Friday, October 7, 2016

What is Fugitive color?

Fugitive Colors and Watercolor Painting by Birgit O’Connor

It’s a little surprising that many watercolor artists are not really sure what “fugitive color” means, nor do they even care; they simply want to paint with colors they like and that’s about it. That’s fine but, if you intend to sell your art or teach a course in watercolor painting, you need to know what fugitive color means.
So what is fugitive color?
A fugitive color is a pigment that, when exposed to certain environmental conditions such as sunlight, humidity, temperature or even pollution, is less permanent. Over time the color can change, lighten, darken or even almost disappear. Basically think of fugitive colors as temporary. They should only be used for fun projects, rather than in a professional watercolor painting.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to find lost images on your SD card

What! Wiped out SD card!! All images GONE! Went into my cell service provider yesterday and the sales lady accidentally wiped off every single image I had on my phone about 1800 of them, when I asked where my photos were, she said, - sorry this has never happened before, I asked her how am I going to get them back, she again said sorry, there gone.

I was so in shock I couldn't say anything, and for those that know me (that's rare), no images anywhere?...all it said was no files found, on the phone, cloud, and SD card called tech support they couldn't find them anywhere either. All I could think about was finding a solution.

I found a program by "Wondershare" that scoured my "BLANK" Reformatted SD card and found all of them hidden deep in the card. Have to admit it, I was pretty darn smitten with myself, and I am still getting emails from my provider that are saying that they can't find them anywhere, even though I had a cloud.

Why I'm telling you this is in case you have the same problem of accidentally deleting and wiping out all of your photos in your camera on your SD card, you just might still be a to retrieve them, as long as you don't take pics and over write on the card.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Watercolor Essentials" simple solutions

Here are some fun things that are happening that you might find useful

Artists Network is sharing some excerpts from one of my books "Watercolor Essentials"  
simple solutions for common watercolor problems.  Click Here

and just in case you don't already have it, North Light is offering an awesome sale on my 
"Watercolor Essentials" book today.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Busy week

What a busy and awesome week, wrote an article for Artist Magazine, prepared an online workshop for Artist Network University, editing 2 new online workshops for my online school and ready to start the book for North Light next week....was that all in one week? ....yes - Yikes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What's your favorite brand of watercolor paint and color?

I think I can safely say that we all "LOVE" color, so I posed this question to my student groups to find out what they like and it's been interesting to hear all the different replies. 

Through the years I have gathered lots of different brands of color and when working on my own paintings I enjoy experimenting, but one of the challenges that can happen is when you try incorporating it into the current pallet. Some artists believe that you shouldn't mix brands, but really how often does that happen?

You could work with the three primaries of one brand, but if your like me, I enjoy playing and seeing how different color flows, rewet's, granulates and blends. It's exciting giving new colors a try, after all, as are artists, color is one of the things that inspires us. 

When buying a new brand of color make sure to test it first before committing to a painting. 
  • Things to think about:
  • How does it blend with other colors and brands.
  • How is the transparency. 
  • Does the color muddy when blended.
  • How much has the color shifted when dry.

For instance I once used a beautiful purple and when it dried it turned into an acid pink, it was shocking.

Color is personal and these are only just a few of the colors students are using.
Starting with the most popular brands:
Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Holbein, Maimeri, Schmicke, Lukas, Mission, Cheap Joe's, Davinci, Art Spectrum (in Australia) and St. Petersburg 

  • Winsor & Newton: French Ultramarine Blue,  Winsor Blue (Green Shade) Burnt Sienna, Indian yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Violet
  • Holbein: Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, 
  • Daniel Smith: Ouinacridone Burnt Orange, Cobalt Blue Violet, Cascade Green, Moon Glow, Jadeite Genuine, Carbazole Violet, All the Quinacridone colors, All the Prima Tek colors.
  • Art Spectrum (Australian): Red earth, Leaf Green

What's your favorite color & brand?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dot at the end of a brushstroke

Just in case you are having problems with a little dot on the end of a brushstroke, this should help you understand why it is happening and how to avoid it (from the Calla Lily Course / online workshops)