Friday, July 31, 2009

original watercolor dramatic snow painting tree and road


"Light Revealed"
original watercolor dramatic snow painting tree and road
5x7
$35 in Artist Derek Collins Ebay Store
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Those pine trees in the background are lit up like Christmas trees. How apropo !
When I laid the color down for this sky, I picked the painting up and tilted and shook it , to make the clouds leak down toward that corner.




Thursday, July 30, 2009

Original watercolor painting of a sailboat at sunset on Lake Michigan

I did an art show in early July. The friendly people of St. Joseph, Michigan put artist up in their homes. The gracious Lady that I stayed with had 2 other artist staying in her home. Her home sat on a high Bluff that overlooked Lake Michigan. The day before the show, I drove 7 hours, then set my tent up. When I arrived at the ladies home, this was the view that I saw. The 4 of us sat and watched the sun go down. She said that a sunset like this only occurs on rare occasions. Lucky me! I told her I was going to paint the scene. It was a scene that I won't soon forget.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

original watercolor landscape cloud painting

"Updraft"
original watercolor landscape cloud painting
by artist Derek Collins
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Can you see those microscopic tree trunks on the horizon. I need stronger Bifocals! Not that difficult to find a scene like this in Indiana.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

original watercolor wet on wet cloud and sky painting

"Light Impeding"
original watercolor wet on wet cloud and sky painting
5x7
In Artist Derek Collins Etsy Store
$28
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Still painting those stormy clouds.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Original watercolor Cloud painting sunset tree and fence

"Tree Engulfed"
Original watercolor Cloud painting sunset tree and fence
5x7
In Artist Derek Collins Ebay Store
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I have gone crazy painting dramatic cloud filled skies. . They are a lot of fun. I'm never totally sure how they will turn out, as the watercolor just does it's own thing.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Original watercolor and acrylic aspen tree painting


"Aspen"
original watercolor and acrylic aspen tree painting
7x10
In My Ebay Store $48
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The background trees were splattered on. Then I splattered the dark area at the base of the trees. Then I painted the tree trunks with acrylic



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Poetry - original watercolor sunset boat painting

The topic is
STILL WATER
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Inspire Me Thursday
Where different artists interpret a topic through words or art!
This is my entry
-STILL WATER
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"The Boat"
So still it lay.
at the end of day.
As the sun set low,
' bove the rocky shoal.
As a still soft breeze,
filters through the trees.
And the lake so high,
in the mountain side.
And the boat did play,
in the lake that day.
And the traveler speaks,
of the lake so sweet,
and longs for his return.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Original miniature watercolor painting boat fishing sunset



Idle
My entry for Illustration Friday
Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively.
" Boat Ride"
2 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch
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I just returned from a 2 day vacation on a floating cabin. We took my 14 foot fishing boat. I fish like Opie and Andy. We were at Lake Patoka in Southern Indiana. We were in a smaller cove in the corner of the lake. A large part of the lake, in the area we were in, was a IDLE ZONE. Which means you have to go really slow, and your motor can't leave a wake behind you. So imagine, this is a picture of me and my son, Idling for 2 days.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Original watercolor landscape painting of trees and a road

"We're Almost There"
10x14
original watercolor landscape painting of trees and a road
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This is a very Impressionistic painting, very loose. The tree foliage was all splattered on with a 2 inch brush. Only the tree trunks, sky, and road, were painted with a brush.



Sunday, July 19, 2009

Original watercolor splattered painting oak trees in fall

"Three Brothers"
Original watercolor splattered painting oak trees in fall
10x14
$68 in My Etsy store
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Apparently, I'm getting carried away with the splattering thing. A long time ago, in a Galaxy far away, when I splattered my first painting, I didn't realise how far splatters could travel. I took me an hour to clean up all the splatters. I was painting in the kitchen. We had 6 chairs with white spindles. The splatters were completely wrap around the spindles. There were splatters on the opposite wall 10 feet away. We had just gotten the chairs.
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I was in a mad rush to get it cleaned up before My wife got home. I didn't want to end up as a dead body on CSI. Cause of death? "He had a spindle up his Butt."


