Professional watercolor artist Trevor Waugh confidently displays under the guidance of a soothing backing soundtrack how he would take on the complexities of painting white roses. Most people imagine white to be colorless but in actual fact it is anything but that. White is made up of all the colors of the spectrum and with a keen eye any aspiring artist can find these other colors! With a palette of pinks, reds, blues, violets and greens, Waugh uses a a variety of brushes to showcase his techniques and skills. This is a must watch for the aspiring watercolor artist!
Homage to the Great American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe
“I have but one desire as a painter – that is to paint what I see, as I see it, in my own way, without regard for the desires or taste of the professional dealer or the professional collector.”- Georgia O’Keeffe
Famous Women Painter Of Our Time
The most famous woman painter of our time was Georgia O’Keeffe (1887- 1986) . She is best known for her dramatic paintings of gigantic flowers and sun-bleached desert bones. She was independent and loved to be alone. She expressed herself through pictures and colours and every painting told a different story. She didn’t care much for fame and fortune and painted for herself. She helped many people believe that being independent doesn’t mean you are alone or lonely.
It was the sight of a tiny flower in a still life by Fantin-Latour that prompted her to adopt a magnified perspective: “A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower . Still, in a way, nobody sees a flower really it is so small,we haven’t time and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. So I said to myself, I’ll paint what I see ,what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it. I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”
Relationship With Alfred Steiglitz Famous Photographer
At a time when men and women had extraordinarily stringent gender roles, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe’s relationship placed them as equals both personally and professionally, with each other’s desired role being determined wholly by their individual wants. It is no surprise that two people who could form this type of bond would be largely responsible for setting the modern and post-modern art stage. O’Keeffe was one of the first female artists to rise to prominence in her time, and over her long and fruitful life, she produced a body of work that has become iconic.
In 1916, Stieglitz was shown the drawings of a young art teacher in Texas named Georgia O’Keeffe. Without meeting her, he was instantly taken by her work. Once O’Keeffe was in New York, she became Stieglitz’s muse. Stieglitz had grown up with twin siblings and had always longed for a twin of his own, which he claimed to have finally found in O’Keeffe. Stieglitz took more than 350 portraits of her, one of which, titled “Hands,” sold in 2006 for $1.47 million.
In turn, Stieglitz promoted O’Keeffe tirelessly, and she became famous for her still-life paintings of flowers, abstracted and approached with a point of view that focused on their intricacies of shaps instantly taken by the work and made plans to show it. By the summer of 1917, they were frequently writing to each other between New York and Texas, and soon after, O’Keeffe moved to New York into a studio space provided for her by Stieglitz.
In the period from 1918 to 1932 O’Keeffe produced more than 200 flower paintings, in which common flowering plants such as roses, petunias, poppies, camellias, sunflowers, bleeding hearts and daffodils are accorded the same significance as rare blooms such as black irises and exotic orchids. One of the flowers that she regularly treated in larger-than-life format was the calla lily. This subsequently became her “emblem” in the eyes of the public, and one which the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias took up in his caricature of O’Keeffe as “Our Lady of the Lily”, which appeared in the New Yorker in 1929. Calla lilies had first caught the artist’s eye in a florist’s shop at Lake George: “I started thinking about them because people either liked them or disliked them intensely, while I had no feeling about them at all.”
Their relationship lasted — through many challenges, for sure — until Stieglitz’s death in 1946. O’Keeffe scattered his ashes and donated his photographs to museums all over the world, with the largest collection going to the National Gallery. O’Keeffe then moved to her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico, full-time, where she took inspiration from the surrounding scenery for the rest of her very long life.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the artist from whom it takes its name.
Welcoming more than 2,225,000 visitors from all over the world and being the most visited art museum in the state of New Mexico, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American woman artist.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s education and public programs have won praise from parents, educators and school administrators, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts and Santa Fe Arts Commission.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Helping people with disabilities to find ease when painting by using a specially designed easel.
The Birchwood Painters are group of artists who reside at a SCOPE care home in Herfordshire. All the artists are wheelchair users and most have severe cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. As part of the care programme, the residents take part in activities to stimulate and entertain them. One of these activities is painting. Every other week, two enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about art, host a painting class for the residents.
One of the many problems the painters face is trying to paint on a canvas which is mounted on an easel designed for an able-bodied person. A combination of their physical disabilities and the sheer bulk of their electric wheelchairs mean that they find it difficult to get close to the canvas. Some of the painters have to use a mouth-stick whilst another cannot hold anything with any weight and consequently uses a feather to paint with. The only solution on many occasions was for the carers to hold the canvas in their hands whilst the painter applied the different media from a brush etc. The ladies who host the painting class approached DEMAND and asked if it would be possible to come up with a solution to their problem.
The charity DEMAND were approached to design something that did not exist to enable people with a disability to paint more freely and be more adaptable to their needs. This charity designs and manufactures equipment for people with disabilities in all sorts of different fields.
Personally designed easels created by DEMAND have enabled the group of artists much more freedom and control in their creations where previously the class volunteers had to hold the canvas making certain angles to paint more awkward. Anita Osborne is one of the community art tutors at Birchwood and comments on the impact that the art classes have had; “With the painting came this extraordinary outpouring of themselves and they have just been amazing,” Anita Osborne
Mark Urwin attends the classes and has showed a passionate interest in History of Art, particularly the works of impressionist painter Édouard Manet whose colourful scenes of everyday modern life have captivated art lovers worldwide. Inspired by his new found freedom in painting, Mark recently contributed some of his work to a DEMAND charity fundraiser to help raise funds for further equipment.
