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Alice L Lemke

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on: July 27, 2014, 03:18:19 PM
Hi! I'm starting a painting following Brenda Swenson's video "Negative Painting with Watercolor" from Cheap Joe's Art Stuff (http://www.cheapjoes.com/negative-painting-with-watercolor-dvd-by-brenda-swenson.html).

I always do several thumbnails and a value sketch so I can be familiar with the subject.  I decided to use the Buckeye tree in my yard as my subject instead of the pomegranates that she uses in the demo. 

It took me about an hour with Prismacolor pens and white charcoal to do this.


Now my dilemma, my oldest daughter just came in and started laughing at the Buckeyes! She says they are "funny looking" I know what she means, but are they funnier than pears? I was thinking of doing figs as we have one of those, too, but the fruit is very small compared to the leaves. We do have a pomegranate bush down at the bottom of the yard - I just trekked down there and that one has such teeny-tiny leaves,  it's not anything like the demo.

What do you think, are buckeyes too "funny?" Well, funny or not, here is the final watercolor:


12.25"x9" Arches 300 lb CP block. Colors: Quin Gold, Quin Burnt Orange, Carmine, Fr. Ultr. Blue, Winsor Violet, Undersea Green (Daniel Smith). 11-7-2014.

« Last Edit: November 07, 2014, 09:48:42 PM by Alice L Lemke »
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Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 04:43:40 PM


I like your 'buckeye' tree/shrub. 

I am with you this subject is usual and not often chosen, it should make
 for a very interesting painting.   Your the Artist you make the decisions!!!!  :painting:

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Reply #2 on: July 27, 2014, 04:49:55 PM
Hmm... I've never seen a buck eye so it all looks good to me.

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Reply #3 on: July 27, 2014, 05:08:35 PM
If the subject is something you want to do do it.


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I like the thumbnail.
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Reply #4 on: July 28, 2014, 01:54:35 AM
Alice, I've never seen a buckeye tree... but it looks somewhat similar to the nutmeg tree which I am familiar with. That being the case, your drawing looks perfectly fine to me.  O0 

So I guess between your buckeye, and when I paint my nutmeg.... we may both just have funny looking trees!  ;D

Personally, I'd love to see this painted. I think you're on the way to a winner.  :clap:
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Reply #5 on: July 28, 2014, 02:51:03 AM
Oh boy, we have loads of buckeyes, never thought of them as 'funny', although you can play with them very well.

Looks like a great subject to me! Go for it!!!


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Reply #6 on: July 28, 2014, 07:03:41 AM
I think this could work, Alice. Having grown up in Ohio--The Buckeye State--I am familiar with them. The buckeyes there had spikey outer shells. Do yours?

Perhaps one challenge would be figuring out how to make the colors interesting, since everything is naturally so brown and green.

I really enjoyed Brenda Swenson's video and, like you, also hope to do another painting following the method she demonstrates in the pomegranate painting. I don't think it matters all the much if the leaves don't really match those of real life, since this sort of style is more expressionistic.
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Reply #7 on: July 31, 2014, 11:12:39 AM
Thanks, everyone! I've really enjoyed the responses! What did you ever paint that turned out looking like something else - maybe an unintended ... symbol? I forgot to say that my daughter is 30, not 10, and that's why she thought it was so LOL. 

The California Buckeye has smooth skin and I am taking liberties with the seasons.

I think I will have one of the Buckeyes drop out of the skin to make it more interesting.
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Reply #8 on: August 01, 2014, 12:02:29 AM
A dirty mind is a joy forever  :2funny:, but when you add a spickey one, maybe she gets other ideas about them...
And when painted, the colours will help to make it real buckeyes.


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Reply #9 on: August 05, 2014, 08:54:58 PM
That's true! When I get the colors on it will look much better. I almost bought an abstract-ish painting once, then I suddenly saw a Grouper Fish instead of the mountain that was intended. After that, I could only see the fish.  I'm glad I didn't get that painting!
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Reply #10 on: August 06, 2014, 03:47:50 AM
That's true! When I get the colors on it will look much better. I almost bought an abstract-ish painting once, then I suddenly saw a Grouper Fish instead of the mountain that was intended. After that, I could only see the fish.  I'm glad I didn't get that painting!

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Reply #11 on: November 02, 2014, 12:35:04 PM
"California Buckeye Fantasy" shows 2 seasons of the Buckeye in one as the pods are popping right now, but there have been no leaves on the trees since early summer.


I really like working with negative shapes and reverse painting - I think I'll do it more of it as I don't see anyone in this area painting like this.  It's exciting to see things emerge from the paper that are unexpected using unconventional colors for ordinary things.

This was done completely from sketches and using reference photos as just that - references. There was no copying of a photograph, or even much planning of the placement of the leaves. I did follow a value sketch plan and used my value drawing.
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Reply #12 on: November 02, 2014, 12:46:47 PM
Alice just saw this. I like your colors. Very well done.  :clap: :clap: :clap: I have seen some videos on negative painting. But I think you are doing a fantastic job.


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Reply #13 on: November 02, 2014, 12:49:18 PM
Alice,

GORGEOUS - GORGEOUS - GORGEOUS.

The array of colors is so beautiful.

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Reply #14 on: November 02, 2014, 01:18:46 PM
Brilliant piece Alice. Beautiful colourings and wonderful depths. I agree with you, you should do more of this type. Excellent job.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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