Poppies

Poppies. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11″x14″

I have a new lighting and camera setup in the studio and so it had to be tested and what better than a couple of poppies. I started by breaking down the blooms into light and shadow and then layered over the subtle crinkles of the poppes. Tried very hard to not overwhelm the overall lights and shadows otherwise all is lost and any three dimensionality evaporates. The background foliage went in in two layers and a used the darks to bring the petals forward and define the overall shape of the flowers. Just about got away with it and managed to stop fiddling before everything was ruined.

There’s also a video of the whole thing in all the gory detail.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

What a fun painting to do! Enjoyed all of this and I had the video cameras going too so it will up on youtube in the near future. A lot of careful color mixing which paid off and some nice splattering and wet iin wet color mixing in the castle walls. Very happy with this.

Here is the first part of the video – the planning, color matching and drawing stages.

And here’s the second part – the actual painting.

Sunflower Workshop

Sunflowers. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Phew! Another video lesson this afternoon and it was pretty intense. Flowers are tough at the best of times and require a huge amount of concentration. I’m exhausted! Everyone did really well – congrats to Cathy, Meredith, and MaryJo!!

Mine came out tighter than I would usually do but for me that is always the case when talking through a painting. I may touch this up and finish it off later.

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Post Road Art

Rose Painting Experiment – Finished and now with Video!


My lovely husband set up the fancy microphone and camera to test out video today. Some people in my class like to see demos but I don’t want to take up too much of their time with me painting. So we thought about videoing me at home and I can then give them the links. Very much a work in progress but I was pretty happy with how this one turned out. We’ll keep going and work out the wrinkles as we go.

And I managed not to ruin the painting too. A good days work.

Horse Sketch

I have a commission that I really want to do a good job on.   Well of course I always want to do a good job but this one is, ummm, tricky.    Horses.   Horses with riders.   Not straightforward and even Mr Zbukvic says horses are the most difficult things on the planet.  So today was horse sketching day.     Not fantastically successful but progress is being made.   

And we have a video!    First time doing a time lapse on the iphone.   This was very professionally propped up on a coffee mug next to the water jar and came out well considering.

It’s very strange to watch this.   It looks like I just draw things and then color them in straightforwardly.    It is abolutely nothing like that in real life.    It’s a constant stream of decisions, problem solving,  mistakes,  going over stuff.     Also – next time shoot from the left hand side.  Will have to get the tripod out.