Thursday, December 28, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog 3 - Part 4

Red Eyed Tree Frog  - acrylic painting process

Today I painted:
the belly using lemon yellow, warm yellow, green and white
the arm of the frog using white, lemon yellow and blue lake
the 'hand' in the foreground with warm yellow and orange
and some work on the face.
Oh, and another 'glaze' on the background...

I'm hell-bent on making a success of this painting by actually completing it soon.

Art Expression

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog 3 - Part 3

Red Eyed Tree Frog  - acrylic painting process

I haven't even started on the body of this tree frog yet - nevermind the red eyes...

Enjoying the painting process but not this particular painting.
It's a really big size - 1metre by 80cm to make a mess of and not easily gotten rid of (if it were a watercolour I could chop it up for bookmarks...)

I'm still thinking this tree frog looks like a cartoon rather than a painting.
Hopefully by the time I get to paint the frog's body - it will resemble a more 'realistic' look. I've spent hours on this one so far and really trying to get the leaves right.
Payne's gray was applied in various dilutions to get the shadows 'right' and define the huge leaf. I'm starting to wish I'd painted a banana leaf instead.
The face shadows were dry brushed with Payne's gray as well.

The background got another brushing of green paint and a thin layer of yellow paint to cover the ochre which I thought was looking too dull.

Any helpful suggestions anyone?

Art Expression

Friday, December 22, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog 3 - Part 2

Red Eyed Tree Frog  - acrylic painting process

This tree frog IS proving to be a little challenge.
I've found I have to be very careful with my observations.
In this 'episode' of my painting's development I painted a few layers of light green in a water colour-type wash.
Whilst that was still wet, I brushed some viridian hue where the shadow was intended to be...
I then used blue lake to define the black bits and went to give more green into the leaf by using a mix of phthalo blue and medium yellow.
Having put a little too much blue on the tray, I used it up by layering the previous black bits and shadows. Standing back and looking at the overall pic I decided to bring some more yellow ochre to the background - using a flick or few of leftover green into the mix as well.
After that, I used a thicker wash of medium yellow to define the thick veins of the leaf.
And that's where we are up to... The red eyes of the tree frog are very tempting but I'm saving that for another time.
If I'm not back before the new year - have a great festive season...

Art Expression

Thursday, December 21, 2006

red eyed tree frog - painting process

Red Eyed Tree Frog 3 - Part 1

And so begins my third painting in the series, "Red Eyed Tree Frog"...

In case you're wondering, the 'cracks' are the veins of the leaves.
I've painted them in a funny mix of yellow, lemon yellow and yellow ochre.
I think this tree frog painting will be very interesting as a study in green...

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Red Eyed Tree Frog 2 - Agalychnis Callidryas

Red Eyed Tree Frog  - Agalychnis Callidryas

Well I guess this tree frog is about as finished as I'm going to be with it unless someone points out an obvious flaw.
I fixed up the body and head and concentrated on the left side "fingers" of the frog.

Then I spent a while on the borders, tyding them up so the colours on the side match the front of the tree frog.

A bit more touching up of the red leaves and "Hey Presto!" painting ready for selling...

Art Expression

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog 2 - Part 5
Agalychnis callidryas (amphibian)

I went back and painted more definition on the red leaves.
Then looking at what I'd done I thought I'd 'ruined' it...

So, the canvas stayed in the office for a few days until yesterday when I got the 'creative urge' again - and there was no stopping me... I put in a few hours of concentrated effort and completely forgot to take photos of the progress.

What did I do?...
I decided to give the background a glazed look. Having recently read somewhere about glazing I thought I'd try it on this one since the background covers a large proportion of the canvas...

Glazing is simply a lot of thin layers of colour. Click the link to find out more...
Very easy to do but is Sooooo time consuming.

Another 'trick' I learned about mixing green paint - painting the under-colour blue and then building up layers of thin yellow paint on top of it to produce the required green.
Thankfully I was able to take a pic of the bottom right border of the canvas (which got forgotten about at the time) to show you here. Using BLUE LAKE colour I built up three layers of glaze.
I then used layers of LEMON YELLOW to paint over it to produce the colour you see here...

