Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pond Lillies





Art by Delilah




Pond Lillies
Watercolor
9x12

Todays sketch is of a rose. I was trying to get that nice cup shape that a new rose that is just starting to open has.



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fish Bowl

Art by Delilah
Fish Bowl
9x12
watercolor


Some days I feel like I am in a fish bowl, just swimming around in circles getting no where. I worked for hours trying to get a video uploaded to youtube. Then I had all kinds of problems with new blogger grrrr! So like my fish I swam round and round.


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The sketch of the day:
Today I did a sketch of a tangerine with a leaf.

Perception of Edges – The Five Basic Skills of Drawing – Part 1

Edges
Image courtesy of Martin Moucha
This is the first in a series of posts looking at the Five Basic Skills of Drawing.
If you want to improve the accuracy and realism of your artwork, be it drawing, painting, sculpture, whatever, the best thing you can do is study the basic principles of drawing.
In her classic book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards defines the five basic skills of drawing as:
  1. The Perception of Edges
  2. The Perception of Spaces
  3. The Perception of relationships
  4. The Perception of lights and shadows
  5. The Perception of the Whole, or Gestalt
Let’s take a look at the first of those skills – The Perception of Edges – and see how it can help improve our drawing.

What is an Edge?

In drawing, an edge is a boundary that separates two areas.
We are all introduced to the concept of edges in drawing from an early age, when we draw lines to make simple shapes to represent people, houses etc.
Simple Line Drawing
A simple line drawing - Each line is a boundary (or edge) between two areas
The problem is, when viewing reality, very few edges actually appear as a solid line, like you would get from drawing a line with a pencil. Edges vary in their sharpness from very soft to very sharp, and we need to pay attention to that in order to achieve a realistic drawing.
Sharp vs. soft edges
Look at the range of softness to sharpness in the edges of this drawing
Of course, much of the realism is achieved through the use of value (light and shadow), which we will come to later. The accurate representation of lights and darks creates the illusion of depth which makes a drawing look realistic.
But even a drawing with perfectly accurate values will not look as convincing if all of the edges are equally sharp.
So what determines the sharpness or softness of an edge?
Sharp edges can be found in areas of high contrast, such as the sharp edge indicated above where the dark eyebrow meets the light skin . They are commonly found in cast shadows caused by strong, direct light, such as the shadow under the nose in the image above.
Soft edges are found on gentle curved forms, such as the cheek, and areas of low contrast, such as the edge where the hair meets the background. Soft edges are often seen when the light is not as harsh.

Creating focus through edges

We can use this knowledge of sharp and soft edges to create a more convincing illusion of depth, by softening certain edges to make them appear out of focus.
In reality, when we focus on a person’s face at talking distance, for example, only the area we are looking directly at will be in focus. The rest of the face is seen in our peripheral vision and will be slightly out of focus.
We can recreate this sense of focus to some extent in our drawings and paintings, by drawing sharp edges in the area we want as the focal point, and softening edges in the surrounding areas.
Soften Edges to Lose Focus
Hard edges create a focal point in the face, while the shoulder recedes into the background.
Look at the hard edge in the image above, where the light side of the face meets the dark hat, compared to the soft edge of the shoulder on the right, which blurs into the background, so that our eye is drawn to the face and not the shoulder.
Start paying more attention to the edges when you draw and paint. Don’t just draw everything as a solid outline, but look for sharp edges and soft edges, and think about what you want the viewer to focus on in your drawing.
Next time we will look at the perception of spaces. To make sure you don’t miss it, you can subscribe to email updates below.
If you have any questions about edges, please leave a comment below.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Swing TIme Poppies

Art by Delilah

Swing Time Poppies
9x12
Watercolor




Todays sketch is a little happy jumping.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb
9x6
watercolor



A page from my sketch book. Today I was studying eyes and their movement.  I don't do much figure drawing so I wanted to practice a little a friend has challenged so of us to paint a portrait a day for the month of May. I'm not sure if I will be able to do that many paintings. I will be traveling for the first few days of the month so I need to start working on the project now.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chicken and Daisy

Chicken and Dasies
watercolor
9x12
SOLD


I have a small sketch book that I do small drawings in. I keep them because I think I might like to work them into paintings. These paintings are usually oil paintings. I post my oil paintings on my painting of the day blog. Sometiems I use parts of what I have drawn other times it maybe the whole sketch.
Sketching is important to do and I have not been doing enough of it lately so I am going to post my sketch's here. These are just quick studies. Really there are warm ups or a way to jot down my thoughts.

 You will see as I post these that many times I have notes on the side as to colors and different ideas that I might have as to how I want to use them later.
I was out on one of my long runs this week, an 8 miler whens I headed into a cool shady park on the bayto get out of the sun. I ran into a group of plien air artist painting the beach. It was hot and I need a drink ( any excuses to take a break from the run) so slurping from my water bottle I went over to see what they were painting. I have never meant an artists who didn't love to talk about their work. The nice lady I started speaking to said, that she never takes her camera with her anymore when she paints. She does thumb nail sketches only; because it forces her to really look at what she is going to paint.Now that got me thinking.
I do sketches but I always use my camera too, maybe I depend on it to much? Am I losing something because of it. Things to think about.

Fish Art Painted in Watercolors

Trout Talk
Trout Talk, painting by Delilah Smith
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Trout Talk
9x12 watercolor on 200 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Magical Dragonfly

Magical Dragonfly
9x12
watercolor on 200 lb cold pressed watercolor paper



Pond

Lily Pond
Lily Pond, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Lily Pond
9x12
watercolor 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
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Objects of Beauty, leaves



Don't you just love the shape and feel of leaves? The way they are so tender green in the spring,shinny green in the summer,dripping dark green just before the fall frost hits and turn them to fire.All the shapes sizes such a wonderful subject to draw and paint.

Objects of Beaty
6x9
Watercolor

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Flurry of Feathers

Art by Delilah

 
A Flurry of Feathers
9x12
watercolor

To view my daily paintings done in oils go to my blog Painting of the Day where I post a new oil painting each day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dragonfly,Bee and Waterlillies



Water Lillies No 4
24x9
140 lb coldpressed watercolor paper

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Expression of Strawberries, watercolor painting

About this painting:

For the month of April I am giving away one of my paintings. I will have a drawing at the end of the month. To have your name entered to win simply make a comment on one of my blogs during the month. Each time you comment your name goes into the drawing to win. The more comments you make during the month the greater your chances to win.I will post the winner at the end of the month
Expressions of Strawberries
9x12

Red Strawberries

Red Strawberries
9x12
watercolor on 140 lb coldpressed watercolor paperAbout this painting:

For the month of April I am giving away one of my paintings. I will have a drawing at the end of the month. To have your name entered to win simply make a comment on one of my blogs during the month. Each time you comment your name goes into the drawing to win. The more comments you make during the month the greater your chances to win.I will post the winner at the end of the month
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Abstract Fish Demo

Fish or Cut Bait
Fish or Cut Bait, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Fish or Cut Bait
Watercolor on 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper
12x18
Media: watercolor
Size: 18 in X 12 in (45.7 cm X 30.5 cm)About this painting:

For the month of April I am giving away one of my paintings. I will have a drawing at the end of the month. To have your name entered to win simply make a comment on one of my blogs during the month. Each time you comment your name goes into the drawing to win. The more comments you make during the month the greater your chances to win.I will post the winner at the end of the month
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