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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 8 FINAL

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 

Watercolor Harmonizing Down By The Pond by Jan Howlett
Hi All Artists Hearts,
"Harmonizing Down by The Pond" is finally completed and now you can see all the individual segments that we have been studying all put together as a unit.  And so the story is complete.  I have been careful to include many of the research details discussed in earlier posts.  One of the more challenging parts of this painting, oddly enough, was the water and its reflections.  I wanted to be careful to have the pond and river to be contained and not flow out into an everla...
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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett called Harmonizing Down by The Pond-Stage 7Hi All Artists Hearts,
Well here is the star of the show sporting  his glorious aqua blue suit, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog!  He was so much fun to paint.  Once I have finished all the last minute details I will be able to post a final photograph of the entire piece hopefully in a better quality format for you. 

You may wonder why I bother with research and fact-finding when bringing a composition together. You will understand later in this post.  So for now I realize you already know some facts, ...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, August 25, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Harmonizing Down by The Pond, Watercolor by Jan HowlettHi All Artist Hearts,

Here are a few basic facts on our typical Garden Green Frog as seen taking shelter by an old cracked clay pot here in our art oval sample. I wanted to include him in contrast to his colorful family friends.  He is a familiar find in many gardens and children just love capturing them for pets.
  • The garden green frog is 5.7 to 9 cm (2.25 -3.5")
  • Found in every eastern province (introduced to Newfoundland)
  • Call is a twang like a loose banjo string.
  • Calling begins in late sp...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Watercolor Small Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Jan HowlettHi All Artists Hearts,
Well we are now at Stage 5 of Harmonizing Down by The Pond.  Today we are focusing on 2 sections:The smaller of the 2 Red-Eyed Tree Frogs in this painting. as well as the Garden Green Frog.(See photo above.) 

This little fellow is perched on the surface of a frond growing in the pond. He is not yet full grown and is captivated by his new friends nearby.  He is also surrounded by other plant life affording him some much needed shade and protection.

Young frogs are typica...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, July 22, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
We have been experiencing quite a heat wave in our cities the last few weeks and although very uncomfortable it certainly takes the "wait" out of the drying time for our paintings when it has been a dry heat.  But when the humidity has been high some days our painting layers have taken much longer to dry than others. Thankfully, we are getting relief now and finally enjoying lovely cool evenings for sleeping, at least for the moment anyway.

Our little 5" x 9" tree f...
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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Tree Frogs Stage 3 Watercolor by Jan Howlett
Hi All Artists Hearts,

Stage 3 shows good progress with our whimsical Watercolor, "Harmonizing Down by The Pond".  The first color pigmented washes have been laid in and now completely bone dry.  I used Cerulean Blue for the sky and pond passages and various summer greens for the start of the tropical fronds.  The soft layer of warm Indian Yellow under wash sets the stage for the mauve and pink sunset afterglow to come later.

We have concentrated on these first few layers to assist us in pin-...

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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett Titled 'Harmonizing Down by The Pond'
Hi All Artists Hearts,
Well it's time for a new update on our Tree Frogs.  We have gone from an idea to rough sketch to final sketch and now to the first layers of color to establish the under-painting.  I have used a pale veil of French Ultramarine Blue for the upper sky section (I like the soft granulation effect it will give) in preparation for creating an evening sky later.   The tropical plants in the pond and on land, the little garden frog and part of the middle sky were painted using ...
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Harmonizing Down by The Pond No. 1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : Harmonizing Down by The Pond 
Hi All Artist Hearts,
Well the cat is out of the bag... Did you figure out the subject from the clue I left you?  "What big eyes you have. All the better to see you with my dear."  We are talking about some amazingly colored tree frogs from the tropics and North America.  In particular I am referring to the Red-eyed Tree Frog and the Green Tree Frog. I have also included a common little garden frog to add interest and contrast.  At last I now have a working sketch as you will see below. The ba...
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Finch's Garden Slide Show Bonus

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Home Sweet Home 
Hi All Artist Hearts, 
A little bonus today while I continue to recover from my surgery, wait for a couple of new art supplies and finalize my decision on our next painting series.  Please enjoy and share with your friends.  Thanks for your patience.  Until next time keep painting those things that inspire you and bring joy.
Blessings, Jan.