Now I am off to focus on the frog body and - hopefully - somehow, define the outline from the background...
I have to fix up the right hand side bottom red leaf since some blue lake paint ran and dried on me before I could wipe it all away.
Plus I have to fix up the eyes a bit since some of the glaze got on there too...

Art Expression

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog 2 - Part 4
Agalychnis callidryas (amphibian)

I've given more definition to the 'leaves' and the yellow of the flowers. One thing I did concentrate on in this painting are the contrasts between colours, highlights and lines. It seems to be working well so far - usually when I've painted, I blend everything and then outline at the end. Being aware of the use of contrast right from the start seems to make ths painting stand out a lot more.
I also started working on the frog - as you can see, so am slowly bringing it to life...
I'm off to work on the red foliage now cause it's bugging me a bit and will be back with the next update soon...
Art Expression

Friday, December 01, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog 2 - Part 3
Agalychnis callidryas (amphibian)

Slowly slowly I build up definition of the leaves and flowers, layer upon layer of colour.
Ok, that sounds a little slow and pedantic, but for the most part, my hand is working quickly.

The eyes were looking a tad jaded so I filled in the pupils with violet and will add to it until I get that 'almost black' look. Continuing with the violet colour I also added some to accentuate the darker leaves and shadow.

So, now I'm done painting for the day and will see you tomorrow or the next day with the next update...

Art Expression
Red Eyed Tree Frog 2 - Part 2
Agalychnis callidryas (amphibian)

Figuring out what to paint next is a little challenge. I like to paint a thin layer of different coloured paints to give me an idea of definition, taking care to check where highlighted and shadow bits are. As always, I think the eyes of the frog are the focal part so usually always paint them at the beginning. They're small enough to stand out and it gives me the 'boost' I need to feel confident in my ability to carry on...
Red Eyed Tree Frog 2 - Part 1
Agalychnis callidryas (amphibian)

It all starts with an idea mulling around in my head - brought on by what inspires and moves me. I like Red Eyed Tree Frogs... Why? - dunno, just do...
Looking at photos and other pictures I reach a point where I say, "I recon I could do that..." and off I go. Then comes the fun part - effort... Getting a canvas, priming it with a background colour and drawing the composition so that it is balanced - ready for the next stage...

Art Expression

Friday, November 24, 2006

Guest Painting: - Queen of the night - painted by Valerie

My art has taken a bit of a 'backburn' with all the other stuff I have on the go at the moment, so thought I'd put this painting by Val on here as the latest guest painting. I think it's great...
It's called "Queen of the night" cactus flower - acrylic on canvas block.
Apparently it only only bears 1 flower and has a very sweet, strong scent - at night time of course. Here's a link if you would like to know more about the plant...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Feedback - red eyed tree frog

"Great trade and the painting looked even better than I expected. "

Well, a little bit of self promotion can't be bad... This painting sold on Trade-Me (NZ equivalent of e-Bay) and that was the feedback given.

I'm having "issues" with my current tree frog painting and have now painted over the thing with ochre - ready to start again. Couldn't do that with watercolour...
The green paint I mixed didn't quite turn out as anticipated. It came out all kinda dark and milky (good for waterlily pads) whereas I like vivid and in-yer-face... But that's OK, the slight frustration has been sent to the 'experience folder' and I'm looking forward to the next creative session.

I primed a canvas board in greys and am going to do another pansy painting in the meantime. Looking to improve on the one done a while ago. So keep in touch and see it on this blog next week.

Art Expression - Peter Moulder

Monday, October 16, 2006

Creating a Body of Work and other such stuff

Filling in time on the weekend I looked for sites that might be useful to me in my latest art endeavours.
Came across THIS one which I found useful...
The title is: Develop a painting style and create a body of work for a gallery.
I think finding my painting style is going to be a little difficult without a body of work... The body of work I have at the moment amounts to a hodgepodge of different paintings in different media - watercolours and acrylic with nothing resembling anything like some of the requirements I've read in various articles. Art is meant to be fun and so it shall continue to be for me...
Notwithstanding that, I do realise the importance of sticking to a definite theme.
So the two themes I have decided to concentrate on will be my favourite red eyed tree frogs and Argave plants. By doing heaps of paintings on these alone, I hope to show my 'expertise' here...
Three canvases have already been primed - ready to experiment and have fun.

