Friday, April 20, 2018

The Artist's Creative Journey & GRAPES

Watercolor - 11x15

The first step in the artistic journey is to develop a high degree of ability and skill in your media of choice. Learn how to use the brushes, mix colors and apply the paint to the paper. Get comfortable with the actual act of painting - practice, practice, practice.

The second stage is to start to looking more closely at the visual structure of the subject you are painting. How is it formed, what color is it and what values need to be used to replicate it on paper.?What makes that particular subject visually exciting and intriguing? 

The third stage of your creative development is to decide how to help the viewer experience that particular visual and emotional moment that you want to capture in your art. Use creative colors for your subject, exaggerate certain visual properties like texture and shape. Develop an exciting composition by using a value pattern that leads the eye of the viewer through the painting. Be bold, play, explore and experiment! 

This every evolving artistic process is a very personal one and lasts a lifetime. The creative possibilities are endless and help motivate the artist to continue learning from each and every painting experience that they have.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Winter Scenes and Watercolor Batik

Watercolor Batik - 12x18

We are definitely past true winter weather but we have been having unseasonably cold temperatures for the month of April. Here are two watercolor batiks of winter scenes that I worked on over the Christmas holidays and am just now getting around to posting.

Watercolor batik is similar to the age old fabric batik process but painted on fibrous rice paper instead of cloth. Melted wax is applied to the areas that I want to stay white and then I start painting in the lighter colors of the composition. The wax is then used to protect these lighter areas and the process of painting and waxing is repeated until the entire piece is covered. The wax is them ironed off and the final result is always a unique and creative piece of art.

Watercolor Batik - 12x18

Monday, April 16, 2018

Leave a Little Mystery!

Watercolor on rice paper - 10x18 

The famous french artist Edgar Degas was regarded as one of the founders of impressionism. He felt that a 'painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.'

When painting with watercolor you can take advantage of applying color to wet paper to create soft, dreamy shapes for that sense of mystery. You can also limit your use of hard edges when you come back into the painting and start defining your shapes. Painting on rice paper also allows for less control and more vagueness in your final piece.

Friday, April 13, 2018


Watercolor - 11x15

'The Lighthouse of the Lord 
beckons to all as we sail the seas of life.'

~ Thomas S Monson ~

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Time To Defrost Your Sketchbook

Watercolor - 11x15

I saw this post from Sketchbook Skool and thought it was perfect!

Defrosting My Sketchbook

Winter is the time I hunker down and wrap myself in my imagination. I brew up stout, steaming mugs of tea, pile up old photo albums and dogeared magazines, then draw long-forgotten faces and wrinkled views of distant, sunny  lands.

But, ahhh, Spring is finally nigh and I can creep out of my burrow to re-engage with the world.  It’s high time to stop Google Imaging inspiration and dust off my folding stool, my portable palette, my rucksack full of pens and pencils.

 Winter is the time I hunker down nd wrap myself in my imagination. I brew up stout, steaming mugs of tea, pile up old photo albums and dogeared magazines, then draw long-forgotten faces and wrinkled views of distant, sunny  lands.

I buy a fresh new sketchbook. It’s a Leuchtturm1917 Medium Hardcover, 96 pages of 180g Brilliant White Paper with a scandalously, shockingly pink cover. It’s just perfect to record Easter and cherry blossoms, Peeps and newborn bunnies.

I may not use a single, dreary, scratchy black pen till summer.

Instead I’ll draw with highlight markers and pastels. I'll grab pigment sticks and the softest, plumpest watercolor pencils Caran d’Ache makes. I’ll splash around dazzling spring showers of Dr. Ph. Martins Radiant Concentrated Watercolor.  I’ll collage with felt and downy feathers,  press jonquils between my pages.

In Spring, my sketchbook is reborn. And with it, so am I.

 Danny Gregory