I found this really neat software app (free) from Golden that lets an artist mix Golden Paints right on the computer screen. Shortly, after, I saw the same app described in another blog called, “The Art Inquirer”. Rather than recreate the wheel, I’m going to try to paste the link to that article from The Art Inquirer here. Click here to see that article.
One of my latest paintings was the beginning of some more unusual backgrounds, such as in the following two paintings:
Both of these paintings began with wet acrylic paint roughly laid on the top and middle of a wet canvas, and then sprayed with water to form drips. The drips are prominent in the Hibiscus painting. I used compressed air to a greater extent on the wet background blue paint of the painting with the bird, rose, and butterfly.
After painting on the abstract backgrounds, I placed different items on the paintings, as if they were collages, in a way, rather than forming some sort of scene.
My internal jury is still out regarding whether I want to continue with this type of background or stick with a more traditional background where the location of the sun has sway over a background of essentially one color going from dark to light in various places, much like the following bird painting. for more images, please see either the Gallery or the paintings on the main page of this website: www.visualgemsstudio.com.
Today I made my first “How To” video on YouTube. My previous videos have been about my process of painting or creating a particular piece of jewelry. This time, for each section of the new bird painting that I am doing, I am videoing the process with instructional information on how to do the painting. My first video is about the background and how to blend in the colors to make the backdrop for the particular bird I am currently painting. For the next videos, I will tape how I paint the tree trunk, the bird beak and eye, and the feathers.
In the beginning, when I had a few paintings for sale on my website, I coded my website so that it would show a linear list of my paintings. But now, the number of paintings that I have for sale has grown – too much for a linear list. So I have revamped my website so that all the thumbnail images of the paintings are in a multi-row/multi-column table. From there, it’s just one hope to find out all about each painting, including price, large images, descriptions, and videos where available.
I just finished another bird painting. I’m quite pleased with this one. The bird is a 4 inch Lucy’s Warbler, sitting on the branch of a cherry blossom tree.With the inclusion of this painting to my website, I’m thinking that my website will need overhauling in not too long a time. I have my entire list of paintings on one page, and I think I will have to start categorizing things. For instance, birds under a heading of Wildlife. Maybe a People heading and a Places heading. I think I’ll need a Science Fiction and a Surreal. Some paintings may have to go under multiple headings. I’ll probably decide how to do this after my WordPress online class in July.
Today, I published my first video of my artwork. This was a piece, approximately 10 minutes long, on the process involved in one of my more advanced pieces of jewelry: a necklace and earring set called, “Autumn Leaves.” I uploaded it to facebook: www.facebook.com/velvet.tetrault and to my website host, but I have not yet posted it on my website Visual Gems Studio until I actually finish the necklace – probably no more than a week from now.
I was afraid that I would have too many “umms” during my recitation of how I was creating the jewelry, so I tried to speak slowly so that short silences would take the place of “umms”. In general, I think it worked.