Casa Blanca Lily

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Casa Blanca Lily

A progress photo of the Casa Blanca lily. I added some more petal and leaf details and the finished work can be seen here on a new portfolio page for watercolor paintings.

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White Lillies

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White Lillies

I've started working through the exercises in the Botanical Palette book - Chapter One - White. While waiting for the Casa Blanca lilies to bloom so I can paint them from life, I've also started to work on a watercolor painting from a photo I took of the lilies in the garden last summer. The pencil sketch for that is show below. I drew the lily directly on my watercolor paper using an HB pencil and the divider tool to take accurate measurements from the image on my computer screen. It took a few hours, but then I decided it needed to be about 150% bigger. I scanned the drawing, enlarged it, printed it and transferred it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper, then refined the pencil drawing further.

Watercolor, 9x12" 

Watercolor, 9x12" 

Sketch transferred to watercolor paper

Sketch transferred to watercolor paper

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Watercolor sketches of a little old cart and a koi

I don't know how old this little cart is, or where it was made, but it's full of rustic charm and very fragile.

Also here is a recent watercolor and gouache sketch of a koi, using Daniel Smith's Cascade Green and Undersea Green in the background. I really loved using these colors and the beautiful effects they produce. I also used some  Perylene Green for the very darkest green close to the body at the bottom of the koi. The koi is painted with gouache.

Here are some in-progress photos:

Koi sketch in progress

Koi sketch in progress

Koi sketch in progress

Koi sketch in progress

Little old cart watercolor sketch

Little old cart watercolor sketch

Koi, watercolor and gouache, 5x7"

Koi, watercolor and gouache, 5x7"

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Gouache Color Study

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Gouache Color Study

Color study of Marie-Gabrielle Capet self-portrait

Color study of Marie-Gabrielle Capet self-portrait

Here's a small gouache color study (4.75"x6") painted using a limited palette of primary red, yellow, blue, black and white on Fabriano Artistico hot press paper. I used Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache set of six primary colors. 

 

Initial pencil drawing

Initial pencil drawing

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#gouache #colorstudy finished 4.75"x6"

A photo posted by Carol Pascale (@pascalestudio) on

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A Tree

This maple tree near my house was cut down recently. Here is my tribute; just about every drawing and painting I did of it over the years.

Ballpoint pen drawing of a maple tree in winter

Ballpoint pen drawing of a maple tree in winter

Watercolor

Watercolor

Watercolor 10/15

Watercolor 10/15

Oil on paper

Oil on paper

Oil on paper

Oil on paper

Graphite

Graphite

Graphite

Graphite

Graphite

Graphite

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A Painting in Progress

Oil on Arches oil paper, 4" x 4.5"

Oil on Arches oil paper, 4" x 4.5"

Progress steps

Progress steps

I've painted this little pitcher before with strawberries. I love how the light from above reflects off the gilded table top and illuminates the gold luster on the bottom of the pitcher.

The paper was prepared with a light coat of a neutral gray gesso so I could begin analyzing the relationships of value and color temperature from this middle value. I took comparative measurements of height to width and sketched in the jug lightly with a white charcoal pencil, analyzing all the relationships of horizontals, verticals, angles and negative shapes as I went. 

As I started to proceed with paint, I could see that the inside of the jug was about a middle value 5, but the temperature was slightly warmer. I arrived at this conclusion by placing my neutral gray gessoed paper behind the jug and deciding if the gray inside the jug looked warmer or cooler. Once I established this, I used it as a point of comparison to begin finding all the subtle value changes that would describe the form of the jug. I placed the brightest white highlights, some of the warm background color, the deep red around the rim and the darkest umber shadow under the jug. From there it was a lot of squinting to see how each value compared to all the other values and making adjustments where necessary.

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Peonies

Oil on linen panel, 8" x 8"

A recent oil painting of some peonies from my sister's garden and some in-progress shots. 

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Original oil studies now available

Now available in my shop are recent small original oil studies on Arches oil paper. They are meant to be quick sketches, trying to capture accurate color and values of the subjects without too much time spent on refining details.

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The oil paper is similar to heavy watercolor paper so they can be framed the same way, for example, with or without mat, mounted on a board, etc. It is recommended not to put them behind glass so that the oil paint will have access to air in order to cure properly.

I'll be adding more studies soon and hopefully regularly, so if you would like to be informed of their availability, please subscribe to my mailing list!

 

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Garden Sketchbook

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Garden Sketchbook

Shed in the snow at Christmas

Bird feeder in the maple tree

Maple tree

Garden shed and maple tree in dappled sunlight

Fairy amongst the August lilies

Bird on top of birdhouse

A bird on a birdhouse

A piece of an old fountain holds a planter and sundial

Wheelbarrow

Shed under the trees in sunlight

Bird sketches from life and imagination

Leaf and trellis sketches

Shed in shadow

St. Patrick day planting

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Pencil and oil sketches of daffodils

Oil sketches in progress on Arches oil paper

Pencil and ink sketch in progress

Pencil and ink sketch in progress

Pencil and ink sketch in progress

Pencil and ink sketch in progress

A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up,
whether or no the sun be shining outside.
— A.A. Milne

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Spring Daffodils

Looking forward to the arrival of spring on Friday and the return of daffodils. These are from our garden last year, now available as greeting cards and prints. The original oil painting is available for sale here.

Photography Prints

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More color and value sketches on Arches oil paper

Value and color studies (left) for a 12" x 9" oil painting on panel in progress (right)

After completing a precise pencil drawing at full scale on Dura-Lar for this 9" x 12" painting, it was scanned in. I did a bit of work on it in Photoshop to adjust the levels and contrast, cut the Arches oil paper to 8.5" x 11", selected the option to scale it down to the size of the paper and printed it.

Painting these allaprima grayscale value and color sketches really helped me work out how I should proceed with the larger indirect painting on panel.

For the larger painting on panel, I rubbed a very light coat of unthinned raw umber oil paint on the back of the Dura-Lar drawing and transferred it to the panel.

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Printing on Arches oil paper

Pencil sketch scanned in

Pencil sketch scanned in

I love painting on Arches oil paper so I was happy to find that I could print out my scanned pencil sketch on the paper cut to 8.5x11" and get straight into painting a value study; a time saver for complicated compositions that need preliminary value or color sketches. Brushing Gamsol over the print didn't smear the ink. I'll print out another one and do a color sketch for this composition that will be a 24 x 36" commissioned oil painting on linen depicting the wine making process.

Pencil sketch printed out on Arches oil paper with value sketch in progress.

Pencil sketch printed out on Arches oil paper with value sketch in progress.

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
— Leonardo Da Vinci

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Mako in Spring

"Mako", my small 4 x 4" oil painting inspired by the handsome Kikusui koi, has a new home thanks to a very special collector.

Mako is a scaleless (doitsu) koi and I'm always captivated by the way his brilliant pearly skin reflects the colors of the other koi, the deep blue spring sky and budding trees.

Mako, oil on board, 4 x 4"

Mako, oil on board, 4 x 4"

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