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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Family Beach Walk Painting Father Children Watercolor Art

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173400031/beach-family-seashore-ocean-father-dad?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames
 
I love getting commissions for portraits at the beach! This painting was created from cherished family photos. Since I totally enjoy painting beach scenes, this was a delight to do. Colorful clothes, shadows across the water and sand, reflections in the water, never-ending waves, along with a beautiful sky, perfectly captures this family's wonderful memory of a meaningful vacation!
 
 
 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Autumn Leaves Watercolor Painting Process


I guess that I just couldn't get enough of the leaves! As you can see, there were lots of leaves to choose from. I took a number of photos, two of which I included here.

 
From the photos, I sketched in the leaves and then added my watercolors, making sure to vary the tones within each. This is just the first “layer” of color. Since this is a painting, I am not necessarily tied to the actual colors or positions of the leaves in the photos. For this particular painting, I decided that the composition looked better turned upside-down! The large yellow shape at top felt “heavy.”
 
 
Once that decision was made, I added other leaves where they were needed.

 
A second major change was to “delete” the green leaf in the center. It was way too distracting, so I lightened as much color as I could by “lifting” it with a brush, water, and blotter. Then I added another leaf over part of the former green blob. I have to constantly keep in mind the shapes of the “negative spaces” between the leaves for when I add the background.
 
Next, I decided to feature the leaves on still-green grass. I intended to show bits of twigs as I had in my previous smaller painting. But for this one, I felt that they were too distracting with so many more leaves in this painting.

  
 
Finally, I completed the background by adding a few layers of greens and blues to give it depth. You can see by comparing these last two photos that I’ve painted over many of the distracting twigs. Now your eyes can focus on the beauty, textures, and colors of Autumn Leaves! Enjoy!

“Autumn Leaves II”
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Autumn Leaves Watercolor Painting Art

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167864029/autumn-leaves-art-print-painting-of?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=leaves
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
SORRY, SORRY, SORRY! I just couldn't help myself! The earlier leaf painting below looked good, but not great. I went back and made the background a richer mingling of blues and greens to make the leaves "pop!" Was this an improvement? ...or am I the only one who sees this? 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167864029/autumn-leaves-art-print-painting-of?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
The colors and shapes seem endless as I look at the leaves that have fallen from my trees this autumn! I love the curled edges, the great shapes of the holes, and the patterns of one leave on another!
 
My new painting is a tribute to this glorious time of year!
 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Holiday Gift Certificate for Fine Art Print of Original Watercolor Painting

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167567211/52-dollar-art-print-gift-certificate?ref=shop_home_feat

Not sure what to give this holiday season, but are sure that the recipient will love a Fine Art Print of my Original Watercolor Painting from my shop? Here's the answer - A Gift Certificate for any 16x20 matted print!!

This takes the guesswork out of choosing the ideal gift for family and friends!

Selecting from the Sports Series for athletes is easy, just select from
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbaraRosenzweig?section_id=11890447

...but maybe not for the others on your list. Gift Card Certificates are great for that reason!

When you purchase the Gift Certificate, you can opt to receive an actual gift card in the mail or have an emailed pdf to print and give as a gift. This entitles the person you give it to, to choose any matted 16x20 Fine Art Print from my Etsy Shop. If it's offered in the smaller matted 11x14 size, I can make it in the 16x20 size for them.

Bonus!! FREE GIFT WRAP

If you do not want the physical gift card mailed to you, please put that in the note to buyer and include your email address. I will email you the pdf to print (as appears in the listing photo). Both will include complete instructions on how to redeem the Certificate.

The archival print of my original watercolor painting will arrive to your recipient's home as an 11x14 print in a 16x20 white, bevel cut mat, enclosed in a clear protective plastic sleeve ready for easy framing. It fits into a standard 16x20 frame.

If you would like a Gift Certificate in any other amount, simply convo me and I will set up a customized listing just for you!

This Gift Certificate is valid only in my Etsy shop and it is only redeemable here.
 
 

 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Monarch Butterfly Painting Art Print of Original Watercolor

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166839979/monarch-butterfly-painting-art-print-of?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
It seems that I just can't get enough of painting this fabulous butterfly! I'm lucky to have the Asclepias plant in my garden. It's a milkweed that the Monarch loves and I, too, love it for its bright yellow and orange colors. You can see that I like to fade out the flowers to better feature the butterfly. I chose this "pose" to paint because its wings were partly closed showing the beautiful markings there.
 
