Kippahs In the Kitchen

I don’t have a full painting for you since unfortunately I knocked my rinse water all over my painting.  Such sadness.  However I did have some video before it got ruined.  So I thought I’d share a part of the video in real time so that you can see how slow my painting process is at certain points.  Such is the nature of detailed painting.

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Beginning Layers

I haven’t had much time for painting so I just started one.  The beginning layer looks very interesting as most beginning layers do.  I was missing my watercolors, so I brought them out for this painting.  I’m also experimenting with using the other side of the paper which is smoother than the normal side I use.  Since I do more detailed work, it should work better for that.  I’ll have to let you know how everything turns out next week.

Just the first few layers of the countertop.
Just the first few layers of the countertop.

Other Paintings You Might Be Interesting In:

Frozen Lady

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Frozen Lady

This one was really frustrating for me.  The raspberry tea that always turned a nice shad of purple for me decided to just go darker and darker shades of blue.  Same paper.  Same brand of tea.  Same mixture, but blue instead of purple.  I grabbed some wine in hopes of saving it.  It turned out ok enough.  It wasn’t what I was going for, but we can just say that she’s frozen under ice and maybe that’ll work.  I’ll have to do a wine painting and see how that turns out.

This one is now available on my storenvy page.

9x12 coffee, tea, and wine painting on 140lbs watercolor paper.  This one was kind of an accidental experiment.  Gotta love those!
9×12 coffee, tea, and wine painting on 140lbs watercolor paper. This one was kind of an accidental experiment. Gotta love those!

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Clock and Daisies Finished!

Clock and Daisies (c)

Well, it’s finished.  I’m not sure I like how the baby powder works with the coffee.  I have an idea for something else, but that requires other supplies and I’m having a hard time finding them.  In the meantime, I think I’ll be experimenting with tea this week.  I don’t really have time to try them one at a time, so I think I’ll just mix up all of them and paint with them all at once and see what happens.  Should be interesting.  I’ll let you know how it goes next week.

This painting is now available on my my storenvy page.

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Clock And Daisies

Clock and Daisies 3

Well, I haven’t finished it, but I’ve made decent progress.  Baby’s demand lots of attention, but we love them anyway!  So someone suggested adding baby powder to my coffee to help in layering.  I haven’t noticed much of a difference and I hate the smell.  I probable won’t do it again.

I need to get some more depth going, because right now it’s looking a little flat, and I also need to work on the flowers.  Then I’ll be fine tuning some of the details, and hopefully if all goes well, I’ll have it done by next week.

I also found a way to have prints made of a digital piece a made a few years ago.  Since people ask for it all the time, I thought I’d put it up here for you guys.  So you can go check that out on my storenvy page.  (shalevbasya.storenvy.com)

The Blue Scarf Lady (c)

Now I have a question for you!  What kind of things do you want me to paint?  You can look through my gallery to see what I’ve already done to get ideas and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Starting On A New Painting

Clock and Daisies 1

With the new baby, I haven’t had much time to paint, and the new brushes I bought ruined my last painting.  So, I’ll be going back to my old brushes.  This is just the light initial drawing.  I had to really hype up the contrast so that you could actually see it.  The drawing itself is barely noticeable.

I do a lot of cups in my paintings.  It kind of goes along with painting with coffee and tea, but I wanted to paint something with flowers.  This seemed appropriate and interesting.  I have my cups, and flowers, with the added bonus of an alarm clock.  Vote bellow if what me to paint this with coffee or with tea, and check back next week to see what progress I made!

New Paintings

I’m sorry I haven’t posted recently.  I’ve been dealing with some medical issues, but I have two new paintings to share with you.

Row of Tea (c)

Here’s another raspberry tea painting.  This one’s an 8×10.  I love the little tea cups you get when you go to an Asian restaurant, and having them all in a line kind of went along with the Asian theme of having everything perfectly presented.  I just got a box of various fruit teas, so I’ll be experimenting with those in the near future.  Make sure sure to check back to see how that goes.

