Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Painting London via google streetview!

Whitehall London

This painting is done again using Inktense and Acrylic Ink. I started with rowney blue and burnt umber to create the basic tonality, then when dry added more color with inktense, using a range of complementary colours. Then back in again with thin mix of white acrylic to add lighter areas and highlights.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

LandscapePainting from Google Street View

Heres an idea I really got from Oggy on Paint My Photo
The new google street view has high resoloution images from a huge portion of the world. Certainly every road in the UK seems to be covered, if you haven't tried it yet, you can start by going here. This is the view I painted above. I have used another new way of working. I applied the Inktense pencil directly to the paper, then used white acrylic ink and water to 'release' the colour. Quite a magical way to work. This makes the ink become colored with the inktense.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Artist discovers Inktense.

Found this blog post of an Artist making first steps discovering the power of Inktense!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Green Valley, from a photo on 'paint my photo'

This was for the April challenge on paintmyphoto. Again a lot of layering to get the depth of color and tone. I liked the soft light in the original photo, and enhanced that to try for a magical almost fantasy painting effect. The inktense and acrylic ink work well for this.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Derwent water in Inktense

Continuing my experiments, I wanted to play with the light in this painting, using the amazing layering opportunities of inktense, combined with using the white acrylic ink colored with inktense, then more layers on that as required. Works well, you can even use the thin acrylic/inktense mix as a glaze, that is what creates the light in the clouds to the left of the painting. This is Derwent water, near the town of Keswick, home of the Derwent company that make Inktense.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Near Buttermere Lake District in Inktense

I am finding that there are several very exiting ways of working with inktense, one way which I used here is to go very strong color harmonies on the lower layers to establish the 'glow' that is often seen particularly in sky's and distance. Once I had established these color ranges I built up tones with overlaid complementary colors and darker hues. I also discovered a new technique of using a scrap of watercolor paper as a palette, scribling on 2 inktense colors then picking up the mix on the waterbrush. I will make videos to describe these techniques more fully in future.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Landscape in Inktense Road

This is a painting of a road in the Lake District, based on my own photo. I have overlaid lots of glazes, and also used white acrylic ink, mixed with the inktense pencil to produce a mixture of effects. The possibilities are really starting to inspire me with new ideas.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Landscape in Inktense

I will be producing demonstrations of how to work with inktense to produce many types of paintings. For now here is a landscape in the Lake District. One of the great features of Inktense is the ability to overlay many layers without disturbing the image beneath.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Starting Today....

I will be blogging my experiences with Derwent Inktense pencils. Surely the most versatile new Art material for a very long time.