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Home Sweet Home No. 7 Final

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 

Hi All Artists Hearts,

This is an extra post script to finalize the "Home Sweet Home" Watercolor series.  Somehow I lost the photo showing this painting in it's oval frame as it was presented to my dear Mom on her 90th Birthday this past May.  I realized after I posted the last segment that I had hit the publish button before I had actually completed the write up and located this composite photo of the finished piece.  So let's try again.

This was a sweet and delightful little painting that gav...

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Home Sweet Home No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett titled Home Sweet Home Hi All Artists Hearts,
We're back temporarily for this promised Christmas post of "Home Sweet Home". Thanks for your patience.  I almost managed to post this near the expected date.  My recovery from my surgery is slow and still quite painful, but I am at least well enough to start back to painting again.  How glad I am for the wonderful diversion of painting.  I sure do miss it when I can't be at the easel. 

Home Sweet Home is finally completed in this series and many of the loose ends and ...

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Home Sweet Home No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, October 28, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
We can't believe it is November or that a few flurries and light frost have visited us a few times already.  But we are cozy inside and enjoying the ability to fire up our paint brushes and continue our series. 

Home Sweet Home Stage 5 Watercolor by Jan HowlettWe have many more washes applied now and I'm delighted with the blend of colors that are bringing so much more life to this vignette.  The most noticeable progress is seen in the early stages of my filling in the background summer sky at the top of the painting a...
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Home Sweet Home No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, September 7, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 

Finchs Garden Stage 2 Watercolor by Jan Howlett
Hi All Artists Hearts,

It has been longer than expected, but finally Stage 2 is now live.  This photo is a little dark, but shows the outline a little better than if I had brightened it more.  I have used 2 yellows to lay in the foundation underlays that will eventually influence the various different color washes that I will apply.  One is a warm yellow and the other a cool yellow, depending on the direction of the sun and of course whether the area is exposed to the sky.

The sketch itself i...

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Home Sweet Home No. 2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 
Hello All Artist Hearts!
We arrived back from a restful time away for which we praise the Lord. It was truly needed.  I enjoyed painting, reading and keeping my hubby Ross company as he did a little fishing as usual while enjoying great conversations around our favorite topics.  Ross managed to catch a number of little fish and then the biggest fish he has ever caught was almost landed but broke his fishing line at the last moment...all caught on video!  So it really is our "fish story" of the...
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Home Sweet Home No. 1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Home Sweet Home 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
While we wait for final approval to arrive from the original photographer who granted permission to use his work for the finished Watercolor, "The Last Rose of Summer"  let's start a new series called "Home Sweet Home-Finch's Garden.   Let me introduce you to some of the various components that will make up this sweet little composition.  The first photo is a manipulated compilation of several different photographs for the possible composition, including the Adonis blue ...

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The Last Rose of Summer No. 8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Hi All Artists Hearts, Promised UPDATE:  Final painting released today!  I am very excited to be able to show the final photo for "The Last Rose of Summer." I received Tony's enthusiastic approval and permission to show it publicly this morning.  Tony writes, "I am glad I gave you permission to paint this.  You did a wonderful job and I love it.  Thank you".    Wow! What a wonderful endorsement.  Tony was also the first to post my painting on his own Face Book page... you may need to scroll d...
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The Last Rose of Summer No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, In : The Last Rose of Summer 

Hello All Artist Hearts,
This post is long overdue and I apologize, but sometimes life spins in a totally different direction and the best of plans are thwarted and must be re-scheduled.  That has included my time at the easel.

However, I am almost ready to start painting in a butterfly known as Paula's Clear-Wing Butterfly (also called the Glass-wing Butterfly) from the Ithomiidae Family in the order of Lepidoptera.

