SIMEON BLESSING JESUS, is one of 30 paintings being done for the 2011 Exhibit at the University of Dayton. These paintings will be ongoing in the next couple of years; as a task of this magnitude, although joyful at every turn, is quite a large undertaking! I dearly look forward to your comments. Thanks for taking a moment out of your busy day to enjoy what God is doing in my painting life.
April 6, 2011
I'm enjoying working on a 22 x 30 inch watercolor for the MARIAN SERIES. The latest, below, is just in the beginning stages. I am literally tiptoeing through this one, so as not to do the wrong thing. I am going slowly because I am trying to create "hidden" images within clouds. Some of the images I hope to have more apparent than others. What you see below is about one third of this painting.
Stay tuned, more to come!
The final painting for this week:
As the Morning (detail)
No words can describe how I feel about this one. See the complete painting here.
Happy New Year 2011!
Being stuck indoors, due to this huge snowstorm, has it's advantages! I'm painting more!
Below is the approach I took to do the FREE PAINTING: "Happy New Year 2011."
I did a detailed line drawing on an 8 x 10 Ampersand gessoed panel.
I put a coat of clear acrylic varnish over the initial drawing to seal the pencil lines.
after the clear acrylic layer was dry, I completed the painting, using Golden Open Acrylics.
The acrylic painting process resulted in clear, crisp colors as you can see below.
And, this painting is FREE. Click here to leave your comment and enter the DRAWING.
HOW DID DONNA DO THAT PAINTING???
Last night (December 11), I received FIRST PLACE for Transparent Watercolor at the Western Ohio Watercolor Society's Reception for their Winter Show. I thought you might like to see how this painting evolved.......SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE STAGES OF THIS PAINTING.
This is how it all began. Watercolor on yupo.
I immediately began to see floral forms. I then darkened around the flowers, added deeper pigments: Pthalo Green mixed with its complement, Quinacridone Rose and a bit of purple.
As well, I added some texturing materials into the centers of the flowers.
Can you see the "FROG" area in the bottom right hand corner?
(or was it?........was there another hand dipping into my paints?)
Following the FLORAL THEME, I thought these forms resembled morning glories.
I love seeing them grow up in and around the corn stalks in the fall; so of course, I began to wipe out some of the flowers to insert some corn stalks.
For this, I used reference photos of actual corn stalks on the road I live on in the country.
YUPO is so forgiving with TRANSPARENT WATERCOLORS.
I was able to wipe out easily and add what I wanted in specific areas.
My architect (greatest critic!) son, Brian said,
"Oh, no, what are those shells running right through the middle?"
He was so right, so below, you can see what happened to this poor painting next!
THIS is definitely the UGLY STAGE of HARVEST GLORY. Doesn't look too glorious!
I took a step back and realized the darks I added were too harsh!
(I'm near-sighted and sometimes embellish darks!)
I wanted CONTRAST, but not this much!
HARVEST GLORY © Donna Pierce-Clark 2010
This painting was done almost a year ago, but I thought you would enjoy the journey!
November 17, 2010
I surprised myself and actually worked on THREE new Marian paintings this weekend! I'm thrilled. Please forgive the darkness of these photos (the studio photography lights need an upgrade!) Here are the beginning stages of them:
AND THE CHILD GREW
(I literally tore up the other one, and began anew)
The grey color you see on these is the masking fluid,
to save the white of the paper as I work on specific areas.
This painting is based on a photo taken about 35 years ago of
my oldest son Matt, and his Aunt Peggy.
Yes, their hair "appears" slightly reddish, but that is just the highlights to come. I will darken hair as the paintings evolve.
The next 2 paintings were done from many photos I took in Florida while at the Holy Land Experience and the Passion Play I saw there, which was just amazing and so professionally done.
I say "many" photos because the drawing for Water Into Wine (below) is a compilation of about 30 different photos of different areas of the Holy Land experience, not just the Passion Play.
