Monday, August 6, 2012

Painting Plumerias in Watercolor

Painting Plumerias in Watercolor
an online painting class with Marionette

This online class has unlimited access. Once you purchase it, you can create and access at any time and work at your own pace.

Have you ever wanted to paint gorgeous, sunlit, tropical flowers? Well, this class is for you! Whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist, I will demonstrate my techniques to create two vibrant plumeria paintings in this online class. No drawing skills are necessary!

In this class you will receive my two reference photos to print out of the Pink Plumeria and Rainbow Plumeria. Plus, you will receive my exact art supply list with links to the Blick Art Materials website. This makes ordering your supplies easy, or you can use the links to see photos of what the supplies look like if you want to purchase them at your local arts and crafts store.

During the ten videos where I demonstrate the Pink Plumeria and eleven videos of the Rainbow Plumeria, you will gain an understanding of how to properly use quality watercolor supplies, how to correct mistakes, how to blend and shade the delicate plumeria petal, layering, and much, much more. Plus, I will be available either by email or phone to answer any questions and to provide additional assistance.

All videos will be available on demand so that you may work at your own speed. The videos will be embedded in the email so that you just have to click the photo of the video to be taken to the actual video. All videos in this class are "private" which means they are only available to those in the class.

If you wish to have a private critique of your painting, just send me a .jpg of your painting attached in an email, and I will be happy to do so.

Student Testimonials:
"Your technique has given me more confidence with watercolors. I usually tend to go too fast, to try to loosen up, but I end up over working the painting and making a mess. This fits better with my more realistic style, AND I'm having fun. Can't ask for more!" - Sandrine

"I have learned so much from this one and am so excited to keep going!" - Maureen

The class will come to you in an email where I embed all of the class videos, the supply list, and the reference photos. 

**After purchasing the class, please send me an email to Marionette@ with your name and email address so I can send you your class email. Please give me 24 hours to send your email once I have received your information.** 

(The "BUY NOW" link will take you to my Etsy Online Shop where you can pay for your class by credit card or Paypal.  My shop is now set up for direct check out which means that you can use your credit card directly through Etsy and not have to have a Paypal account.)

Or, you can call me directly at (808) 631-9173 to pay by credit card over the phone or set up an alternate payment method.

Mahalo for signing up and Happy Painting!!!
808.631.9173 (Please remember that I'm in the Hawaiian Time Zone)

Leaf Printing with Watercolors

This is a fun and simple "old school" technique to get some great effects in your floral backgrounds.  Take a few minutes before painting to browse your yard for some interesting leaves.  Pick out a few small, medium, and large ones.  I really like using hibiscus leaves, because they have a lot of veins and a nice leafy shape.  Next, put some watercolor paint on the back of the leaf and press the leaf into your background, making sure to rub the veins into the paper so that they "print".  Next, take some more paint and paint around the edge of your leaf.  This will make the leaf shape "pop".  Then you can add more colors to the inside of the leaf as desired.  

I love this technique because it is so easy to do and it really helps you loosen up when you are stuck not knowing what to do next in your background.  Hope this gives you some good ideas and Happy Painting!!


Favorite Colors for Watercolor Painting

Every once-in-awhile I get a request from one of my students for a listing of my "color palette" that I use for watercolors.  While every artist will eventually develop their own palette of favorite colors, I am happy to share mine to give you some ideas.  To me Winsor and Newton is the best brand of watercolor paints that I have found so far.  I use them exclusively along with Cotman (also made by Winsor and Newton). 

Winsor Blue makes a beautiful Kauai sky and mixed with a little Winsor Green, it is perfect for the ocean.  I love to use Quinacridone Gold for the beach since it is such a powerful yellow.  For a more subdued beach, I use Raw Sienna.

Opera Rose was introduced to me by my students, Ed and Joanie.  It is a wonderful pink that is hard to get from mixing.  Lovely to use in orchid paintings along with Purple Lake and Dioxazine Violet.

Sap Green is a very leafy or grassy green.  No landscape palette should be without it.  That goes for Burnt Sienna as well since it is the color of  the "red dirt" found here in Kauai.

Here are my favorites ("W&N" denotes Winsor and Newton Brand and "C" denotes the Cotman Brand):

Winsor Red - W&N
Winsor Blue - W&N
Winsor Green - W&N
Quinacridone Gold - W&N
Opera Rose - W&N
Ultramarine Blue - C
Alizarin Crimson - W&N or C
Sap Green - C
Purple Lake - C
Dioxazine Violet - C
Cadmium Red Pale Hue (orange) - C
Cadmium Yellow Hue - C
Burnt Sienna - C
Lemon Yellow - C
New Gamboge - C
Raw Sienna - C
Indian Red -C

I also recommend using Arches 140 lb. Cold Press watercolor paper to paint on.  Buy good quality paper and you will be very pleased with the results.

I hope this information has been helpful.  Happy Painting!!!

Painting a Kauai Beach Scene in Watercolors

This video demonstrates several painting techniques.  First I show you how to paint a simple, but striking sky, and lift out puffy clouds with a tissue.  Then I demonstrate how to create trees using a natural sponge.  Next, we lay in the sand and shadows from the trees, and then I show you some tricks for making ocean waves.  Plus, I share some of my favorite color combinations.

 If you can't get to the beach...then paint one!  Happy Creating!!!!