Monday, September 6, 2010

Flower Gardens Colorful ACEO Using Watercolor Crayons




Colorful Flower Gardens ACEO Painting
2.5 x 3.5" Watercolor on paper

While looking for some special pencils I found my Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and decided to play with the colors. The top photo shows the color selections and the effects with water. The second photo is the ACEO that developed when I painted with these colors. I wanted to use all the colors I had rather than limiting my palette to only a few crayons.

Watercolor or Aquarelle crayons look similar to the familiar school crayolas, but these are pure pigment that dissolves in water. Because they are water soluble you can use wet and dry techniques in the same drawing/painting. A lot of crafters and scrapbook or journal book makers use these color sticks in their designs. It was a lot of fun playing with these crayons from a fine art vantage point. The ACEO seemed the most appropriate size for my explorations.

Yesterday when I was checking on the technical information for the crayons I happened onto a fabulous video on using them by one of my favorite artistdesigners Donna Downey. Click here for the link to the video. Ironically, I used these art materials a year ago at a weekend of workshops with Donna. She is so much fun and witty. Oh, her creativity! And how she so graciously shares it with others and encourages anyone to live creatively using any media.

To celebrate creativity on Labor Day, I'm offering this ACEO free to the first person to e-mail me to ask for it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Light Colors of Orange and Lime Green in Artistic Journal Sketch


Orange and Lime Green Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic on paper

Yesterday I mentioned that I had selected cadmium orange and Liquitex vivid lime green to play with color combinations for the next sketch. Oh, how I wish I had said three colors when I was in the middle of this color sketch. I just wanted a darker blue green to work with. However, I kept to the parameters I set for this sketch.

I used only a 3/4 inch angular flat brush to play with these colors. I naturally resorted to my watercolor habits of lifting colors and painting negatively. I did some layering of washes, too, to tone down the strong lime green.

Finally I doodled with my micro permanent black ink pen mostly in a negative manner. It is almost a hypnotic process with one caveat, one diastrous stroke and everything is ruined if you're not using "white out".

Negative painting, as you many remember when I've mentioned it in previous posts, is a technique in which you paint the background behind the object to produce the positive shape of the object. The best way to understand what this means is to draw a tree by drawing the spaces between the branches, not the branches themselves. Try it for a lot of fun. It's similar to patting your head while rubbing your tummy or seeing double.

My usual painting style tends toward strong color contrasts, so this light and airy high key sketch is very different for me. I feel it needs more "punch" to the composition, but I'm going to let it be what it is for this day. Maybe I'm expressing the dry grass lands around my present location, but I choose to interpret this sketch as a happy, joyful exploration of color. Have a happy Labor Day celebration!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Colorful Landscape Artistic Journal Sketch by K. Joann Russell


Landscape Color Sketch
5 x 8" acrylic on paper

Today I'm using an artistic journal sketch from Feb. 21 of this year because I think it fits the seasonal change into September in a river town. I didn't note on the journal page the few colors I used, so this is your opportunity to guess what three colors I mixed(probably only three because I always use a limited palette). I'll be most interested in your comments.

I've been busy with website revisions, so I didn't do much painting this week. I'd much rather be playing with colors than working with computers. However, the people visiting my website from every state except one in the USA and nearly 100 other countries this month according to the August stats wouldn't be able to enjoy my colorful paintings and decor prints without the internet technology.

Back to my paints to see what will come from my choices for today, cadmium orange and vivid lime green, popular in decor accessories.

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