Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mt. Hood

11x15
Watercolor and pastel

Mt. Hood by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I sometimes mix mediums. Watercolor and pastels seem to get along very well. I let the subject matter tell me how much to use one thing or another. Pastels can give a real punch to a soft watercolor.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hidden Beauty

8x10
Watercolor and gouache

©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I like visual things that are not obvious, that you need to stop and observe. I delight in the way wildlife sits quietly hidden. I relished helping the viewer to see this demure female in her enchanting coppice.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Killdeer Bird

10x12
Pastels

©2014 Char Fitzpatrick


I enjoy painting and drawing wildlife, the forms and colors are exquisite. I often use photographs of them in my classroom. I have seen these little killdeer birds in flocks here which is a rare sight.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cubist Bouquet

14x11
Watercolor and gouache

Cubist Bouquet by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

Sometimes in attempting to paint a subject, it just goes wrong no matter how hard I try. In this case, I over painted these flowers about 3 times until they became murky and lifeless. I used one of my favorite last-ditch techniques and put it under the shower head in the bath tub. Most of the image washed off leaving a lovely soft painting. I then enhanced it with opaque gouache, heavily describing the background and the table, but leaving the delicacy of the flowers. It seemed to want to be a cubist painting, with small lines and angles that offset the fuzzy flowers.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

St. Monans

10x13
Watercolor and gouache

St Monans by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

Like clouds, water is a changeable and alluring subject to paint. This is a painting from the pier in St Monans, one of the many little fishing villages on the east coast of Scotland.

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