WATER INTO WINE
In this photo (above) , you can see the beginnings of many layers of Transparent, staining colors. Below, you will see a close-up of Water Into Wine with the addition of granulating pigmentsover the very dry transparent pigment layers. When using the granulating pigments, I literally put the lid on the transparent pigments because I don't want to take the risk of contaminating those jewel tones!
November 10, 2010
I managed to get some painting done in the middle of the joyful chaos!
While Dennis and Brian worked on the new front deck (drilling huge holes for post/supports), and Matt and Julie were in Columbus "Christmas Shopping," Daisy and I entertained the kiddos. What fun!
As Braden and Hayley played with the DS, Kinslee took photos, and
Maddie and I peeled potatoes for lunch.
Later in the day, all four grandchildren built houses and community buildings (restaurants, tire companies, etc.) for "Clark Town":
And in the middle of it all, I slipped down to the studio to paint:
Just a beginning, scroll down for updates on this one.
November 4, 2010
Scroll down for the making of
"LOST AND FOUND"
(Mary and Joseph traveled 3 days to find their lost son. He was teaching in the temple)
Much more has been done, but much more is yet to do. Jesus, Mary, many tiny details, and the two pillars still have masking fluid on them. Keep scrolling down to see the next few stages and the final painting.
Below, Hayley is helping to rub off all of that masking fluid.
Well, the masking fluid is gone and more painting needs to be done. Scroll down for the finish!
Now complete, this one took a long time as there were numerous details. There are areas that I love and there are areas I would definitely do over. I hope you like it. Now, on to the next one!
October 20, 2010
TWO BOTTLES PROGRESSION...........
TWO BOTTLES started out with pale washes of color and dried thoroughly between each color application. As the painting progressed slowly throughout the demonstration, more depth was added with continued thin veils of color and drying stages. I have a PDF TUTORIAL available if you would like to paint this too! CLICK HERE FOR TUTORIAL. Secure PayPal.
Boy Jesus in the Temple (temporary title) Step One and Two below:
Boy Jesus in the Temple (temporary title), below, is in the very, very beginning stages! Mary hasn't even been added yet! Just a drawing, with a plethora of details yet to be added to the drawing. This is going to take a long time, but the image is in my head and it is so colorful! Stay tuned!
STEP TWO (October 20)
I'm sure you'll agree this is a better photo. Sunshine makes a lot of difference with photography! Mary has been added as have many other details. The grey is masking fluid so I can paint around the figures and not get any paint on those areas I want to be left almost if not all white.
September 19, 2010
I have begun a new Marian painting: (temporary title) Mary, the Innocence of Motherhood, and below are some photos of this painting in progress:
Below, is Yeshua, ben Yoseph. The finished painting is first, the steps in progress follow. This one, below, has many layers of paint. A lot of glazing took place for the vibrancy and intensity of colors. There are also many layers of thoughts behind each painting. Much research has gone into this one: Yeshua, ben Joseph (Jesus, son of Joseph). Mary bore our savior, and Joseph "adopted" Jesus. Look for little touches.
Yeshua, ben Joseph
As Mary looks on in adoration of her child and beholds the relationship that is developing between Joseph and Jesus, her heart swells with joy and peace. The observer will enjoy looking throughout this painting at the little touches I have added. Joseph, being a carpenter, would have in my mind's eye, carved toys for our little baby Jesus. The light of the Holy Spirit can be seen as it travels between mother and son. Trustingly, our little baby Jesus, looks into the eyes of his earthly father. This is the first father he will know and learn to trust. Then, as he grows older, he will begin to transfer this trust to the one true God: Abba Father.
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Yeshua, ben Joseph (in progress below)
Quinacridone Gold is placed on first, followed by a few dabs with the paper towel to lift some areas. The clothing of the figures are left untouched. This underpainting will make a great beginning for "skin" color, to which I will later add some Quinacridone Rose, Pthalo Green and Vermillion. Luscious Transparent colors!!
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September 1, 2010
STUDIO RE-DO (drum roll!!)
There have been numerous changes and re-arranges in the studio this last few weeks and I thought you might like to see some of our progress............