Here's my other Monarch Butterfly painting with the wings open. Do you have a preference? It seems that there were fewer Monarchs around this summer. Have you seen that difference, too?
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154764254/monarch-butterfly-art-print-reproduction?
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

White Hibiscus Flower Watercolor Painting

© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 
I had so much fun making the many shadows on my "Yellow Hibiscus" watercolor painting (http://barbararosenzweig.blogspot.com/2013/04/yellow-hibiscus-flower-art-print-of.html), that I knew one day I would paint a white hibiscus! That "day" has come (it actually took quite a long time to create this) and you can check out the results for yourself.
 
As you can see, the brilliant shadows really stand out against the white petals. I love vibrant, rich color! To create this "Mingling" effect, place the first color at one corner of the shadow and, while it is still wet, quickly clean your brush, load with another color, and lightly touch the edge of the brush to the previous color. Then watch the magic begin as the paints blend to form wonderful patterns! Continue this process until the shadow is complete and use this method wherever the mingling works best for the painting.
 
I became so fascinated with this process and its wonderful results, that I created an entire series of painting using ONLY the Mingling technique. You can see this in my experimental Sports Series. https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbaraRosenzweig?section_id=11890447 
 
Even if you don't consider yourself an artist, grab a children's watercolor set or get one at the dollar store, and just have fun trying this out!
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Grey Horse Portrait Painting Watercolor Art

© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames
  
I don't know if you remember a TV show called "Mr. Ed (1961-66)," but I do! I was thinking of it while painting this horse portrait and the thought of it kept bringing a smile to my face, especially as I painted its eyes. I almost felt as though it was coming alive and was ready to speak to me, like it did on TV!
What were your memories of this show?
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tropical Beach Paradise Tiki Resort Painting

© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig
Original Watercolor Painting
8x10 $190

I have to say, I love being at the shore! I can't seem to get enough of it - whether it's walking the beach, watching children play there, listening to the sound of the relentless surf, observing the wildlife, being mesmerized by fantastic sunsets, or feeling a wonderful sense of calm descend on me every time I'm there.
 
This latest beach painting is of a little Tiki bar located right on the beach. I was fascinated by the wonderful silhouette shapes created by the palm thatching of the Tiki umbrellas, the chair rungs, and the rocks. My goal, which I know is unattainable, was to capture the feel and look of the glowing sun as it was about to set.
 
What are your favorite beach memories?
 
 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ice Hockey Sports Athlete Painting


© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames 
 

Ice Hockey has always been a fast-paced sport that I really enjoyed! I tried to capture the motion, strength, and competitive nature of this athlete. Here, like in the others in my Sports Series, I used my mingling technique to create a unique portrait of  this sportsman.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Boy Child Play in Park Painting - Finished!

 
© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames
 
I just love painting children! After chasing this fast-moving tyke all over historic Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Park, I finally stopped and found him on his tippy-toes trying to reach into the water fountain!

In my earlier posts, you saw the process and techniques of laying out all of the parts of the painting. This is the most challenging and time-consuming part -bringing the painting to life!


 
My first task was to add layer upon layer of greens and hematite black (a granulating watercolor paint that is perfect for stone) to all of the stone work. This creates depth and a sense of age.
 
Next, I had to create the copper trim around the water fountain with its lovely turquoise patina. I used some unlikely colors - maroon, purple, burnt sienna, blue, and yellow, until they gave me the result that I was looking for. I had to be careful to leave the white of the paper showing where the light hit the copper.
 
Then on to the little boy! Here, you can see that I lightened the crown of the head to bring out his white blond hair in the sun. Around the back of his uplifted head, I darkened the hair where it would be in shadow.
For the shirt, I added thin, short lines of purple into the stripes to give it more punch. Also, adding pale blue and purple in the shadows in the folds made the shirt look like it was twisted on his body.
 
For the jeans, I used a variety of blues, as well as purple, to build up the color, darkening in the folds and lifting the color where the light hit the tops of the folds. To "lift" color, I use a slightly moistened thin brush, gently stroking the area where I want the color removed. The I use a clean paper towel to blot the spot. I used this technique for the stitching around the pockets and the seams.
 
