What is an artist to do on a hot summer day?
It is 96 degrees here in sunny Kentucky. I would enjoy painting outside, but the temperature plus 100% humidity makes for a hot, grumpy artist.Instead of suffering & lugging my heavy easel, brushes and assorted other art supplies around with me.....
|Grumpy fearless artist on a hot summer day|
With my trusty Nikon in hand I will be able to capture endless amounts of inspiration to bring back to the comfort of my air conditioned art studio. Photos that I can use to inspire future paintings.
As I stand by the dock's of Green Turtle Bay Marina I train my lens on a large yacht leaving the harbor.
I have always enjoyed creating paintings of boats.
|This luxurious yacht is a 58 foot " WestBay SonShip"|
This photo screams out to me "Paint me!"
Normally I would spend a large part of the day snapping photos of the water, people and animals frolicking, but for now lets just take this one image and turn it into a painting.
Back in the comfort of my air conditioned studio, I prepare my paint, paper and other supplies for a new painting.
I begin by drawing the yacht's likeness onto my 16 x 20 canvas.
Time for some "Fearless" Fun. I begin by pouring my transparent watercolors several times to create a range of light to dark values. I use exotic Japanese lace papers & plastic wrap to create unique textures on my surface as the fluid paints evaporate.
|Japanese lace papers & plastic wrap = texture|
|Second pour of Pthalo Blue green shade|
|In third pour I add Permanent Alizarin Crimson|
|The friskit has been removed|
Step 5 : Fluid acrylic paints
At this point in the painting process I need to add some ba-zzzing to this work. I use Golden Fluid Acrylics which are somewhat opaque to do this. Using an assortment of brushes and colors I work to bring out my center of interest
(the Westbay SonShip Yacht).
The finished 16 x 20 mixed media painting that I call "Bon Voyage" is shown below.
|"BON VOYAGE" © 2015 Beattie|
Are you interested in learning more about the combination of photography and painting techniques, that I have written about today?
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Coming to the Acadia Workshop Center in beautiful Acadia, Maine July 11 -14, 2016
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