Dennis built the cabinet below to house my acrylic paints. It has wheels on it, so it can easily be moved. It doubles as a place for the printer.
I found some shallow shelves at a used furniture store and they are on the walls full of still life objects, just waiting for lots of paintings to come! Notice I stored the objects by color. There's a reason, you'll see with time ;-)
Below, is a longer shot. The entire studio has a more open feeling now. The reason I am not painting, is that pile of files on my watercolor table I need to get through! You can see the big screen computer in the corner. Great for painting from as I stand on the opposite side of that table with the turquoise bottle.
This is the cabinet I use to control the lighting for photos of paintings for the website and it doubles as a great place to set up a still life with controlled lighting as well. It "was" an old bedside table from Good Sam hospital (where Dennis used to work years ago). He added a back to it and put the electric strip on back of it, so I can plug in multiple lights. Some are white lights, some are yellow lights. Makes for fun still life set ups!
And, last of all, is a photo of my new TURQUOISE water squirt bottle, an old turquoise mason jar for water, and a pitcher for watercolors. I LOVE turquoise!
August 18, 2010------PERKY PERCOLATOR IN PROGRESS
Yesterday, I worked on a quickie still life using Golden Open Acrylics. It was finished in about 1 1/2 hours. I find it very beneficial to keep paintings to a minimum of time if working on still life or plein air "if" I'm just after that initial "feel" and color interaction. Longer paintings come from these "studies."
Here are 3 steps in Perky Percolator:
Above, is the initial "sketch" using mostly Ultramarine Blue, some water, plus a little bit of Burnt Umber. This is done for placement, basic values, shapes, etc.
And, above, I have added more darks, just to get the feel of the values and shadows. I have also placed some new colorations.
In this last image (above), I have continued to look for and place reflections of multiple colors in and around the percolator. Take a look at the blog for today (August 18, 2010) "Perky Percolator" to see the finished painting.
August 11, 2010
I did a few plein air paintings this week and last. Plein air means they were painted on site (with the weather-- rain, heat, etc. and the bugs!). The first is just the beginning stages of a bridge in Troy, Ohio that will be torn down: THE ADAMS STREET BRIDGE. And the second was started yesterday at the Piatt Castle in West Liberty, Ohio: MOODY CASTLE. The day was overcast and quite moody. Just right for a castle. Makes me want to watch a thriller or read a good book! Or maybe better: write my own!
BOTH paintings will be "tweeked" in the studio in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
THE ADAMS STREET BRIDGE
Mary Visits Elizabeth is coming along nicely I think and your insights are tucked in my heart for ongoing consideration........(thank you!!)
Last night, I worked on a drawing for the next painting. Again, Hayner students assisted with ideas. Here it is just a portion of this upcoming painting. Oh, I love it!!!
The one below is still on hold as I ponder the "hidden images."
I'm working on the Marian Series!!!
With 4 paintings and one giclee completed, I hope to do 20 more paintings for this upcoming exhibit (Summer of 2011 at University of Dayton, Marian Library). Below, are 2 photos of the one I am working on presently: Mary Visits Elizabeth. In the first photo, I have drawn the design, applied masking fluid, let the fluid dry, and poured the first paint. In the second photo, I have removed the masking fluid and I'm ready for some direct painting!! I should be nearly finished with this painting by June first!! Stay tuned!
Pouring was so exciting! I loved tilting the paper to achieve that dynamic diagonal thrust. Before the pour dried, I put some plastic wrap on the upper half to enhance the mountains and buildings in the background.
The mask is removed and I'm excited to get ready to do some direct painting, some layering of more values and colors. Yum!! Oh! I love to paint!!
Want some fun?? In the larger image below, please look into the area where the plastic wrap left those lines and see if you can find some other images that I might overlap. Hidden images. What do you see? Leave your comments on the blog and maybe you'll see me actually use your ideas!! Thanks!
Acrylic Sunrise......Just a beginning.....many break-water boulders will be added to the foreground as well as much enhancements in the water, waves, and sunrise. Stay tuned for the finish!
