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Gosh I like Gouache!

Posted in art, Gouache, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Pastels, Watercolors with tags , , , , on May 28, 2018 by sebland

imageI’m planning an art retreat in September for my Art Chix and a Dude, and wanting a minimal amount of supplies. I like the convenience of watercolor, but it can be challenging. I decided to try gouache, and boy do I like it, for lots of reasons. First, it’s opaque, so you can paint over your mistakes. Second, even 24 hours later, you can put a wet brush to your dry palette and pick up nice juicy color. Economical! The colors blend beautifully so you don’t need a ton of paint. It flows easily, thin or thick. Cleanup is easy. If you make a miscue, it lifts with a damp brush. I’m liking it so much I think I’ll paint a sample a day. Anybody want to pick up some art work  at a bargain price? 5 x 7 matted for an 8 x 10 frame.  Lovely colors, new every day,!

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Coping with Commissions

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , on January 14, 2018 by sebland

To be really honest, I’m not terribly comfortable about commissions. I have enough trouble bringing my own ideas to the canvas, much less trying to interpret another person’s visions. This one, however, is quite large and I know and trust my patron’s faith in me, so I’m taking it on. The space is wide – six feet, but only 26″ tall, so we’ve settled on three 24 x 24″ canvases, side by side. She loves bright colors, lots of friends around her, and just lost her husband, so this one  must be a narrative of the joy of life and the way we love and support one another. My way to begin is to sketch with watercolor the feelings, the emotions and some of the things I know she’s looking for. Then I’ll prime and begin in acrylics to paint the panels. This triptych may take a little while and may undergo many changes. I invite you to travel along with me and we’ll see where this one takes us. I’ll bet the finished product will bear little resemblance to this first sketch!

There’s Something About a Sunrise

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Pastels, Southwest with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by sebland

A South Texas sunrise always feeds my soul. Even a cloudy, foggy, rainy day is full of promise, but I especially love the sunrises when we have color. Once a friend told me she’d never seen a yellow sky. That evening, we had a storm, followed by the most beautiful yellow sunset I’d ever seen! Whether, red, orange, yellow, purple, even a bit of turquoise dawns outside my window, I’m waiting for it. This little piece, done in pastels, reminds me that no matter how dark the night, morning will come. And if you’re lucky, it will be gifting you with all the colors of a Master Painter. Look for it and remember to be grateful for those good things of life we often take for granted! This little 8 x 10 is available on my new gallery page: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/763871

Lying Down in Green Pastures

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on October 10, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegI’ve spent some time recently memorizing some of my favorite Scriptures. Psalm 23 gave me a bit of trouble trying to remember which verse came before or after the next. To my great delight I realized before the Shepherd leads me beside the still waters, He makes me to lie down in green pastures. Isn’t that neat? Before I do anything else, I get to rest! And I get to eat! I don’t know what or if you have a faith, but I do know as an artist, you share some of my weaknesses. One of them is the challenge of creating when the energy evaporates. There are ways to revive that creativity, but sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to lie down in those green pastures. If your muse has run off with a traveling salesman, let me encourage you to take a little time away. If your dreams seem far away, give yourself a little “downtime” – Find yourself some green pastures, pull back from “30 paintings in thirty days,”  take a deep breath, and rest. You’ll come back ready to meet your deadlines and wrap up those projects with renewed energy. At least it seems to work for me!   This little reminder is available at my gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/s-e-bland/green-pastures-/628204

Learning to Paint a Wave

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2017 by sebland

A THOROUGHLY BLUE DAY

There’s an old saying that goes: “You can’t teach without learning.” I think that is true.

A while back I was teaching at a local crafts store and one of the students asked me how to paint a wave. Knowing that I had a lot to learn, I visited a number of instructional sites and found there really was a formula for how to paint that wave breaking. I won’t fill up your time with a step by step, but I will advise you to do a search and find some good how-to’s on line. This one came out pretty well, and my students enjoyed the exercise. So did it! So, if you want to learn something try teaching. There’s always more to art than you ever imaged! Just show up and you’ll find something new, all the time! Thank you, Lord, for the internet! By the way this painting is acrylic on watercolor paper and is available at my new gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/758356

 

 

Cooling it – On the Rocks

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Pastels with tags , , , , , , on October 2, 2017 by sebland

ON THE ROCKS

Living in the Texas Hill Country was always a dream of mine, and I’ve been delighted since we moved here several years ago. The friends and neighbors, the rivers and streams, the sunrises and sunsets have all been delightful and thrilling. Still, this land-locked person loves and misses the cool salty air from the ocean. We’ve made numerous trips to the Gulf, the East Coast, the West Coast, Alaska, and points in between, but on a warm autumn day my thoughts still head to the ocean. I love the smell, the sounds, the breeze and the excitement of watching each new wave break on the rocks. I’m playing with pastels for the first time, and had a good time painting this small work. Hope you like it, too. It is available at my new gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/s-e-bland/on-the-rocks/626656.

The Gathering

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting with tags , , , on September 29, 2017 by sebland

imageOne of the joys of being an artist is the journey. You have this lovely blank canvas and you begin to play with colors and shapes, textures and ideas, and things begin to happen! This piece began with an exploration of mediums, modeling paste, iridescent paints and several paint overs. Students in my studio made suggestions – some were helpful, and the women of my tribe appeared. The client who bought this kept saying: “More bling! More bling!” So in a spirit of playfulness, we gave it more bling. I hope you like this piece as much as I do.

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