Art Expression

Monday, October 02, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog - FINAL Experiment - Acrylic on streched canvas 100x80cm


This is the final pic of the painting, "Red Eyed Tree Frog - Art Expression - Peter M" before it sold.
I touched up where necessary and defined the highlights.

Now I can focus on finishing the two other big frog paintings. . .

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Agave - canvas block set

I've added another painting to my "Blue" Agave canvas block set - top left.
As well as 'touching up' the other three.
All are now ready for selling... Will let you know how it's gone.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog - Experiment 4a - Acrylic on streched canvas 100x80cm

A new camera and a few more brush strokes equals this result of my painting. "Red Eyed Tree Frog ".
I'm beginning to wonder if this will ever get finished. I've set my goal to complete it by the first week of August and have it up on TradeMe or E-bay within days after that.
Now I'll get to see just what people really think about paying for and putting a large bright painting on their wall...
All I really have left to do is tidy up the "black" areas and give a bit more attention to the mouth and leaves.

Art Expression

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Guest Painting: - Blue Protea - painted by Valerie

Blue Protea - 46x35cm - Acrylic on board. This was painted by Val, and inspired by a photo from RAYSCAM.
Unfortunately the camera did not pick up the luminosity and intense blue of the actual painting...

Friday, July 14, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog - Experiment 4 - Acrylic on streched canvas 100x80cm

Red Eye Tree Frog - Having painted the eyes and given definition to the foliage, this semi final update is the result. I painted the body of the frog and face using a stipple effect. Then I used long flowing brush strokes to give a smoother texture to the leaves. All that remains to do now is to paint in the white highlights and solidify the background 'black' shapes. I'm still in two minds about the 'Bishop's cap' sticking out of the head. This may or may not be removed by the time the final pic is presented.

Our precious digital camera got dropped by me so until it is replaced I have to revert to using my cell phone to take pics - hence the lack of detail in this photo...

Art Expression

Red Eyed Tree Frog - Experiment 3 - Acrylic on streched canvas 100x80cm

Red Eye Tree Frog - painting in the eyes was my next task, and since I was painting in shades of red - and in the mood to continue, I started to put a little more definition on the leaves. I chose red over green because I'm not that good at mixing greens in acrylic yet, and because the underbelly of the frog had to be a reflection of the foliage. This is artistic licence since the real frog has a white underbelly... Standing back and looking at the picture - I'm not too sure about the leaf sticking out of its head like a Bishops cap... Anyone want to add a suggestion?

Art Expression

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog - Acrylic on streched canvas 100x80cm

Red Eye Tree Frog - today I painted the background yellow, and all the "black" areas with Phthalo Blue.
The areas which show shading have been 'dry-brushed' with grey.
I painted the final highlight bits in white already to keep the spaces as a reference point for when I finish the painting.

tomorrow I will be painting the eyes as they will be the focal point...

Art Expression

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Red Eyed Tree Frog - Acrylic on stretched canvas 100 by 80cm

Red Eye Tree Frog - This is my latest venture in Acrylic painting. I
t is a streched canvas, 1metre by 80cm, of a red-eyed-tree-frog.

The original was from a photo taken at Sun City in South Africa and scanned onto an overhead, then 'beamed' onto my canvas whilst I 'traced' around the image.

I will be posting pics of my painting progress here in various stages until the finished work is accomplished.

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Acrylic - Pansies on Grey - 20cm x 13.5cm

I decided to move on from the Agave boost and these are my results...
They are on canvas board.

Pansies - 20cm x 13.5cm

I like the vivid colours: brilliant magenta, brilliant violet, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, payne's grey, blue lake, phthalo blue and heaps of white...

Art Expression

Blue Iris - acrylic

Iris - 20cm x 16cm
I've got a long way top go to figure out how to paint glass in acrylic...

Art Expression

Tulips - acrylic

Tulips - 20cm x 19.5cm

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Canvas Panel - African design, 30.5x60.5cm each

Two panels done in Acrylic - "inspired" from a sheet of fabric...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Trying out with Acrylic

Starting with 6 and 8 inch canvas blocks I thought I'd give painting in acrylic a go and was inspired by the Agave plants for their structural form.
Can't go wrong with simple lines I thought - so these are the results in different colour combinations.

Art Expression
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