So, I thought you might find some of my study notes interesting and help ...


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The Last Rose of Summer No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : The Last Rose of Summer 

Hello Artists Hearts, and Happy New Year!
A lot has been happening here at home that has made it difficult to post at the usual time and I apologize for keeping you in suspense.  I am finally back at work and ready to post Stage 6 of "The Last Rose of Summer," along with an update report with details below.

Watercolor The Last Rose of Summer by Jan Howlett Stage 6We trust you had a wonderful Christmas season as we celebrated the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Christmas is such a special time of year when we remember with fresh eyes and ...


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The Last Rose of Summer No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Watercolor The Last Rose of Summer by Jan Howlett-Stage 3 Hi All Artist Hearts,
Today and for the next few posts we will concentrate on the additions of the first new pigmented washes on the rose petals.  And because we were careful to lay in the yellow under washes you will be able to clearly see in this close-up the yellows glowing through the petals

TIP:(If you press your Control key with your + key you will be able to enlarge the close-up and see the glow - to return your window to normal size just click the Control key plus your minus [-] key)

A...

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The Last Rose of Summer No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett-'Last Rose of Summer' Stage 2Hi All Artists Hearts,
Finally we have the first washes and veils of painted color ready for this post using warm and cool yellows as our base under-painting map.  I used Arulean Yellow for my cool color and Translucent Orange for my warm yellow.

This prepares the leaves for when I begin to paint in the various values of green pigment needed to describe the surfaces of the rose leaves whether in sunlight or shadow.  Because you take the time to lay in this yellow map the yellows will glow beaut...

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The Last Rose of Summer Sketch No.2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Pencil Sketch-The Last Rose of Summer by Jan HowlettHi All Artist Hearts,
Sorry for the long delay in posting the promised sketch for "The Last Rose of Summer."  We left for a painting vacation September 7th, but I accidentally came away without the photo of the sketch... however, I have continued to make progress with the painting.  We had to slip home to care for the lawns and do some errands which gave me the perfect opportunity to pick up the sketch.   So here it is at last.  Enjoy.

This will be a short update this time, but I will be postin...

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The Last Rose of Summer No.1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, August 7, 2011, In : The Last Rose of Summer 
Hello All Artists Hearts,
I am excited and happy to announce we received full permission today from Tony Weatherman (better known as "Grandpa Britches") of Nebraska Fine Art Photography to use his amazing purple rose photograph as the basis of composition for our new painting series called, "The Last Rose of Summer!" 

He was so very kind in extending and granting his approval and so we look forward to sharing each new creative stage with you as I paint it.

Tony is an Internationally published ...
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New Erasing Tool

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Odds n Ends 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
While I had hoped to start my new Watercolor series called, "The Last Rose of Summer", I have been delayed while waiting for permission to use a particular photograph that will make up the main composition.  However, I have some new and exceptionally helpful information that might help to pass the time until I can start the new series.

I was going over some artist promotional trailers and discovered a new, simple erasing tool that works beautifully on Watercolor painting...

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Carols Rose No. 9 Final

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Carols Rose 

Hello All Artist Hearts,
We finally received the gold frame after waiting many months for delivery.  It was well worth the wait to gain the look I was after for this particular painting. It was a quiet air of antique glory that I had hoped to accomplish to compliment Carol's Rose.  By choosing the soft green outer mat with a sub mat of soft pink beautifully set up this rose.

I tried one other colour scheme for a completely different feel with a deep navy blue that had the same Payne's Grey Bl...

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Carols Rose No. 8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, March 26, 2011, In : Carols Rose 
Carol's Rose Watercolor by Jan Howlett Stage 8  
Hi All Artist Hearts,
We have finally progressed to the final stages of Carol's Rose. A summer thunderstorm has just passed through the garden where this lovely rose abides and it is amazing that it has survived such turbulance!   But in a composition we can make just about any atmospheric condition we want and create beautiful survivors.  :>)
It's called artistic license.

