Thursday, September 29, 2016

Another Journal Entry from Spain trip..Texas Artist.. Rae Andrews

Just finished this journal entry from the Costa Brava trip.

A few of us stayed in Barcelona after the workshop and then got tours of the various museums and artist houses. This area is Cadaques, and in the next bay is Dali's house which is now a museum. Amazing!

This journal entry is mostly watercolors, with a few of the watercolor markers as well.

Thanks for visiting..

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In This Land Of Magical Beasts..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

I have done this image before in acrylics, at least a version of it.

My source photo was a composit I made in Sketch Club on my IPad. I love that app. I overlap my images in many layers to get some wonderful shapes.

The hard part is transposing them to my pastel paper.

 In this case, my paper is Sennelier paper which was a bright rust color.
I also splashed the surface with water to get the mottled texture effect I have used in the past. A new practice for me, and one I love obviously. :))

The image is unframed and measures 19.6" x 25.6"

$500 Plus S/H

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Coupled..Pastel..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

And now for something completely different!

I started this one a few weeks ago, and I am now finally wanting to get back into it.

It's a pastel on a sanded Richeson board.

Some of you might recall I had a mishap a few weeks ago when my studio leaked and rain splashed my pastel BACKWATER STICKS AND STONES.

The surprise of the lovely texture the rain left on my pastel surface made me want to repeat the whole process, this time deliberately.

I had this close focus photo of marine elements I took in Maui, and thought it was just the ticket to experiment with spontaneous texture.

I wanted the painting to be 'mottled' and 'worn looking, such as one sees when walking around a marina and looking at the ropes etc.

I hope you can see this effect okay, I am sort of liking it.

This image is 9" x 24" unframed

$250 plus S/H

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Costa Brava Photos of group.Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

I just received these photos, thank you Natalia.
Rae begins her demo from the terrace of the hotel

                                                       Rae and her demo..The finished result
                                                      Rae and Nancy at the first demo spot.
                                              A short demo on doing people
                                                 Critique session at the end of the trip
                                                    A few more demos from Rae
The group

                            Rae showing the quick people studies using INKTENSE

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Demonstration painting..Costa Brava Spain..Watercolor.. Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

This was embellished quite a bit with an additional floral accent. There were hoards of bathing beauties on the sand also, which I chose to leave out. 

Plein air painting, for me, is all about adjusting the scene to suit your mood. 

Yes, one can stay true to what they see, however for me, I will always add and subtract if I see a need.

Demo painting from Costa Brava Trip..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

Another demo from the Spain trip. This one was in the beautiful Botanical Gardens not far from our hotel. I plonked myself down on the pathway, in the shade. One has to be quick though, plein air painting is all about speed to catch that light and not be standing in the hot sun! 

(Ed, this means you!!)

We scattered to the four corners of this garden area on this beautiful day, and each student came up with a different view. In fact, one could just rotate in the one spot, and get a new painting every time, just a perfect place to paint.

***My demos are by no means finished, however, I have enough information in my head from these days of plein air painting to guide me onto a bigger and better painting later.

Demo 2 from Costa Brava..Watercolor.. Texas Artist.. Rae Andrews

This was another demo I did on the trip to Spain. As I have already posted the full view of this scene as a journal entry a few days ago, you can now see how, as plein air artists, we can move things around to suit our mood.
I decided I wanted to make the scene more about the rugged coast, not all the foreground information.