The Magic of Photoshop®

blue shutters

While I’d love to be painting in the south of France in the springtime that’s not always possible (if ever). And while a fresh, white blanket of snow can be pretty, I’m not going out there to paint.

Hence the photographic reference comes into play.

This week’s eCourse Dreama tells us her photo had white shutters but she made them blue in Photoshop®. I also notice some of the flowers have been squiggled in with some color as well.

I do my best to compose in the camera, trying to get a paintable shot. Photoshop allows me to crop out and add elements to those not so perfect shots and work it out before I even get to the canvas. Every little bit helps.

The photo, after all, is not something to be copied, but a jumping off point for so much more.

Here is my “blue shutters” painting from week 6. #DreamLovePaint

It Can Make You Happy

blue jar

A huge winter snowstorm is a great reason to be inside painting. The 10″ of snow makes it quite bright outside in a basically black and white world.

My painting from week 5 of my eCourse is also bright, but very colorful and much more cheery than the blowing snow outside. It makes me happy to be reminded that Spring will come again and flowers will bloom. It makes me smile.

I was about to wipe out one area I didn’t like to repaint it, when I took a few steps back to have a look and saw it looked really good. Sometimes we are too close to something and we need some distance to see it clearly.

When I was just about finished I took a photo and was amazed at how a few problems stood out like a flashing lights. So a few more tweaks to take care of those and I’m happy.

A good reason to paint and a good reason to have art around me—it makes me happy.

Here is my flower painting from week 5. #DreamLovePaint

Wipe Out

blue chair

Week 4 of my eCourse and I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. Start out with thin paint, bold and bright, massing in the shapes. Then redefine the drawing with this handy tool, the Kemper wipe out tool. It has a pointy rubber tip on one end and a chiseled rubber tip on the other; it removes the paint from the surface.

Moving on to thicker more opaque paint with lively brushtrokes and a variety of colors allowing some of the layer below to show through.

If I fuss too much in one area, instead of blending it starts getting mushy, losing that lively quality, paint builds up, and it gets muddy.

The Kemper tool comes in handy here. I can wipe out a whole area back to the surface and start over. Oil paint stays wet for a long time allowing me to do that. Put back in the brights and be more attentive to the opaques. Way better than wiping out on a surf board.

Here is my blue chair painting from week 4. #DreamLovePaint

chair brights

 

Breaking Out Is Hard To Do

sunflower

Painting realistically is not hard for me. Pushing it to photo-realism is challenging but not impossible. (I used to think I could’ve been a forger.) But I find it tedious, and with cameras what they are today, why paint that way?

I want to make my art look like paint, show my brushstrokes and marks, and show my interpretation of the subject.

But breaking habits is not easy. This week’s painting of a sunflower proved that. When watching my eCourse DreamLovePaint video and Dreama said to “mass in the shapes of the petals”, boy I wanted to paint each and every petal!

This is going to take some practice.

Here is my sunflower painting from week 3. #DreamLovePaint

“Morning Exploring”

6x8
Morning Exploring

Plein air painting in a beautiful garden is already sweet, and having a little company makes it all the better. He doesn’t interrupt but he’s there for a pet if you need one.

“Morning Exploring”, acrylic on Gessobord panel 6×8″ unframed, is available by auction via www.DailyPaintworks.com starting at $60. SOLD

Does This Remind You of Anything?

Acrylic painting of pink peonies
Pink Peonies

Every Spring I have so much anticipation when my peonies start coming up, and this year they were so big! There were so many buds! It was going to be a bumper crop. When I first moved into this house these plants were on the side of the house. I immediately moved them to the back of the deck so I could see them every day. Some are pink and some are white with a blush of yellow-pink.

Then they burst into bloom and they are gorgeous! And the fragrance is more wonderful than any perfume you can buy. I took lots of photos (which means lots of paintings).

Then a heavy rainfall overnight and alas, they lie limp and wet, too heavy with rain to get up again.

This painting, 8×10″ acrylic on Gessobord panel, is available for $95. http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/andrea-jeris/pink-peonies/392069

photo of peonies buds
Anticipation
photo of peonies
Burst into Bloom
photo of flattened flowers
After the Rain

Doesn’t this remind you of something? I’m just saying.

Sweet Violets

In Michigan any break from winter weather is cause for shifting to spring jackets, washing the car, and general celebrating. My African Violet wanted to be the first flowers to burst into bloom and did so with great gusto.

I won this little beauty at my niece’s bridal shower 5 years ago. It was a lovely affair where a normally beautiful living room was transformed into an enchanting event for ladies to chat and laugh and tease the bride-to-be, with wonderful food and presents and these flowers on each table. The flowers became door prizes and I won one!

I didn’t think it would live 3 months. Never thought it would bloom again. When it finally did bloom again I had a feeling. I wondered if my niece, now married for a while, was pregnant. Yes she was! Wow. Those are some violets.

painting of African violets
Violets and Then Some

“Violets and Then Some” are like little ladies in big, fancy dresses and they are fluffing up their skirts. Can you just see them bending and shaking those dresses?

“Violets and Then Some” is available, 6×6″ acrylic on hardboard panel unframed. If you would like to purchase this painting, please send your bid by email. Starting at $50.00. SOLD

acrylic painting of African violets
Sweet Violets

“Sweet Violets” is just all about the purples.

“Sweet Violets” is available, 6×6″ acrylic on hardboard panel unframed. If you would like to purchase this painting, please send your bid by email. Starting at $50.00. SOLD.