Actually, many roses are very sturdy and do survive beautifully through many storms.  That is the case for our lovely rose...

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Carols Rose No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : Carols Rose 
Carols Rose Watercolor No 7 by Jan HowlettHello All Artist Hearts,
As promised here is the next stage completed for Carol's Rose.  A few hours behind schedule. But, better a little late than never.  It's been a busy few weeks and time for painting at a premium.  But here we are at last.

Announcement:
Before I get started I want to share a bit of exciting news that we announced only yesterday on our website... that we are planning to create a teaching Art Video on "The Art of Painting Beautiful Roses One On One," and would like to includ...

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Carols Rose No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Carols Rose 
Carols Rose Watercolor Stage 6 by Jan HowlettCarols Rose Watercolor Stage 5 to compare to 6
 Hi All Artist Hearts,
The layers are building quickly now on this delightful rose study. Some of the values are deepening significantly allowing me to add in the shadows cast over the upper part of the under rose leaves, setting the rose forward 3 dimensionally.   I have included stage 5 beside the current photo for you to see just how far the rose has come.  The yellows are calmer and more natural....closer to the actual color of this rose.

The shapes and curves of the petals are taking on a ...

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Carols Rose No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, January 6, 2011, In : Carols Rose 

Watercolor by Jan Howlett-Stage 5 of Carols RoseHi All Artist Hearts,
Happy New Year everyone!  It's that time of year when we can approach life and the things we hope to accomplish with fresh eyes and renewed motivation.  We can start a brand new clean page and work toward our goals and plan to learn with fresh vigor.  It can be an exciting time.

One of the ways we can continue to be inspired and grow our resolve to be on the lookout for new ideas that will foster new compositions for our portfolio or our planned list of art goals is to wat...


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Carols Rose No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, December 11, 2010, In : Carols Rose 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
It's been longer than I intended between posts, but with the Christmas rush and build up, life has been very busy. However, Carol's Rose is developing nicely and it is starting to take on that lovely glow we all work to achieve in our paintings.  Each layer is like adding another jewell to a beautiful broach, and with each addition the setting is enhanced and enriched, increasing it's value.


Watercolor Carol's Rose Stage 4Especially notice the inner petals of this rose.  The layers are only a couple at...

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Carols Rose No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, In : Carols Rose 

Carols Rose Stage 3 Watercolor by Jan HowlettHi All Artists Hearts,
Carol's Rose is progressing nicely and we are now on Stage 3.  I have used Alizarin Crimson washed over both the Indian Yellow or Aureolin layers in some places, and pale washes of Purple Magenta over a few other areas. Both yellows still shine through the petals and reads as bathed and illumined by the sun.  At this point the mood does not reveal the storm and rain on the way: That will come later.

This beautifully shaped rose lends itself to use lovely soft blends and w...

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Carols Rose No. 2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 23, 2010, In : Carols Rose 
Hi All Artist's Hearts,
Stage 2 of Carol's Rose includes the first pigment under washes of Indian Yellow and Aureolin Yellow to set the values and tonal map for this painting.  The mood and setting for this rose will be different than some of my other roses which were composed in bright, sunny settings in cheerful summer gardens.

This is simply because we are viewing this particular rose as it remained standing after a violent rain storm and the darkness that surrounded this fragile plant.  It ...
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Carols Rose No. 1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, October 7, 2010, In : Carols Rose 

Hi All Artists Hearts,
It's time to start a new series entitled, "Carol's Rose".  This is the master sketch from which I will be working, with some of the shaded areas marked in to guide me as I paint this special composition.

