Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kids' Flowers

15x18
Watercolor and pastel

Kids' Flowers by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

This watercolor was inspired by a children's art show next door to the class I teach in a local city art venue. Children paint with such joy and abandon that it is infectious. I felt like trying it out and encouraged my adult learners to just cut loose.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Zigzag Geranium

15x13
Watercolor and gouache

Zigzag Geranium by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

Gouache is an opaque substance with the consistency of toothpaste. It is water-based and acts like a very high grade poster paint. In this painting I struggled mightily to get the feel of the geraniums, one of my favorite flowers, and failed. Out of desperation I blocked out most of the under image until only the glowing pot and geranium head were visible. It has a magnetically mysterious effect I never planned on.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sundae

30x24
Oil

Sundae by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick
 
I like to play with my food when I paint. Sometime the image goes somewhere totally unplanned. I am fond of the curlicue pedestal and it has made an appearance in several paintings.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ana Hummingbird, Male

8x10
Watercolor and gouache

Ana Hummingbird, Male by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

The colors of the male ana hummingbird were very elusive to paint. The feathers had a luminescence that seems to flicker in the light. It was tough to catch their color without becoming garish.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Red Sky at Night

5x7
Gouache


©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

Gouache is a water-based medium that can be thinned like transparent watercolor or used more thickly like oils. It has the advantage of drying very quickly and lends itself to speedy application.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Crazy Collage

9x14
Found paper and gouache


Crazy Collage by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I like to veer off into collage when I feel exploratory, instead of painting exactly what I see. This collage was a culmination of many studies of flowers done in a classroom setting with students. I decided to throw in a session on collage because it, too, is a type of painting. We had been looking at a children's art show on the premises which inspired my students to enjoy a sense of abandon when they undertook their collages.
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