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Portrait Contest

Yes, you read that right.  You have the opportunity to get a free portrait of yourself or a loved one.  This is a $100 value that you could get for free.  So let’s get to the rules.

  1. Make sure you hit the like button on this post.
  2. Share this blog post on your facebook page with the hashtag #SBportrait and make sure to come back here and comment once you’ve done that!  🙂

You have to do all three to qualify and will use an online program to randomly pick the winner.  I want people to be able to see the process behind creating a portrait, and this should make that happen.  You haven until next Thursday the 21st.  Good luck to you all!

Make sure you hit the subscribe button below so you don’t miss anything, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Print Contest!

I’ve decided that I love you guys so much that I’m starting a contest.  Whoo hoo!  There will be two prizes.  1) 8×10 print of one of my paintings (you choose the painting)  2) a hand signed postcard of a painting I will choose at random (2 people will receive this one)

 

Here are the rules.  You must complete each of these to qualify:

  1. On Facebook, Instagram (@shalevbasya), or Pinterest, share one of my paintings with an explanation of why you love it.
  2. Use the hashtag #shalevcontest in your shared post.
  3. Like my page on the social media platform that you chose to share my painting. (SECRET: If you’ve already like my page, you’ve already completed this step.)

I will select the winners at random.  You will have more chances to win, the more you share.  If you share on all three platforms, you will have 3 entries.  If you share more than once on the same platform, I will love you for it, but you will only receive one entry.  Just make sure to use the hashtag so that I can find your entries!  The contest ends next Friday October 19, 2018.

Good luck to you all!

New Things

Lots of fun new things are happening and if you don’t know about them, you should follow me on one of my social media platforms.  Don’t worry, I’ll put links below.  First of all, I finally released my exclusive look into my previous painting on my Patreon account.  I have up the collage of all my layers and show you my reference photos.  There are also things I only tell you there.  So go check it out.  You’ll get to see the full photos there along with my explanation.

 

Then there’s also my store.  This month is Pride Month so in celebration of that, go use the code PRIDESBW to get 20% off your order.  This only goes until the 31st, so do it now!  I’ll wait here for you to check it out.

You back?  What did you get?  Tell me about it down in the comments and make sure to follow me at one of my social media sites.  See you later!

Instagram @shalevbasya

Twitter @shalevbasya

Facebook /ShalevBasya

The Coffee Scarf

coffee-scarf
11×14 coffee on 300lbs Fabriano Artistico soft press watercolor paper

I’ve been trying to get to this blog for a while.  I was really pleased with how this turned out.  It was an experiment.  I can’t help it.  🙂  I used acrylic gloss gel medium as the binder for it.  This didn’t work so well on canvas, but it worked wonderfully on watercolor paper.  I ended up with some grittiness in some of the more concentrated darker areas, which I’m not sure if I like or not.  It’s just from the coffee not dissolving completely, and I think it’s just a personal preference.

I wasn’t going for complete realism, but I also didn’t want it to be too abstract like the paintings I’ve done recently.  This seemed like a happy medium, and I was much happier with the results.  I focused more on getting a high contrast since I only had one color to work with, which is actually very freeing since I only have to think about lights and darks without the added aspect of color.

I also did more planning for this one than I did for my last two.  I did a concept sketch, then sketched it on tracing paper, and then transferred the image onto the paper.  The nice thing about having my image on tracing paper, is that I can recreate it as many times as I want, and I’m currently working on a watercolor version of this piece.  So make sure to check out my social media pages for updates on those.

As always, this one will be up for auction until Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12 noon PST.  Leave a comment below with your offer.  The starting bid is $10 plus shipping, and any amount I get from this painting I will use for business needs, such as supplies, social media advertising, website fees, etc.

Confession, I just made an Instagram  account and I think it might be my favorite.  If you have one,  you should find me.  What are your favorite social media site and why?  I’d love to know.  Just leave a comment below.

Little Bird

little-bird
8×10 watercolor on Fabriano Artistic soft press watercolor paper

For this one, I wanted to play around with some different techniques.  I knew I wanted to do some wet-in-wet with dry brush over it, and some expressive strokes and splatters.  I also wanted it to be very colorful without necessarily conforming to the correct colors.  I ended up choosing a roller bird for my reference image since it already had lots of color in it.  If I had it to do over again, I probably would’ve chosen to mix a more vibrant purple, but I don’t feel that it ruins the piece.