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Splattered watercolor landscape Painting

"Beautiful Sunrise"
SOLD

7x10
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This is another painting that was splattered on. All of the ground and tree foliage was splattered. It's basically the same technique that the famous elephant used a few year back. Except in this case the artist isn't as smart.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Watercolor Splattering technique - original painting of fall leaves

"A Stately Tree"
Watercolor Splattering technique - original painting of fall leaves

7x10
In My Etsy Store
$48
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This painting was painted using negative painting, and splattering(throwing paint with a 1 inch brush). First I splattered on the yellow and orange trees. After the paint had dried, I threw the dark brown around, onto, and inside the yellow and the orange. What remained was the shape of the tree foliage. I put the tree trunks in last.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Original watercolor painting of a oak tree, cow and water reflections

"Cow Wading"
Original watercolor painting of a oak tree, cow and water reflections

10x14
by artist Derek Collins
Questions?
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This painting is really filled with light. I am really happy with the way the oak tree turned out, at the horizon the tree has a little bit of a glow to it. I dragged the brush across the paper the get the white sparkles I will be discussing How to Paint a Tree on my Derek Talks Art Blog today, if you are interested. I will be using this painting as an example.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Original watercolor painting Sycamore tree at sunset

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This is primarily watercolor, but the white tree trunks were painted with acrylic.
There are a lot of Sycamore trees in Indiana, it should have been the state tree.
I have a few weeks of break from shows, the shows have gotten me behind. It's not like I don't have something to keep me busy. I am a busy bee, I don't know how to sit still and relax, I didn't get that gene. I have to do a commission of a old log cabin in Eastern Kentucky. I'll post it when it is finished.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Original Watercolor Road and Pine Trees

"Road of Pines"
Original Watercolor Road and Pine Trees
2 1/2 x 3 1/2
$14.99 email me
SOLD
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I am hoping to get back to painting some Acrylic Landscapes. The last couple weeks I have been so busy with Art Shows that is has been hard to wrap my mind around it. Now I have to do taxes,Yuk!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Watercolor painting of an Owl - Inspire Me Thursday

"Hoot"
2 12 x 3 1/2 inch watercolor
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The topic is Owl
Inspire me Thursday
Where a topic is given!
Different artist interpet that topic through art or written word.
This is my contribution.
Click the link to see what other artist contributed.
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I didn't feel the need to add any commentary, I think the Owl speaks for it's non-gender self.
Oops! I guess I did make a statement about political correctness. I just can't keep my mouth shut!


Original Watercolor painting dramatic sky a lake at sunset

"Boat Ride"
Original Watercolor painting dramatic sky a lake at sunset
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
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I was up until 2 am framing last night, the glamorous life of an artist. What a strange way to make a living. Everyone is fascinated, when I tell them what I do as a living. Then at the same time for many years it was a running joke on TV sitcoms.
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The daughter brings her boyfriend home to meet the parents. Then, they discover that he is an artist. "You can't marry this guy, he is an artist, what kind of life would that be. How will you live."
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I guess an artist more fascinating from a distance.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Original watercolor sunset painting with Moon - Happy Independence Day

"Late One Evening"
Original watercolor sunset painting with Moon
miniature ACEO
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
14.99 in My Ebay Store
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Happy Late Independence Day
We just watched the movie again for the Ga- Billionth time. I have teenage boys, for some reason they like movies where things get blown up. Of course, I was watching it with them, so what's that say about me?
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At the end they only have 2 minutes to coordinate an attack against all the evil Aliens ships across the planet. Wow! They actually did it! The movie was done pretty well. Except, the scene where the Alcoholic, Loony Pilot, flies his ship into the alien ship and blows it up. They might as have tied a model plane to a string. That was so fake looking, I can't believe they put it in the movie.
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Without that scene, the movie would have been totally believable!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

miniature watercolor painting of aspen trees in fall

"Aspen Extreme"
miniature watercolor painting of aspen trees in fall
2 1/2 x 3 1/2
This painting is scheduled to be in My Ebay Store on Saturday 12

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I am still preparing for the art show. I feel like I need to paint some water paintings, as the show overlooks lake Michigan. I am totally not in the mindset to do that , as I have been painting a lot of Landscapes. It is sometime hard, if not impossible, to switch gears.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Original watercolor painting of stars and moon

Moonlight Reflections
Original watercolor painting of stars and moon
ACEO 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
My Ebay Store
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At present I'm getting ready for a show and painting to stay ahead of my Internet sales. It's like having 2 jobs. I guess, since I'm also the Book keeper, Web Guy, Framer,Salesman, Marketing Agent, it's actually more like having 10 jobs. But who's complaining! This painting is scheduled to go on Ebay,Wednesday Night.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Original watercolor painting of a Barn with Stormy clouds


"Battered Barn"
Original watercolor painting of a Barn with Stormy clouds
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The grasses and trees were all dappled on with the same worn out bristle brush. I don't know what I will do when I finally have to throw that brush away. I really need to get back to painting.
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I have been on the computer trying to keep everything up to date. That's the part of business that I hate. Painting is the fun stuff!


Friday, July 3, 2009

Original watercolor painting of trees and a fence - Day 68

" Broken Fence"
Original watercolor painting of trees and a fence
5x7
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As of late , I seem to be focusing a lot on skies. Big dark imposing skies. Maybe it is a subconscience thing, as we how been having an unusual amount of bad weather coming through for about a month. Maybe I'm causing the bad weather. Perhaps I should start painting happy paintings.