From there, Madeleine sketched and inked her next painting.... a wooded stream in Michigan. She'll begin adding washes next week. Be sure to tune in then to see more.
Isa finished her rose from last week, adding yellow highlights and an active sky-colored background...
...before beginning work on more roses. These are drawn from memory and demonstrate careful observation skills. That, and the fact that Isa really likes roses!
She's not the only fan of roses. Yi finished her adorable painting of a cat hiding among roses. Zoom in to see how delicate and carefully drawn the rose is.
That's not all—Yi began this painting of a morning glory. We love the delicacy of the colors and are looking forward to spring!
Lilith is also looking forward to spring and spring flowers. Here, she's carefully layered petals against a lilac sky to create this beautiful painting.
More roses! This time, Sarah paints a bouquet featuring roses, baby's breath and more. The analogous colors are already unifying the grouping.
Basan, our resident acrylic expert, has been working to "build a relationship" with watercolor. Judging by the next few paintings, we think she's well on the way. In this field of flowers, she's skillfully used complementary colors and aerial perspective. And the rocks are incredible.
This figure silhouetted against a colorful sky uses watercolor's transparency well and has a powerful graphic quality.
Basan finished up with this bunch of grapes. The use of highlights and colors demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of watercolor.
Ken finished his latest tomato mosaic painting. It features tomato plants seen from above against pavement and flower beds, all done in mosaic.
And then, he begins another. This time, a single tomato is seen from behind. So far, only the sepals, but keep looking for the petals.
Elaine finished her New Guinea impatiens in a concrete planter.
Contrast that with her quick sketch of a cute beagle frolicking in backyard snow. Much more seasonally appropriate!
Elaine's been busily painting, as you can see. She set up a little painting corner and has been going to town, stopped only by ice dams. Here's a quick self portrait...
... and another. This one, though, is an experiment. It's painted on a background of iridescent gold watercolor ground. Watercolor ground can be painted onto surfaces that typically don't accept watercolor (like metal, canvas or glass) and it creates a soft, absorbent surface. Elaine was trying to get a Byzantine icon effect on this, but thinks it may need more experimentation.
Speaking of experimentation, Tony painted this intriguing painting of a diver using Cubist techniques to describe the motion. The girl, a relative, is an Olympic diver. We love the concept— and the result.
You've heard us extol the benefits of sketching and we're going to reinforce that advice. Sara did this wonderful sketch of a new baby and her father. She's created it as preparation for several studies and a final painting. The more you sketch and paint, the more familiar you are with the subject—and the better the final result...
...as you can see in this latest painting. We love Sara's color choices, the way she's focusing on the faces and the feeling of warmth and safety.
Steve is sketching, too. Here is the next in his merman series. Next steps are to tweak things to perfection before transferring to watercolor paper and adding paint.
Bill added the final touches to his interior scene. We love the light and feel this just shouts vintage 40's.
And in the same vein, Bill is painting this lovely couple. He's trying for the feeling of warmth and love he got from them and plans to do a series of studies to fine tune this painting.
Upcoming events and important announcements
It's really happening—we will be having a group show at Ten Cat! The paintings were hung in the windows today and we'll be having one of our fabled opening receptions. You're invited to the reception, so mark your calendars. And if you can't come to the opening, stroll by and see the art.
The Ten Cat Group Watercolor Show. We will be having a group show at Ten Cat Tavern. Drop by to see the art, enjoy a drink and maybe even play some pool.
3931 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL
Exhibition: February 18–????
Reception: March 10, 2018, 4pm