What I also discovered with this one was that while I enjoy seeing the more expressive sprays and splatters in others paintings, it felt unnatural to me.  I enjoyed the bird much better when he was just bold and contrasted against the white background.  So I’m not sure if I’ll do something like this again, but I had fun playing around with it.

My last painting has sold for $20 and is off to a wonderful new home.  Thank you all so much for all of your support and kind words.  Same as last time.  This one will be available for auction here until Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 12 noon PST, just leave a comment below with your offer.  I do need to open a separate bank account for all my art business stuff.  Just to get it started off, we’ll say $5 and the amount I get from this, I will use to set that up.  Shipping is only available within the USA at this time.

Butterfly Coffee

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while.  Rather than get into a long explanation, I’ll just leave it at medical stuff and BABIES!  They’re super adorable and consume much of my time so we’ll see how much painting I get done.  I recently got some money for my birthday from my grandmother-in-law.  Happy birthday to me!  So of course I had to go on dickblick.com and find something.  I ended up with some Chinese watercolors that I’d been looking at for a while, some Ampersand Claybord, and scratchboard tools.  The first thing I did was make this color mixing chart.  Everyone should do this.  I know it’s time consuming, and you don’t want to, but do it.  This lets you know what your paint is capable of and how it mixes.  You may think you don’t have a color when you actually do.

Many people are sometimes surprised by how few colors I have in my palette when I enjoy such a wide range of colors.  The reason is because I prefer to mix my own.  I have more control this way.  This small set gives me a wide range of vivid intense colors to softer more muted ones.  I prefer chromatic blacks and greys to pre-made ones.  With this set I did notice that it didn’t disperse into the water as well as most traditional Western watercolors.  I had to work harder to achieve that effect.  Wet-in-wet and lifting still worked well.  This paper is cold press and not what I’m going to actually paint on, but I just wanted to get an idea of the paint.  I always do swatches of the color on separate pieces of paper before hitting my actually project anyway.

I also recently did a color chart for my inktense.  That allowed me to redo this painting and take it from this…

Piano Rose (c)

To this…

dads-piano

Obviously I improved in other areas as well, but you can see the difference in the depth of color.  I was more easily able to mix and layer color without being frustrated.  This one was a birthday present for my father.  Happy birthday daddy!

On to testing the Claybord.  My first attempt didn’t go so well.  I couldn’t layer colors like I’m normally able to, and it ended up blending together and creating mud instead of getting the detail I wanted.  Scratching out highlights was working so well either.  However, I did like the translucent effect on the shadows under the bowl and the drips and spray.  I did like the blending in the shadows under the bowl though.  As long as I didn’t over do it, I could move color to where ever I wanted.

I tried again with a different board.  This one went much better.  I knew I wanted a coffee cup and some sort of steam thing, and butterflies happened.  If you except that colors will blend together on this board, then things go much better.  You can put down color and have it not blend, but it is difficult to do.  The problem for me is that I like to glaze colors on top of each other.  I haven’t found that to be possible with this board.  I also had to scratch significantly into this board to get the highlights.  However, that may be due to the unique binder in my paints.  When I scratched into the ink, that came off much easier.

colorful-coffee
5×7 watercolor on Apmersand Claybord

So for this board, I’ve decided that I’m going to put it up for auction here.  Whoever offers the most gets it.  Payment can be done through a check or PayPal, whichever you prefer.  Since this ended up being a more whimsical painting we’ll do it as anything I get from this painting will go straight to anything I need for my children; bottles, diapers, a new stroller, etc.  Feel free to share this post with your friends.

The auction will go until Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 12:00 noon PST.  If you win it, we’ll go over the details of shipping later privately, but it will have a tracking number, and I am only able to ship within the USA right now.

Selling Art On Storenvy

If you’re looking for a free place to start selling your art, Storenvy could be the place for you.  Ok, it’s not totally free, but it cost you nothing to set it up and list your pieces.  There’s only a charge once something is sold.  Your page is also completely customizable so it can look just like one of your pages on your website.

Storenvy isn’t as know as places like etsy and ebay, so you will have to market your Storenvy page, but you should already be doing this for your own website.  If you just need a place for your artwork to sit and funnel people to, this might be a good option for you.

You can check out my storenvy page here.  Have a storenvy page?  Has it worked for you?  Why, or why not?  Tell me about it.

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