Thursday, February 24, 2011

French Quarter Art Walk, Charleston SC

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March 4
5 - 8 pm
Studio 151 Fine Art Gallery
151 East Bay St, Charleston SC

Start your French Quarter Art Walk at Studio 151 Fine Art Gallery, where you can enjoy fabulous art, wine and snacks! Enjoy this cool March evening as we invite spring into our midst and stroll through the French Quarter with cobbled streets and gas lit alleyways.  As you leisurely stroll the galleries, you will discover the works of hundreds of artists with an array of styles.

Studio 151 Fine Art Gallery is conveniently located just north of Broad St on East Bay St which makes this gallery a perfect starting and stopping point for the art walk. Be sure to stop by and say hello to our talented artists, which will be on hand to chat with you.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Crab Catch

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Crab Catch
11 x14 transparent watercolors on yupo paper
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 Here are the next 2 stages of the crab painting. I continued with the crab's legs and when dry, proceeded on with the bodies adding more of the green into the blues and reds.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Painting Crabs with watercolor on YUPO paper

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Ok, here are the first 3 stages of the crab painting.
I took a couple of the crabs from the reference photo and made up a composition that was appealing and carefully drawing it out on the Yupo paper. Yupo is a synthetic paper which is slick. The paint does not soak into the paper but dries on top.  The paint moves around and does it's own thing! So you never know how it will dry in the end!

Next, I decided to add some texture to the areas that I will leave white. This will tie in with the crabs and bring the painting to the edges. It also is designed to look like a crab net or cage, perhaps? I stamped in the designs with a piece of rubber matting, the kind that goes under area rugs.
When that had dried, I started to paint in the crab legs first and then start in on the bodies, allowing the legs to dry before starting the areas next to them so that the paints from legs would not blend in with the bodies.
I used Cerulean Blue, Permanent Rose and a bit of Hookers Green.

Tomorrow, I will add more of the crab legs!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Crab Catch

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This photo is from one of our last crab catches just off our dock last fall. The water has been colder lately so the crabs are staying warm down in the mud somewhere!  I am guessing!  I have been thinking of crabs again and can't wait for the season to get going again. Fresh sweet crabs on a weekly basis is a pretty good thing! And in the mean while, I can paint them. This is the photo I have chosen as my reference so stay tuned for a step by step demo on painting crabs on yupo paper.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First Friday Art Walk at STUDIO 151 FINE ART GALLERY, 151 East Bay St, Charleston. Friday, Feb 4, 5 - 7 PM

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Studio 151 Fine Art Gallery is just around the corner of Broad and East Bay.
Come by and meet some of our local artists and see some newly installed art while enjoying 
some wine and food.This Friday night the Broad Street Merchants Association presents First Fridays on Broad, a free evening of  wine, hors d’Ĺ“uvres, and fine art along Gallery Row.