Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Golden Iris on Daily Paint Works

"Golden Iris"
For Sale $50 plus shipping SOLD
5" x 5" ~ Watercolor on Paper
This is being auctioned off at DailyPaintWorks.com with a starting bid of $50.

I have now joined the Daily Paint Works site. This is my first painting available for purchase at the DPW Gallery.
Spring is on it's way and this painting of the warm "Golden Iris" reminds me that winter will not last forever! This painting will come matted in an off white mat and ready for framing in a 9" x 9" frame.
The Auction lasts seven days, after this you can email me at livewiregrafx@yahoo.com and let me know you are interested in purchasing this painting.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 36th Annual exhibition

Shows Over    ©2011 LWatry
Great News! My painting, "Shows Over", was juried into the 36th Annual Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) exhibit. The show will be held at Kenosha Public Museum in Wisconsin from May 5 to August 5, 2012
    The TWSA began in 1976 by Nora Stevens and Sybil Olson and was named the Midwest Watercolor Society. In 2003 the society was renamed the TWSA because they had gone from  regional status to national. Famous watercolorists were and are members of the TWSA like: Nora Stevens, Frank Webb, Cheng-Khee Chee, Irving Shapiro, Zoltan Szabo and Phil Austin.
    The TWSA mission statement says, "From its inception, the purpose of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America has been to advance the stature and foster appreciation of watercolor as a major medium."
    The TWSA show only juries in paintings that are done completely with transparent watercolor. No other medium can be used and even the pencil lines must be minimally visible. If you would like to see paintings from other recent TWSA exhibitions, click this link http://www.watercolors.org/ and scroll down on their home page until you get to the Recent Exhibitions section. There are some amazing watercolors!
    If you would like to see how my painting, "Shows Over", came into being, I posted the demo from February to March in 2011 to this blog and here are the links:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Watercolor Video of a Garden Scene

I have a 2 new YouTube videos, part 1 and part 2 of a Garden Scene that I am demoing for a class. I took the photo of this scene at the Denver Botanic Gardens. There are some large pots tipped over and some are half buried with flowers and grasses growing around them. This painting is being done on Arches 140lb. cold press paper and I have stretched it and stapled it to Gator Board. After I finish the demo for the class, I will upload the rest to YouTube. Thanks, please let me know what you think. To watch this video on YouTube, click this link:  http://lorrainewatry.blogspot.com/p/my-videos-on-you-tube.html
or you can watch the video on this blog from My YouTube Videos Tab.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Color Wheel For Watercolor

Whether you are just starting out in watercolor or you have been painting for a while, it never hurts to take some time and make yourself a color wheel. A color wheel for the beginner is necessary to understand the relationship of the three primaries - red, blue, and yellow and all of the colors that can be made from them. For the more advanced watercolor student, the color wheel can help remind you that there are many more colors to be made than just the ones you have on your palette.
Here is the nitty-gritty of any color wheel.
Primaries:  There are 3 colors that all other colors can be made from. They are Red, Blue, & Yellow.
Secondaries: There are three secondaries. Secondaries are made by mixing two of the primaries together. Red & Blue make purple, Yellow & Red make orange, and Yellow & Blue make green.
Tertiaries: These colors are made by mixing a secondary color and a primary color together. For example: Yellow and orange make a yellow-orange. There can be many many tertiary colors.
Complimentary Colors: These are the colors that sit across from each other on the color wheel. There are 3 sets of complimentary colors. They are Blue & orange, Red & green, and Yellow & purple. By mixing the two complimentary colors together you get a more neutral or grayed down mix. These neutral colors can be wonderful colors in a painting and can make great grays and browns that have some life about them.

The color wheel you see in this post was painted by me with three primaries: French Ultramarine, Permanent Rose, and Lemon Yellow. Please feel free to print this image so that you can use it to do your own color wheel.  

For the more advanced watercolor student - this watercolor wheel was done using 3 "cool" primaries, but it can also be done using 3 "warm" primaries. Three colors that are considered "warm" primaries would be Phthalo Blue, Winsor Red (same as Pyrro Red - Daniel Smith or Permanent Red - Daler Rowney), and New Gamboge Yellow. However, I don't care for the "warm" primaries color wheel. You will get less vibrant colors.  Also, definitely try some complimentary mixes and see all the wonderful neutral colors you can make.