Cappuccino Star (c)

I had first attempted to redo the coffee painting I did for my mother’s card since it came out so wonderfully, but I know better than that.  Redoing paintings never works out for me.  Hopefully I get a better camera eventually so I can do prints.  Instead, I did this little guy.  He’s a little 5×7 cappuccino with a star on top.  My husband commented about how “fun” it was when he walked by as I was painting.  Anything he calls “fun” means he likes and enjoys it.

Both these paintings are available on my storenvy page.  shalevbasya.storenvy.com

Handful of Tea

After the frustration of my last coffee painting, I needed some tea time.  I tried chai at first, but I couldn’t get a dark enough pigment with that either.  So back to raspberry.  I need to get some more fruit teas and experiment with those.

Handful of Tea 1

I started out with a light drawling.  The actual drawling is lighter than this.  I just hyped up the contrast in the photo so you could actually see it.  I don’t drawl everything.  Just enough to know where to put my base layers.

Handful of Tea 2

Here are the first layers, getting the form of the cup and the hands.  The tea dries slower than the coffee, so my tea paintings take longer than my coffee paintings.

Handful of tea 3

Now for some more layers and definition.  Painting with the raspberry tea is always an interesting experiment.  Parts of stay a grayish blue, and then darker areas turn various shades of purple.

Handful of Tea (c)

I was happy with the amount of purple I was able to get into this piece.  I think it’s kind of become my signature to always have cup in my painting, which I’m fine with.  So maybe once I’m able to do larger pieces.  (I have better supplies.  🙂 )  I can be more clever with my cups.

This piece is now for sale on my storenvy page:  shalevbasya.storenvy.com

Sip of Coffee

PART WAY THROUGH

Sip of Coffee 1

Perhaps this was a bad time to do this particular piece.  I have been busy with other things.  The little one is making me all uncomfortable, and I’ve started the nesting phase.  I want everything done now.  I want the baby’s room done and everything washed and cleaned.  There’s only one problem.  …  I’m not superwoman.  So on top of my pregnant emotions and all the stuff I want done, let’s just throw on a complicated painting.  That sounds smart.

I wanted to do something a little different from the still life I have been doing lately, but I still wanted a cup in the painting.  This one was definitely more frustrating than my other ones and I wanted to burn it a few times.  I put some detail in and then took it out, and then put some back in and then some back out.  The mittens were what I was having the most problems with.  I just could figure out the right amount of detail.  I needed to show that they were mittens, and show the form, but too much detail just took away from the piece.

I think it was because I wasn’t able to get the detail I wanted in the face.  I couldn’t get the contrast I wanted because the darkest layers were maxed out in the layers of coffee they would take.  I’m hoping that once I get some money, I can test out some watercolor canvas boards and see if those take more coffee layers than the paper.

Sip of Coffee (c)

Here’s the finished piece.  I gave the nose a little more definition and took out some of the detail I had on the mitten.  Hopefully next time I do a piece this complicated, I have found a better surface that can take more layers.

Now for sale at shalevbasya.storenvy.com

Raspberry Tea

Raspberry Tea Setup

After doing coffee, I thought I’d try tea.  The painting I wanted to do was of raspberry tea and some raspberries, so I that I’d use raspberry tea.  It has a strong pigment and it’s red.  Sounds good, right?  Well, when it dries, it dries to a grayish blue color.  Apparently, I won’t be painting with red.  It seemed to dry strong enough, so I decided to go ahead with it, and it smelled pleasant enough.

Raspberry Tea 1

It seems to layer more nicely than the coffee did and works more similarly to watercolor.  It’s been interesting working with only one color in a painting.  These are just the first layers.  I always have to be sure not to go too dark in the beginning.  I can always go darker later if I need to.  It’s fun watching the tea go on, because it goes on red and then dries a grayish blue.

Raspberry Tea (c)

Here’s the finished piece.  It was interesting see how in the darker areas, after some layers had been built up, it dried to a purple color.  The raspberry tea was definitely very fun to work with and didn’t come out at all how I expected.

This 5×7 piece is now for sale on my storenvy page:  shalevbasya.storenvy.com.