet. 

 

 

 

5 Keys

5 Key Things I think watercolorists of all levels might come away with after studying Russell’s work:

  • a sense of color spontaneity
  • fresh raw,  vigorous brush movement
  • transparency of colors and the lack of muddiness throughout the work
  • his ‘permission’ in allowing the pigments to merge, mingle, flow … at will
  • harmony of the complementary color palette of pink- red and green- blue

 

 

More to come

I do apologise to all if I’ve not replied to you.

I’ve been away visiting in Singapore,  and we just returned from the amazing city.

The National Gallery was stunning with its exhibitions; the city’s buildings … were art creations.

Yes  – there is more to come in upcoming post articles!

 

 

 

 

 

Sky Fire..like JMW Turner

Sky Fire..like JMW Turner

When life mimics art.

Over the Indian Ocean the the velvet clouds cloak the sky.

No paints in hand.

 

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photo……. “Sky Fire,”     like Turner

Sunset Skies of Fire

A camera, to capture the thoughts I had while looking for that briefest of moments upwards.

Wondering…. what Turner felt when he gazed upon the setting sun.

How his spirit lifted within.

Wondrous. I almost think we might have shared the same sense of awe. Of inspiration. Perhaps.

 

 

Turner

JMW Turner 1775-1851 a real master of both watercolors and oils.

He, is the one to emulate.

If you wish to learn oils or watercolors….. he’s your guy. 

You can’t go wrong studying Turner.

 

His quote….

“Its only when

we are no longer fearful

that we begin to create.”

 

His skies,  remain  unrivalled.

10 magnificent Turner paintings 

Turner at Tate 

A Creator of Impressionist paintings – at times so wild and free.

 

 

 

I can dream.

Of creating, of painting,  of interpreting the subject before me in such a way.

 

 

 

The prior post, All things watercolor 

featured a simple landscape, not skies, but a shoreline.

Loose and wild. Expressive.

It was done in a similar spirit as Turner.

As much as I love Turner, I must stay true to myself.

To paint, to express from within.

But

I can Learn, how to do this…. from Turner.

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watercolor beginner basics

 

Here, I am….

Here, I am….

A walk? No.

It wasn’t, what it was, was a brief 7 minute sit down.

But utterly completely, there.

3 days in a row, sneaking and stealing the time.

 

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Mind Fully, present and here

Mind Fully There

Work, shops, tasks. Driving.

Drivers who provide an endless treasury of resource material for posts.

Deciding I need to take a recess.

 

Taking an ultra brief, stop on the way.

A pause.

Same place, roughly the same amount of time spent.

Just being.

 

 

I sit.  No walking. No talking.

Just listening.

 

I am determined that if I only have about 5 minutes to spend here,  I am going to make every second count.

And that each moment, I’ll feel, and listen, taste the air and breathe it all in.

 

As if…. they were my only 5 minutes left.
And so I do.

 

It is a magical and  illuminating way, to spend this short span of time.

 

 

 

Karen’s post at Healing your grief  recently included a quote by William Blake.

It seems to sum up what I’ve been doing in these pauses.

 

“To see a World  in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven    in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity

in the palm of your hand

And

Eternity in an hour.”

William Blake

 

 

It is the holding “Eternity in an hour…”   that captivates my interest most right now.

 

 

 

Google

 

Google, as always is a wonderful delightful Friend.

I typed in Mindfulness, to see what I might come up with.  After a few scroll downs, I found something of that piqued my interest.

 

 

Mindfulness

What?   Harvard?  and mindfulness…. really?

It caught my eye.

 

 

Harvard Business Review…….    If You Aspire to be a Great Leader

 

In a survey of 2,000 employees, Bain & Company found that among 33 leadership traits — including creating compelling objectives, expressing ideas clearly, and being receptive to input — the ability to be mindfully present (also called centeredness) is the most essential of all.

 

Research also suggests that there’s a direct correlation between leaders’ mindfulness and the well-being and performance of their people.

In other words, the more a leader is present with their people, the better they will perform.

 

Every morning, Conant allocated a good chunk of his time to walking around the plant, greeting people, and getting to know them.

He would memorize their names and the names of their family members.

He would take a genuine interest in their lives.

To Conant, these behaviors were not just strategies to enhance productivity; they were heartfelt efforts to support his people.

 

 

 

As I read the HBR article, I found myself nodding in agreement.  That Conant chose to take an active interest in the lives of his employees was interesting.

It was also a sharp and vivid reminder to me of a previous long term, employer of my spouse.

He also, took an active participation in his employees’ lives.

A genuine, concerned interest.

What this did, was ensure the entire family was invested in the company and its success.

We, and even the children, were on board with travel and the long hours the job entailed.

I look back and think, what a smart man.

But also, more importantly, how truly, kind he was.

 

These leaders are fully engaged and present; and yes, they do get the most from their workforce.

 

 

Art is not in Isolation

You might think it odd, I find quotes and articles from business publications and don’t stick to  “arts and crafts.”

But, I’ve found we really can’t isolate areas so easily.  One bleeds over into the other.

 

I enjoyed the article enough to want to share it.

 

 

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Here. right here, I am.