Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer Harvest Progression

The original cloth I have used here for my background showed a white field.
Since there is much white in the center of the flow blue platter I wanted to be sure that this area remained my focal point.  So I have changed it to this soft yellow.
I am keeping my shadows mainly violet as a complement to the yellow.
It seems to be working so far.

The colors upcoming in the flowers, platter and glass are very rich reds, golds, blues and greens.
I see this as really popping out from the mainly yellow background but we will see!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Summer Harvest

I finally finished the drawing and transferred it to a full sheet of 300 lb. 
Arches Cold press.
Once the drawing is transferred I spend some time tweaking areas by adding more details and definition.  I use a kneaded eraser to pick up any excess graphite and rework again.

All this may sound counter productive.
But to me, all this prep sets up the painting in more ways than one.
I feel the texture of the paper and how my composition lays across the sheet,
 all the while working out color recipes in my head as I go.
By the time I'm ready to bring a brush to the surface I see the finish painting completed 
and work towards that goal.
This does not mean that I don't allow for spontaneity.
That happens just in the nature of the medium of watercolor as washes flow and blend.
No matter how carefully I lay out a work there are always surprises.

"Summer Harvest"

I use an electric eraser to take out small areas of the drawing and for picking out highlights in the painting.  I loved to bring this into my middle school drawing classes.
The kids thought an electric eraser was a strange and weird piece of equipment.
But they always changed their minds once I let them try it.

Also you see my mechanical pencil sharpener on the right.
I've had that same one for almost 40 years.
About 20 years ago I bought the inside sandpaper cups in bulk.
They last forever but when it was time to buy more I discovered this sharpener was considered 
vintage and refills could only be found on Ebay!
So I bought a bunch from the one seller who must have hoarded them back in the 80's.

Also you see a couple of the items in this piece.
The cloth and the green bottle were found during on of my thrift store trips.
I have an idea for a large colored glass painting and thought I'd try just one here and see how it goes.

I don't usually work on the weekends but I'm pretty excited about this one
and may just have to break that rule.

Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Morning Glory

Flowers that open and close with the rise and setting of the sun are fascinating to me.
This little purple morning glory opens to a firey morning light.

I have one more of these little experiments in the works.
All this time I have been prepping another large still life.
Its a complicated composition, which I love, and the drawing has been very time consuming.
But I am transferring to 300lb watercolor paper today and will have some progress to show soon.

As always, I thank you for stopping by!

"Morning Trumpet"
Watercolor, 9" x 12"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

This piece is available from my website at

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nero's Rose

During our trip to Rome two years ago we toured The Forum.  
There is a section within called Nero's Garden and there, partially
hidden, was this lone little pink rose.

This painting is available thru my website at

"Nero's Rose"
Watercolor, 9" x 12"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I actually completed this piece on Friday.
I love working in complements to make the subject really pop.
I think I have a couple more flowers in me and will then move onto a different subject
using this same technique.

This painting is available through my website

Thanks for taking a look and enjoy this beautiful Sunday.

Watercolor, 9" x 12"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Calla Lillies

The backgrounds in this series are worked with plastic wrap.
I lay the plastic wrap over a still very wet wash, manipulate it into place and let dry completely.
Easy, fun and part of a paper decorating workshop
 I loved doing with my elementary and middle school art students.

"Calla Lillies"
Watercolor, 9" by 12"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

This piece is available thru my website

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's MUSING.
I am getting into a rythmn of working on these small pieces with my morning coffee.
A pleasant way to start the day!

"Christmas Belle"
Watercolor, 9" x 12"
©Carmella Tuliszewski

This and my other MUSINGS are available from my online store.

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