Another plus you can contact Edwina May at cheap joes to get put in your favorite painters waiting lists if you can’t score a class.
My friend Mike aka Linda joined me in the zoom class. Even though she was in Raleigh and I was at mine it was almost like being in Boone in one of Fealings classes. We texted each other our paintings back and forth during our class breaks.
Loving these lazy summer days. I suppose I am having too much fun just lasting with the hubs yet around the house to bother painting. My bad right??
Last evening we were floating in the pool watching the swifts dart and dive overhead for their dinner. Who knew they did that??! Or maybe it was just a whole new view of them from below instead of from the deck?
Well the time has come to take a class from the famous Mary Whyte. Off to St Simons next week via Dick Blick class in Savannah to spend my gift certificates. You know I “need “ something. Right?
Best part will be hanging out with my friend Karen Schaaf who I haven’t seen since before covid. Karen recently got her NWS signature and will be in the next issue of Splash 22. We can say we knew her when. Met her at Cheap Joes taking a class from the late great Charles Reid. I think I have almost every book he wrote.
Thinking about repainting it since it looks off to me now. Nose too long and the mouth twitched to the side. And what’s with the light streak across her chin. Bytw mom did NOT like this painting. Never pout mom, never pout.
This is the photo the painting is based on taken on her 90th birthday. A friend said she was concentrating. Maybe so.
It has the baby’s name in one corner heart her parents in another, her dob in the third and place of birth in the last one.
Margaret under her quilt on the sofa who really needs to pack for her Mary Whyte class next week but heck I can do that tomorrow right?! Xoxoxo
Nothing better than walking by the Seine in Paris passing the barges under the fabulous bridges, Pont Alexander, and by such landmarks as Les Invalides and my fav – le tour Eiffel aka the Eiffel Tower.
A wild paintalong with Vlad. I bet his wife, his manager, has to wear track shoes to chase him around.
Vlads value sketch.
Seems I forgot to take a pic of my sketch. This is Vlads.
First wash. Almost done.
And the washes are piling up. Pointy brush w Paris grey to the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexander.
Sliding toward home. Pulling the masking off the boat lines and a few other whites I wanted to save.
Going to have to fix these lines now the masking gone. Can’t leave them stark white.
Looking better. Really need to work on softening my lines.
Notice the numbers have gone down. I counted today exactly 143 days since IT started. I had been using Gov Cuomos count. I guess NY started before Ga.
Today I decided to repaint Giverny on different paper with different paint. Paint along with Vladislav Yesileyev. I spent an hour this am talking to a customer service rep at Cheap Joes. Great guy, very helpful, stuck out in the boonies near Boone NC where Cheap Joes is located. We talked each other’s ears off.
The gist of the conversation was I don’t like my cream colored Fabriano rough because it’s c ream colored. Great paper except it’s NOT white. And it takes the brightness away from the watercolor.
Turns out there is Fabriano rough white. Some is wafting it’s way to me as I type.
So I pulled out that annoying arches 140 block. Did I say it’s bright white. Paper may be rotten but it was the right color.
It was taped up ready to Paint. I also used my Fealing Lin palette full of non Chalky Daniel Smith M Graham and lovely Holbein plus A bit of cheap Joes Andrews turquoise and his alizarin permanent.
I think the whole thing is much brighter due to the white paper and the paint. The bottom one is the one from today. Top is the Fabriano cream w Lukas paint.
I should have listened to my friend Mike abt Lukas paint. Best I can say is it’s cheap.
I splattered the flowers while the green was wet like Charles Reid used to do. I may had a bit of pink w some gouache.
I also got better darks w my regular paints than I can ever get w the Lukas.
Wild storm tonite. Power out again. Sigh.
Goodnite all Margaret and Zoe tucked up in bed. Xoxoxo
Pronouncing this one done. I added lines to the sidewalk and stone effect. A few whites with Gouache. More reds on the taillights for sparkle. More black lines. Adding details here and there to improve contrast.
Paint along with Vladislav Yesileyev1/4 sheet Fabriano rough press. Lucas wc paint which I think gives a cloudy effect.
Last time. Can you tell the difference???
I am told this looks just like Giverny. When we were in France we didn’t go because it was closed. Closes in Nov I think.
But we went to Auvers where Van Gogh painted his last 6 months and finally died. It still looks just like it did when he lived there.
Do you know if you had gone to Van Gogh funeral you could have taken home one of his paintings.
I painted this during a five hour long class with Vlad on drawing cars which I draw a lot and people ditto that. He always brings something new and fresh to the table that you have never thought of.
I worked on making the people walk in different directions. I think they look better now. Added a lot darks. A few more lamp posts. A flag. Darkened the church towers. Lots of darks. And a few highlights.
Paint alongs with Vladislav Yesileyev
Got this lovely treat Paris in The Rain by Vlad Yesilesev in the mail today. When I looked at it I realized I needed to go a lot darker with my blacks. And whiter w my whites so today I cheated and used masking fluid to reserve some whites.
My painting Gypsy is posted in the virtual exhibit from the Transparent Watercolor Show of America. No prize but some really famous watercolor painters didn’t get one either. Exciting just to be in it.
Some gorgeous paintings. You won’t see more beautiful watercolors anywhere. Sometimes I impress myself. I am in a show with John Salminen and Ted Nuttall. OMG!!
And Linda Baker the pourer from Charleston aka she only pours her watercolor painting. Messy messy but gorgeous. Dean Mitchell. I am in top company. All of these people get to teach at Cheap Joes. Hmmm. Brenda Swenson is another one.
Margaret who better go to sleep. She has to be up early. Xoxoxo