Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Peony in Gouache

A few weeks ago my friend Barbara brought some of her beautiful peony blooms to me.  So of course I had to try to create a lasting image of it.  I used gouache paint in a semi-transparent application.  I'm working toward using it more opaquely, but so far I tend to water it down a bit.  The goal was to show the delicacy of the petal texture and the soft slight pinks and yellows in the shadows.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Another gouache painting--a still life

This painting is one that I've tried in several settings and with several mediums.  Later I will post a colored pencil version of this.  However, I did enjoy finding the correct combinations of colors to create the look of a brown egg.  The saucer is part of an inherited set of Desert Rose china.   As always shadows intrigue me. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Green Shades - working with gouache

It's been a long time, I see, since I last added anything to my blog.  I have been painting and drawing, but just not posting.  We also moved and downsized our living area so I'm getting acquainted with my new smaller work space.  I have been fascinated by reading information posted by James Gurney and Lena Revo regarding their use of gouache, a medium I had not tried previously.  So, that has been my new adventure.  I've always loved watercolor, but felt it was out of my control most of the time.  The gouache gives me a second and third chance to correct and/or modify my first strokes.

I will be posting a few of these images as I explore this medium.  Today is a "portrait sketch" of a young man which I downloaded from the website.  I'm just giving it a working title of "Green Shades."  It is executed using gouache in a mostly transparent mode, but with white mixed in occasionally to give me the opaqueness to paint over certain areas.  I've posted the original photo also.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Portrait Sketching Again

Conte crayon sketch on newsprint.  Reference from
"Man Wearing Turban" ©Kay M Dewar - 9 x 12 inches

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another Pretty Day!

We are very lucky here in the Pacific NW to be enjoying some lovely seasonal transition weather.  The sun is out and the temperatures are moderate--just as I like it.  The painting that I'm posting today is "Windowsill Bottles."  It is 9x12 inches and is oil on canvas board.  I enjoy looking at these bottles which live most of the time on my east-facing windowsill so the morning light shines through them.
Windowsill Bottles  ©Kay M Dewar - 9 x 12 inches - oil

Monday, September 11, 2017

Another Floral in Oil

This piece which is titled Sunflowers in Blue Vase is another floral study in oil.  The arrangement was a table decoration for a gathering of a group of friends at my home and it seemed to need to be used again.  Therefore, it became another "art object."  Sunflowers are such a cheery flower and paired with the cobalt blue vase, they made a good still life subject.  This is 8 x 10 on a canvas panel.  It is available through my page at Daily Paintworks
Sunflowers in Blue Vase ©Kay M Dewar - 8 x 10" - oil on panel 

Friday, September 8, 2017

September 2017 - Back to the Easel

The summer got away from me with various activities -- some fun and some just plain needed to be done.  I have worked on some artwork, but didn't get any posting done.

I'm posting an oil painting of a favorite rose that I see from my living room window.  Its thorns make trimming difficult, but the blooms are so beautiful.  The color of the flowers changes somewhat from spring to fall.  They are currently a lovely coral color.

This painting is for sale at my Daily Paintworks site.

Coral Rose ©Kay M Dewar - oil on 6 x 6 panel - unframed