Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Small Colorful Landscape Daily Painting of Mountain Stream in Oregon Forest

Forest Stream small colorful daily painting by artist K. Joann Russell

"Forest Stream"
3 7/8 x 5 7/8" acrylic on watercolor paper
$24.95 incl S&H 


A colorful original landscape painting of a mountain stream in a southern Oregon forest depicts the bright sunlight breaking through the forest. The idea for the painting originated from photos of fishing spots my brother and his wife, a fly fisherwoman, enjoy. There's nothing like fresh caught trout for dinner!

The composition contrasts the deep shadow areas with the grassy areas touched by the strong sunlight. The painting is full of rich green colors from yellow greens through blue greens. I painted the composition over an underpainting of bright greens. It is painted with acrylic paints on gessoed watercolor paper and measures 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches.

It is varnished and ready for you to frame in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Colorful Orange Poppies Daily Watercolor Paintings on Different Watercolor Papers

Colorful Orange Poppy Original Watercolor Painting by K. Joann Russell
"Orange Poppy"
5 1/2 x  3 1/2" Watercolor Pencil on Smooth Paper

Today we're comparing daily watercolor paintings on smooth and textured watercolor paper. Both small paintings were painted en plein air in my new garden using watercolor pencils on gessoed watercolor papers. 

The first colorful painting of an orange Iceland poppy blossom has a delicate look of a botanical drawing because of the pigment staying on the surface of the smooth paper, technically called "hot press" watercolor paper. With a water filled brush the pigment flows easily over the surface giving a washy look.

The second poppy painting below I painted with the same watercolor pencils but on a heavy textured watercolor paper which also had been gessoed. The pigment could easily collect in the indentations in the surface of the paper to give stronger colors when the wet watercolor brush touched the surface, technically called "cold press" paper. The hot and cold terms come from the finishing pressure in the formation of the paper mold.

Do you see the difference in the compositions? By the time I painted the second en plein air painting one of the petals had fallen from the poppy flower! Today the flower is gone in the heat of our unusually warm weather and a new blossom has burst from the bud! The challenge of en plein air painting is the speed at which the composition subject changes. This is not painting from photos or memory!

Watercolor artists, you may be asking why gessoed watercolor paper? A very simple answer: these two pieces of paper came from my stacks of gessoed papers that I use for small daily paintings using acrylics or oils.

Orange Poppy #2 Watercolor Original Painting by K. Joann Russell
"Orange Poppy #2"
5 7/8 x 3 7/8" Watercolor Pencil on Textured Paper 

Which style of watercolor painting do you like? Both of these small daily paintings are available in my Etsy shop at special prices to celebrate spring. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Small Landscape Painting of Rogue River Valley Oregon Using Muted Yellow Under Painting

"Down in the Valley"
Approx. 4 x 6" acrylic painting on watercolor paper
Free to first person to request it via e-mail

This small daily painting, "Down in the Valley", is a special offer for today, a Friday Surprise, if you will! All the colors are muted rather than my usual bright colors. I used an under painting layer of a yellow tending to yellow ochre. That beginning layer influenced the entire painting.

The colors of the limited palette included cerulean blue, burnt sienna, and green gold, an olive green color. I was challenging myself to use that green gold color which I do not like. My dislike is similar to that for chrome oxide green which I've written about on other posts.

The scene is from memory of hot summers coming over the hill near Gold Hill, OR into the Rogue River Valley. One of the famous Table Rocks is indicated at the left and Mt. McLaughlin shows in the distance with the equally famous Rogue River flowing near the base of the Table Rock. The painting is rendered in a stylized manner rather than exact realism or non-objective abstraction.

Once in a while I offer a free small painting to celebrate with a thank you the people who follow and collect my art. Use this link to request the painting for your collection orderdept@kjoannrussell.com   Visit my website for additional information.

Happy Friday! The rain has stopped and the sun has come out. Great weekend ahead. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Purple Pansy Colorful Painting of Beautiful Flower entitled "Pansy Portrait"

Painting of Beautiful Pansy Flower by K. Joann Russell

"Pansy Portrait"
9 x 12" acrylic on watercolor paper
$64.95 incl S&H

Today's original painting of a tiny purple pansy tucked in among its leaves is an acrylic painting on gessoed watercolor paper. This delicate purple flower drew my attention with its dark purple center and veins. The soft lavender color of the petals behind the center makes the purple color even more vivid. It was in my stash of unfinished paintings until this month!

The story behind the story is that this tiny flower, about 1 1/2" in diameter, survived and was a delight for me in a yard covered in rocks! I planted it at the base of a pitifully dried up small tree. Up close the petals were delicate and frilly on the edges. What a contrast to an arid rock landscape!

The painting comes to you unframed. It is varnished. If you use a white mat with this art in a frame it can be a stunning piece of original fine art.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Red Geraniums Small Colorful Painting of Beautiful Flowers

5 7/8 x 3 7/8" acrylic on watercolor paper
$24.95 incl S&H

Colorful red geraniums mean summer is coming to the Pacific Northwest! Today's daily painting celebrates the geraniums I've wintered over and divided yesterday for this year's garden.

The painting is approximately 4 x 6 inches, a perfect size for framing small art. The acrylic paints provide the rich red colors. The gessoed watercolor paper gives a pleasing texture to the painting.

More similar small paintings await your viewing in the small paintings section of my website.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Small Landscape Painting Colorful Mountain Lake in Spring

"Spring Lake"
3 7/8 x 5 7/8" acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper
$24.95 incl S&H

Today's daily painting is a colorful original landscape painting of a mountain lake in the spring time with sunlight shining into the forest. The idea for this small painting originated from memories of the lakes in the high Sierras of California, especially the blue and green colors of Lake Tahoe.

I painted this art composition over an underpainting of bright greens. It is painted with acrylic paints on gessoed watercolor paper and measures 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches.

The small painting is varnished and ready for you to frame in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed.

More landscape small paintings can be seen here.


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