Today, I was Grandma!! Kinslee (the youngest) came and played playdough, while Grandma painted. She was just a little sleepy when I took her picture. We also took a walk in the beautiful spring sunshine while she picked yellow "flowers" violets to take home to Mommy. I am blessed to have a nice studio space in the basement, but I do love painting in the dining room light. I especially love it when the grandkids are there to do artwork, too!
PAINTING NUMBER ONE
For this first one (and I started 3 in one session), I used the cruciform format, 5 shapes, one as the focal area, with the other 4 pointed in that direction to guide the eye movement of the viewer. Notice I have a few silk fall leaves on the side. I'm hoping to incorporate them, but maybe not. I'll let the painting "speak to me" and tell me what it wants to do. That's the joy of YUPO ABSTRACTS! Such freedom!
Here it is closer-up.
At this stage of painting number one, I have traced around the bubble wrap pieces, removed the plastic bubble wrap, painted some bright fall warm colors within the traced areas, then placed the bubble wrap over the paint. The rocks are there to weight it down while it dries. And that is what all 3 paintings are doing right now. Drying, while I'm entering the info. so you'll see what I did.
PAINTING NUMBER 2
For Painting Number 2 I have chosen a DIAGONAL THRUST which cuts diagonally through the entire composition. The two diagonal pieces have a grid design placed over them. That shine is the bubble wrap placed over all and it will show up on the remaining blue and orange areas. However when all this wrap is removed, color will come with it. And I will be intentionally "losing" alot of the texture. Too much of a good thing is too much! I will strive for a balance.
PAINTING NUMBER 3
For PAINTING NUMBER 3, I have chosen to begin with 3 shapes: large, medium, and small in shape. I tried to place that smaller shape in one of the 4 possible and preferred areas for focal points. This shape is more detailed in design than the other meandering, larger shapes. All of the shapes interlock to create a flow throughout the painting. I used analogous colors of greens and blues (one of my personal favorite color schemes). These are all cool colors and will require the juxtaposition of some warmer hues. I'm just letting this dry with no addition of texture.
Stay tuned...........more is coming!
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My grandaughter, Kinslee always paints such fun colors!! I pointed to a silk rose laying on shelf and asked her if she would like to paint it. She got so excited! Here is her result.
Below STEP-BY-STEP GOLD 'n GREENS
This luscious crushed green velvet will serve its purpose for many still lifes to come, I'm sure! And, per chance it will find its way into a Christmas arrangement in the livingroom!
Nope, it's not a photographic likeness, this is an artist's rendition. I could have gone farther with this, adding some golds to the fabric to bring it closer to the original, but ooh! I love Pthalo Green just the way it is.
Step One---Transparent/Staining New Gamboge was painted carefully over the goblet and the apple.
Still staying with Transparent/Staining (T/St) colors, I put Permanent Green Light over the apple, and in selected areas Richeson Red Light and some of the Permanent Green Light on the goblet. After those applications dried very "bone" dry, I mixed some T/St Pthalo with some T/St Quinacridone Rose to make a dulled down staining green background.
After that background was thoroughly dry, I wet the entire background, and then gently dropped/brushed pure undiluted T/St Pthalo Green all around the edges of the apple and goblet. Quickly, I placed Saranwrap over all and crushed the Saranwrap to make what is the "beginning" of a crushed velvet look for this painting. Within about 4-5 minutes, I gently peeled the Saranwrap from the painting and quickly brushed with clean water some of the areas of the goblet and the apple where that Pthalo overlapped. Then, I set the painting in front of the fan to dry. Hair dryers are nice, but I'm a multi-tasker, so the fan did its thing as I did mine.
When this part was dry, I carefully painted another layer of T/St New Gamboge over the apple and the goblet.
Now that the Pthalo has dried, it is much lighter and ready for more direct painting. The New Gamboge has added some brightness to apple and the goblet and they as well, are ready for more direct painting.
