Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Detail on fountain

Made some progress on the fountain and other detail work.
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Monday, December 14, 2009

The photo does not look that different, but I took the masque off.  Look at the light on the furniture.  Next comes a lot of sofening and detail work.  I'll be  at the Kerr County Market Days Saturday 12/19 9-4 if you want to see this commissioned work in process in person.
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Friday, December 11, 2009

Progress part 3 of 3

Judy (the commissioner of this painting) gets three updates today because yesterday I had a long stretch of dedicated painting hours.

This is the magic photograph where suddenly things begin to look three-dimensional! That is because of the shadows on the porch floor. Other additions: a quinacridone gold layer on the... furniture to tone down the red. Some deeper shadows on the ceiling, more gold to smooth out the brown on the arches.

But we are far from done! One shadow is too dark. With a little luck and judicious application of a watery brush, I may be able to lighten it. After that, the masque comes off and the painting will look funny and unfinished again!
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Progress part 2 of 3

Furniture gets a layer of red (too red!) Arches get some brown shadows, but they are looking a little blotchy. Ceiling gets some wood grain.
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

progress part 1 of 3

Red on part of porch floor, first layer of color on ceiling. Lots of masque added, but it is yellow, so you can't see it! A little more color on fountain pond. Brownish layer on the arches and columns, and some shadows to make the distant mountains more interesting.
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Monday, December 7, 2009

initial layers of color

-Kokopelli on hanging lamp: gonna need to masque that to protect it!
-Watery ocher over arches, furniture and grey floor
-Blue-ish masque over pool rim plus the places on the arch and furniture where the sun is brightest
-Blue masque tip clogged, so yellow masque on edges of fountain where the sun hits it.
-Grey-blue inside pool and over edges down sides, onto pavement.
Lots more layers of color needed!
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Friday, December 4, 2009

facebook: Nan Henke

If you search Nan Henke on facebook and choose the photo of me diving into a pool, instead of one you can recognise, you will get my fan page, where I am chronicaling the slow motions toward a comissioned watercolor painting that was won by Judy Perry at a Cibolo Creek Community Church LampLight missions event.
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

slow progress

Adding items to Etsy, trying to make my cards look different from my paintings so that people don't wonder why the same image can cost 98 cents and 75 dollars!
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fawn in the Woods watercolor painting 11x15 available for $75

Finished the little fawn today.  I can't wait to show it to my father-in-law.  He is the one who spotted this darling baby and her mama when we were out in the pasture.

Is my watermark "(C) Nan Henke" too big?  or too strong?  Does it interfere with your viewing the painting?
I'm on the learn-as-you-go plan!
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday eve

So now a blog...
Work in Process: fawn in the woods. Really messed up the background, but rescued it with negative painting on top.
Next: Christmas card painting - top secret until after I mail them!
Then, Hawaii again, I hope. I don't mean going there, just pulling out another favorite photo, painting it and pretending I AM there!
Nan Henke, Texas Hill Country Art