 
Next, I needed to correct the right foot. It looked like it was flat on the ground, but the heel should be lifting. I changed the angle of the heel, shortened the toe, and darkened the shadow below it closest to the heel. As you read this, you can see from the photo above if any of these changes improved the painting.
 
Now for a decision. When I saw the little boy at the fountain, he had a ball in his right hand. Although I did start to paint it, I felt that it didn't add anything to the painting. I decided instead to make his hand grasp onto the rim of the water fountain appearing as though he was really trying to pull himself up.
 
Now for the final step! Once the wall above the fountain was sufficiently mossy and "aged," I added the lettering that appeared there, "Drinking Fountain erected by Flower Market Association 1921."
 
I hope that you enjoyed and learned about the many decisions, techniques, and choices that I make throughout this process. Painting for me is both a challenge and a joy!
 

© 2013 Barbara Rosenzweig, Watercolor Painting
11x14 matted to 16x20 $52
8x10 matted to 11x14 $37
sold matted for standard size frames



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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watercolor Child Portrait Process in Progress

Oops! I got so absorbed in painting today, that I forgot to take a photo during much of the process!
 
To see the earliest stages of this painting
 
 
 
Today, I worked on layering more color on the stone to give it depth, darkened the inside of the fountain, and started the scrollwork under it. In creating the copper on the rim of the fountain, I started with a pale coppery color and will build it up later.
 
When I paint, I try not to go into an area that is still wet, since it can make what's called "blossoms." Sometimes you want this type of unpredictable pattern, but for most of my painting here, I want to control the flow of the paint. So while the paint is drying in one area, I'll work on another.
 
Now for the hair. The initial yellow was just to give me a sense of where the hair was and approximate color. What I did now was to lighten the yellow by using a moistened brush and lifting and blotting the color until it was a very pale yellow. Next, I mixed light shades of brown to start giving some texture to the hair. It is not done yet, but I will leave it for now.
 
Next, the arms. Using rose, yellow and a bit of blue, I laid in the colors at the sides of the arms to start giving a roundness to them. Not done yet.
 
Looking at the tiles, I saw that they still needed toning down so that they will not be the focal point of the painting and pull the eye away from the boy. I used a combination of colors to create a black wash that I put over the tiles, as well as darken the metal grate under the boy's feet.
 
 
 To create the folds on the boy's jeans, I focused on created the shapes of dark and light colors. That's enough for one day!

 
 
 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Child Portrait Watercolor Painting Process and Techniques - Continued

Now we're well into the UGLY stage!
I keep my reference photo handy to check to see if the shapes and placements are accurate.

 
I started to put the scrollwork under the fountain and tone down the bright tiles with a wash of gray.

 
Continuing more of the stonework, I shape up the bowl of the fountain, put the right step in, and add more greens to the stone. For this, I use the technique called "scumbling." After I fill my brush with paint, I wick off excess water on a paper towel, and then hold the brush on its side as I drag it across the paper. I let the 300 lb. thick rag Arches watercolor paper do the rest. You can see the results on the stone steps.
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Child Watercolor Painting Process "Boy Reaching" - Continued

CAUTION !!!
You are about to see a painting in its adolescent stage! Beware! You will be seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly! View at your own risk! Hope that you enjoy seeing this daunting process.

 
 
Once I decided on the portion of the photo that would be most effective for this painting, I lightly sketched in the important details. Now I take the plunge and put paintbrush to paper.
 
I started by lightly painting in the background and the boy to get a sense of the colors I would be using. Next, I started on the tile floor. Here, I used richer colors that will eventually be toned down.
 
 
Still in the preliminary process, I start to refine the hair, shirt, pants, and sneakers, as well as lay in some turquoise for the beginning of the copper patina on the drinking fountain.


 
Here's where it starts getting UGLY! I'm laying in colors for the stone wall with its green algae.

 
As you might have guessed by now, I am very slow and deliberate in my painting process. It takes me a long time to complete a watercolor to my satisfaction. At this point, I am nowhere near being done. Once all of the colors are "in," the refining begins. There must be "dark darks" and very "light lights" to make the painting have depth. Once these "values" are established, I can attend to the most difficult and time-consuming part, adding all of the minute details.
 
Can't wait to hear from you!