"Sunflowers in a Blue Vase" is 5"x7" watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper. This was a demonstration for my Beginning Watercolor class with Adult Education. The reference image was found at www.WetCanvas.com.
"Refuge Barn I" and "Refuge Barn II" are both 5"x7" watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper. These painting were a demonstration for both the Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor Adult Education classes. These demonstrate how different palettes of color can create different moods.
"Refuge Barn I" was painted using more muted tones: quinacridone gold, payne's gray and a touch of burnt sienna.
"Refuge Barn II" was painted with brighter tones: hansa yellow, phthalo blue and quinacridone magenta.
"Elk" is a 5"x7" watercolor painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. It was a demonstration for my Adult Education Intermediate Watercolor class which I teach each winter at Stevensville High School in Stevensville, MT.
As a challenge, I wanted to use random colors to paint the elk instead of using the true colors from the reference. I asked each student as they came in to class what their favorite color was. A couple said green and one said blue-green. Well, that wasn't going to be much of a challenge as I can apply those colors to the foliage.
Finally, the last student came in and said that her favorite color was pink. At last, how about a pink elk? So the colors used in this painting are opera (a bright vivid pink), phthalo blue and hansa yellow. The elk has opera, with blue mixed for shadows, and with yellow mixed for the sunny warm areas. The grass and trees are mixtures of the blue and yellow.
The original reference photo was contributed by an artist for the reference library at www.WetCanvas.com.
Both "Molly I" and "Molly II" are 20"x16" acrylic on stretched canvas. "Molly I" was done with an art nouveau-type stylized framing around the dog. I was trying something new and wanted to surprise the owner. It wasn't what she had expected so I redid the painting with Molly in a field of clovers which was more to the owner's liking.
Well, it's been over a year and a half since I last blogged here. I created my own website at www.KianaFecteau.com and began blogging there, but I miss my "blogger". I like being able to keep an account of all my paintings, good and bad, as well as any news relating to my art. Since I started here, I felt like I was deserting an old friend. So what I plan to do is update this blog with all the info that's on my website blog and with any newer information that isn't there (I'll be updating that blog as well). As I add the new posts, I will add the date of the painting or news in parenthesis in the title. That's mostly for my own reference and also for clarity.