Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Communication equals Charisma

Today's Tip
Charisma is really about communication. When possible tell how you came up with your creative idea. Why you like this still life set up better then another way. Communication helps your audience relate better to your work and to you as an artist. It can be simply why you used on color or brand of paint over another. Why you used watercolor or oils. You know why you embrace your subject, so share the love of art and inspiration with the world.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jazz up your Life


Nothing is hotter than Jazz Music not even these hot June nights so be cool and add this Jazz painting to your collection.

This abstract jazz painting is available at auction, Click here to Bid.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Expressionist Watercolor Painting

Expressions of Strawberries
Expressions of Strawberries, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Expressions of Strawberries
9x12 watercolor painted on 200 lb cold pressed watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

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Price: $100 USD plus $15 USD s/h

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oil Painting on Paper

Art by Delilah

Painting on paper is an art form in itself and there are many areas of technical expertise needed in order to ensure a durable and lasting work of art.
There are many thousands of types of paper, ranging form rough cardboard to thin and textured papers. Paper may be bought in different colors or specially prepared. In this exercise I used 140 lb watercolor paper but feel free to give it a try with cheap paper, a simple sketching or pastel paper will work. The method that will be discussed can be used with even the cheapest and least durable papers and the end result will be a very long lasting work of art.

1. Prepare the paper:
All that is required are a number of layers of thin acrylic paint or medium on the paper. Three layers should be sufficient, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. The texture that you might like to create will be determined by the amount of acrylic paint or medium you apply. If you wish to retain the texture of the paper, a few thin layers of acrylic medium will be sufficient. with  this work I used thicker layers of gesso on my paper. You may also add elements or textures the paper to suit you needs. I like to use brush makes going one way then the other like the weave of canvas.,Once the medium or paint has dried your surface is essentially ready to be worked on.

2. Stretching paper
This means that the paper should be placed on a piece of hardboard and taped down with brown packaging tape.
3.Painting with oil based paints
One of the advantages of preparing paper with acrylic medium is that once the paper is protected or sealed by a firm layer of plastic acrylic, oil paint cannot enter the paper and rot it.Many famous artists have used this method to make rapid oil sketches of their subjects before doing a more detail painting on canvas.
* One important factor should be kept in mind when using oil on paper. Remember that you cannot use very thick oil on paper or you run the risk of very early cracking. Paper is a flexible base and if your oil paint is too deep or thick, the movement of the surface might create cracks. The best medium to use is just turpentine or mineral spirts

Give it a try and let me know hoe it turned out. email a picture of you work and link to you blog and I will post it.

Fishing Lures
oil on paper

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Work comes first

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
- Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012),

I started a state flower series a while back and then got off track doing other things and never finished. I am easily distracted because everything seems like a possible painting to me. The ideas buzz around in my head like wild bees. Today I ran across this floral painting of a Camellia the State Flower of Alabama. Like the quote at the top of the page: The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. It is summer and I love to paint flowers in watercolor in the summer so I am going to start the series again.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Inspiration comes at odd times

'Little Big Mountain' by Phyllis J. Henson

MOBILE, Alabama -- Inspiration comes at odd times, in many forms and almost any venue. Happenstance, a casually observed moment, a travel experience or something more mundane -- a trip to Home Depot or coffee and beignets on a table -- can result in marvelous things Read More

Morning Glories

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Toothache Chicken

Toothache Chicken

My friend Carol had a root canal performed the other day and she was in bed with a horribly toothache so I decided to make a card for her about it.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Give Me Poppies

Give Me Poppies
Give Me Poppies is a watercolor painting that is 12x9 painted on 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper. This water color painting can be purchased for $150.00  by clicking here

Cards are available in a package of 10 with the envelops.Click here to purchase.

Painting Demo Yellow Rose

Today I am doing a demo of a watercolor painting of a yellow garden rose.

I started with 200 lb cold pressed watercolor paper and drew where I wanted the rose to be.

I painted in some of the shadow colors first so I wouldn't love the shape of the flower as I added color washes to it.

I started adding some of the base colors and leaving high lights.

I load up my palette with lots of color so I don't run out.

I add the base steam color and the thorns.

I begin adding background washes to the painting.

I get darker at the bottom because I want the large rose to be the focus of attention in this painting.

The finished painting: A yellow rose click here to bid.