One rock in a photo does not give you the size. Only when it is among other rocks can you tell the size, bigger or smaller (scale). By putting one small rock in the foreground, the rocks are shown to be larger. Using smaller rocks in the background gives perspective. Nothing is added to the painting to tell you how big the rocks really are. That is for the viewer to decide. Are the rocks in the background small or large. Only when the painting is finished, if there is something to give the viewer something familiar can they decide the size of the rocks.
The Los Padres Watercolor Society Fall Show is being held at the Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center. The paintings I entered you may have seen already. Feather Catch and Canyon Wall. The show dates are October 3, 2014 to October 24, 2014.
1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Reception Wednesday, October 8, 5-7 PM
Fall is here and it is time to go to the pumpkin patch. Have a great time, but don’t forget to take pictures. These are treasured times to keep. Pick out a good size pumpkin to take home and carve a funny or scary face.
Some of the pumpkins in this painting have acrylic paint under the watercolor for a rich glow. The hay was created in layers from light to dark. Portions were masked before I applied each layer. This took a while as each layer had to dry, but the result was worth the time.
Friends 22×30 water media.
Sometimes you see a photo taken by a friend that you would love to paint. Just ask them if they would mind your use of the photo for reference. Be sure they know you are not painting it for them, but for your own collection, or for sale. If the photo was taken by a professional, get a signature of use document signed. Keep one for your files and have the professional keep one in their files. I fell in love with a photo taken by Rose Margaret Braiden of calla lilies. She was very happy to allow me to use it as the reference for this painting.