“When I paint, I feel free and excited. I think about beauty and I picture love. Some colours excite me. Green is very promising; it lifts my mood.” Mark Urwin
This video shows Trevor Waugh doing what he does best in watercolor painting- …florals. With an entertaining and energetic approach Waugh deliberately and structurally takes to the paper with a variety of brushes to come to an eventual unveiling of a classic floral painting. This video tutorial is accompanied by an original soundtrack also composed by the artist Trevor Waugh, and creates a very relaxing painting experience. Follow his techniques and you won’t go far wrong. Pay attention to his color choices and in which order the watercolors are applied. Beautiful stuff.
In this online art tutorial and painting demonstration you can learn how to paint the popular ‘parrot tulip’ creating a large scale vibrant art work to hang in your own home.
The technique which this artist uses in this art tutorial is one called ‘wet on wet’ which was made famous by TV artists Bob Ross and Bill Alexander. This technique is fundamentally exactly as it is described. You apply wet acrylic or oil paint onto an already wet paint surface which allows you to gradually build up the lighter or darker values in your painting. You will not struggle with the paint using this technique either as the consistency is in it’s perfect state of volatility with it being of a more butter consistency and neither too stiff nor too runny.
The artist explains that the natural make up of the flower is typically more irregular than other types of subject matter so it is important to bear this in mind when you are suing your paint brush. Keep your strokes long and deliberate to imitate the natural curve of the petal. She pulls the brush strokes from an out to inward motion finishing at the base where each of the petals begin. Painting in this way with give you much more natural brushstrokes and will also speed up your painting time, limiting potential frustration which is something no artist wants to encounter on a new art piece.
With the second petal the artist demonstrates how she blends the vibrant acrylic paints to come to the finished result of the first petal. You can see that the paint has been crudely layered from dark reds starting at the bottom of the petal and a lighter yellow finishing on the outside of the petal. This is where a combination of everything which has previously been mentioned is put into practice. Watch as she uses the ‘wet on wet’ technique and concentrates on applying long confident brush strokes to get to her end result. This art video is perfect for the beginner artists wishing to understand how to begin painting fantastic art for their own home.
Not something I’m too familiar with, but this video shows how you can create flowers via the carving of a watermelon. It looks like great fun and the video is a good resource to learn from. So get a knife, get a melon and off you go!
This video is a sped up and shows an artist painting poppies in Aquarell watercolor paints from start to finish. She begins with the background colors and wash before progressing onto the foreground with a pair of blood red poppies. The picture is quite striking and shows well the order in which watercolors should be correctly undertaken (by danny). A handy little video for anyone wishing to have stab at painting poppies in watercolors.
This art video demonstrates how you can draw a large scale sunflower in chalk pastels from the comfort of your home. Ever since Van Gogh’s famous paintings of the sunflowers the popularity to draw them has largely increased, so from this tutorial you can gather a grasp of how to blend and style your own sunflower drawing for you home.
This particular sunflower drawing has been done in soft colored chalk pastels to allow quicker results for larger scaled compositions. The beauty of the soft chalk pastel is it’s ability to block and fill in areas quickly and be blended accurately with either your finger or a blending stump. The artist in the is video has attached a large sheet of brown chalk paper to the wall and drawn from life a sunflower as a bit of fun to quickly get to her desired result. She begins by using a white chalk pastel to outline the petals and stem to gather the overall outline of the the sunflower before introducing a variety of yellows and softer shades. You can get as much detailing as you like when using pastels depending on how much time you have so in this particular art tutorial the artist has decided to focus mainly on the centre of the flower by introducing highlights and tonal values to accentuate the seeds. The drawing quickly starts to take on a more three dimensional form with the petals containing three to four different shades of yellow each complimenting one another really bringing the flower away from the page on the brown paper.
Another benefit of chalk pastels is the ability to go directly over a darker shade with a lighter one allowing you to correct a mistake should it ever arise. It’s really easy to introduce highlights onto areas of the flower which you want to bring forward from the page leaving the darker values to sit back in the picture. The video has a calming classical music backing track and is time lapsed to speed up the process, this allows you to learn from it at a nice steady pace to see what order the artist decides to use to go from the start to finish. This video is aimed at beginners wishing to learn how to grasp the basic concepts of chalk pastel art and is a great visual learning aid to help further your abilities in art.
This little video tutorial shows a young girl using Crayola coloring pencils to present to the beginner artist how to control and blend with them. She takes you through the application of putting pressure on them to create a darker shade and also shows how two colors can easily be blended together. The result is four separate flowers of different color combinations.
Chuck McLachlan is a recognised professional watercolor artist with a great ability to teach in an easy to understand fashion. In this video tutorial you can expect to learn how to paint a red flower with green leaves in watercolors via a step by step approach. He uses a variety of brushes and introduces blotting and dripping techniques which are by no means a beginner technique but well worth taking note of. If you follow him with passion during this tutorial you will almost certainly have a floral painting you can look back on with pride.