I did another layer of Pthalo Green mixed with Quinacridone Rose and Saranwrap to get some deep greens. When that was all dry, I used Quinacridone Gold, Rose, Burnt Sienna, some Cadmium Orange, and a little bit more of the Permanent Green Light to develop the apple and the goblet.
Then, I added even more Pthalo and Quinacridone Rose to the bottom of the painting, layed on more Saranwrap, let it dry...........and I was done.
September 2nd already!
I put the Open Acrylics away for a few days and I've been working with watercolor.
This cool weather is bringing on thoughts of Christmas, so I've been experimenting with several color combinations (different backgrounds, different still life set ups) and working with the paintings for the University of Dayton show for 2011. I will not be posting the Marian paintings until closer to show time (2011), but today I have a still life "work in steps" from GOLD N BERRIES.
GOLD N BERRIES STEP BY STEP----------
First, I drew the image, then added some masking fluid on the tall, narrow vase, the berries, and the small round vase (the Pebo masking fluid brand is bluish).
Second, I put in a random wash of purple, deeper and darker in some areas, lighter in others. I rotated the paper until it was upside down to get the paint to flow away from the image.
Thirdly, I began painting the image with cadmium red (an orange red) for the berries, and ultramarine for the small vase. When that dried, I worked a bit more paint into the background (Verzino Violet, more purple, and some Ultramarine blue).
Fourthly, I deepened the Ultramarine in the vase and deepened the berries with some Quinacridone Rose. I also added a little Verzino Violet into the fabric areas and a grey mix of B. Sienna and Ultramarine blue for the inside of the tall vase--then dropped in a bit of Viridian green into that grey mixture. I let all of that dry well.
Fifthly, began to work much more with the round vase and the leaf areas with these colors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, and some viridian green. At this time, there is no green in the leaf areas, only on the vase.
Sixth, I removed all of the masking fluid and further developed the gold vase with more Burnt Sienna, some purple, and more Viridian Green. I used Permanent Green Light for the leaves, and when the leaves were dry, I put a light layer of thalo green over those leaves and then scraped out lines with the edges of a cut up credit card (best use for those dudes!). With the masking fluid gone, you can now see the sparkles of the berries and the gold vase.
Lastly, I used some bright, opaque cadmium orange (#11 on the Quiller Pallette) to brighten up the berries and orange reflections in the gold vase. I also mixed a deep "mixed black" with Quinacridone Rose, Thalo Green, and purple for the dark spots on those berries. I signed the painting with the opaque cadmium orange. Mixing opaques an transparent paints is fun!
There you have it: GOLD N BERRIES
Several weeks ago-----
We have a new addition to our family! Hayley (below) loves her new family, although not adopted yet, she and her mother are joyfully looking forward to that special day. She loves to paint with me, like all of my other dear grandchildren.
Easter, which represents the resurrection and life of Jesus Christ, IS very important to me.
I just found THIS VIDEO which is a painting in progress. This is a painting of Jesus.
In the Studio MARBLEHEAD SHORES II on the Easel
I found these nifty decorative boxes at Hobby Lobby half off. They house my Open Acrylic paints and panels. When not painting, the desk looks pretty spiffy!
MARBLEHEAD SHORES II STEP ONE below-----
GICLEES HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!
The Winter Series was so popular and literally snatched right out of my hands! I missed them! So, I am having some beautiful giclees made of them. The black edging is being printed on the borders so these can be mounted on stretcher bars. The black will be on the sides of the canvas stretchers and these prints will be nice hung without frames or as well can be nicely framed in a floating frame.
"Emotive Expressions" a small but excellent giclee company in Canada (near Toronto) does my giclees. And they are more beautiful than the actual paintings! These are being printed on canvas and have a shimmering finish. I highly recommend this company!
Here, I have the initial drawing,
I have used complimentary colors:
"STORM CLOUDS OVER TAOS"
|| FISHIN ON ROSE LAKE
After the first warm yellow, oranges, and reds dried completely, I went back into the painting and"very" lightly applied a wash of cool blues for the water.
Painting on yupo takes a very gentle touch. Several techniques are going on here: The top half was carefully cleaned with alcohol to insure a smooth, soft wash of undulating colors; whereas, in the application of the cool blues (which are a sedimentary and a transparent color combination) has caused much of the 'paper' to repel the paint, giving the water a sparkle.
| In STEP THREE, I have let the painting dry,then layered with an extremely soft touch more colors into the water area,let that dry, then carefully lifted out some white areas in the water (which will receive some bright pink and orange passages when this stage is done).
Next, I added some more luscious New Gamboge to brighten the tree area above the water's edge line. I also have lifted away some of the ground area that meets the water's edge. Because I am simultaneously adding and subtracting paint, I like to refer to this as the PUSH-PULL STAGE or the "SCULPTING" stage.
Except for some blues in the water, I have avoided any cool colors.
It is usually best to place warmer colors first, while gently placing any cool colors.
SCROLL DOWN FOR STEP 4
Fishin on Rose Lake
Steps 4 & 5 Compared
FISHIN ON ROSE LAKE(step 6)
FISHIN ON ROSE LAKE
In the Studio, August, 2008
Last week, just before school was about to start,
Now, Kinslee is serious!!
When the girls got tired of painting, Grandma brought out the Playdough!!!
Upper Emerald Pool, Zion National Park, Utah 2008
|AND, here's my grandaughter's results of working with the Quiller colors! She is using tempera paints and loves them over all other choices. Which tells me, she will probably also love painting with acrylics or oils in the future.|
22 X 30
This portrait is in an
FINALLY!! The easel is set up to paint in oils!
This will be a large painting of my grand daughter: Madison. This should be fun to watch develop. When you paint those you love, painting is even more of a sweet journey!
Well, today, February 9, 2008, I was considering what greens should go in the back ground of this gorgeous floral.
Typically, in the past, I may have opted to use the center (sap green) as it is a more "natural" color; but this floral is rather potent, so I chose the one on the right: Thalo Green, with a little sap thrown in just to dull it a bit.
|First, I did try new gamboge, sap green, and some friscit and then some thalo over that.|
|I didn't like the colors, so I tried friscit with more of the thalo in several layers from light to darker.|
|I really didn't like the "controlled" look of the friscit and the leaf and grass forms; so I think I have decided upon this combination. Tuesday night at class, everyone can see the results. Hope it works!!! It is always a study, experiment, and try something, and then something else, till you get it "just right."|
I also did some experimentation with the yellows. Yellows in the flower petals were a topic of discussion last Tuesday night and we will still have to talk about this and do some experimenting. What kind of yellow? Where? And why or why not on top of some of these pinks and lavenders! Some work, some don't!
Here , you can see the Quiller Palette in use for the above painting.
Some of Donna's Favorite BRUSHES:
Angles, Rounds, and Flats
|Maddie's "March of the Jelly Beans!"|
|Maddie's "Too Many Footprints" (what it feels like in a crowded restaurant)|
|Maddie and Kinslee painting in Grandma's Studio!|
Grandma teaching Madison (several years ago) (was she 4 or 5???) about the proper care of brushes.
Just a tiny girl, but lots of artful inspiration in her big and loving heart!!!
|Kinslee is only 2 1/2 but loves to paint also!!! This is the fish she did on Friday night at Grandma's (February 1, 2008).|
|And here is Maddie's fish. She didn't want to color the fish that was already drawn. Madison is her "own" artist! Her fish is saying "Thanks!" You'll have to ask Maddie what he is thankful for :)|
It's rough when a friend your own age dies. Barbara was a friend for over 25 years. She was the most giving individual. Because of recent losses, I could not bring myself to attend the funeral. Instead, I painted this in her memory. The bright light in the background reminded me of a place where Barbara is today. I know she is with her Lord, Jesus. She is with her son, her husband, and her mother. Such a sad thing to lose a gift like she was. She was a nurse, EMT specialist, fostered over 50 children, made quilts, gave and gave and gave of herself, her time, and her love to so many, many people. Goodbye, dear Barbara
Remember that tune?