There is usually a heart touching story behind most of my paintings, and this one is no exception. This composition was inspired as a means to encourage our dear friends and fellow workers in the Lord’s service as they battle a second bout of Cancer and bone marrow tr...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 20

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, September 24, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett-Family Affair-Bald Eagle FamilyHi All Artist Hearts,
This is the final stage for Family Affair and we will soon be starting a new series entitled, "Carol's Rose", a delightful composition created to encourage a friend in New York

In the meantime, I have continued to do the fine tuning on this painting while I wait for the frame to arrive.  The mats have been selected and the layout firmed up.  I decided to choose a specialty frame and thus the short delay in a new post.  Be assured I will keep you informed as soon as it arri...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 19

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 


Hi All Artist Hearts,
We are nearing the final stages of this painting before we start making plans to choose the complimentary mats and frame and special Bible verse that goes with this special composition.  There are only a few more stages left to post before we start another new series.

The sky has been developed substantially including the river and land below the nest site. The addition of the river will add that important element describing the height and perspective of the nest compared ...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 18

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, August 16, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Hi All Artist Hearts,
"Family Affair" is progressing bit by bit.  It is not a painting one could or should rush.  There are many details to consider. Nothing that we want to include that makes this composition more interesting and personal should be overlooked as part of this day in this Eagle family's story.

If you look closely a number of additions have been made including a freshly caught fish, branches overhead are beginning to emerge in the canopy and will soon extend toward the top left s...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 17

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Hi All Artist Hearts,
Have you ever tried to build or duplicate a Bald Eagle's Nest? Whew!
I've finally finished another new stage in our "Family Affair" series. A lot of work has gone into this stage including the beginning layers for the background, sky and some of the many facets of the Eagle's Nest and the materials

used to create it.  Painting this kind of nest requires a lot of patience and a steady hand.It is far from being finished, but at least the interpretation of what reads as a...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No.16

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Male Bald Eagle Watercolor by Jan Howlett nearing final stages Hi All Artist Hearts,  A new update is ready and as you can see our Papa Eagle has progressed considerably and will soon be completed.  It has been a challenge to manage all the feathers and keep their white tips and edges.

Many of the underlying layers have been wet into wet, however the final darkest layer has been, for the most part, drybrush.  When I consider the fact that Bald Eagles have some 7000 feathers I am thankful that I am only having to describe enough of them to give us all the...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 15

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, June 18, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Bald Eagle painting photo progress of colors  Hi All Artist Hearts,  Family Affair's Papa Eagle is really taking shape now. Several more layers have been applied so the feather groups are more defined and recognizable.

The use of hard and soft edges is very important to describing the feathers as soft and pliable in some areas and strong and durable in other areas.

Watch for the next installment.  In the meantime enjoy your painting days.
Blessings, Jan.


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 14

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, June 13, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Bald Eagle painting in first stages 
Hi All Artist Hearts...New update!
More paint to paper ready for those following this series.  I have just continued with the first layers of the same colors as an undercoat preparing for the next deeper colors to describe the feather groups and the tree limbs.  The remaining twigs and branches will be painted in the same manner.

Along the way I will make the necessary adjustments to add darker passages in various areas towards creating shadows.  I have also deliberately paved the way to allow...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 13

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, June 7, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Male Bald Eagle Sketch-1st layers painted 
Hi All Artist Hearts!  Finally Paint to Paper!!

All the major research and problem solving for the composition for Family Affair is completed.  Finally I am at the most fun part of the entire process....PAINT TO PAPER!   I know you have all been waiting patiently for this day and now we can get to the heart of this piece and enjoy the rest of the process.

The first base layers is a very simple combination of Van Dyke Brown and Thalo Blue, giving me a soft cool sepia tone for all the underside ...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 12

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, May 27, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Hi All Artist Hearts,
The final sketch of "Family Affair" has finally been transferred onto my art paper (140 Lb. Hot Press Arches)
soaked in a water bath for about 3 or 4 minutes and mounted onto my art board (lightweight Gator Board).  It is drying as I write.  This is always an exciting stage, knowing that I am all that much closer to laying paint to my paper!  But, before I do that, I just wanted to share a couple of extra steps that I did before I could say that my composition was complet...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 11

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
New Male Eagle Sketch for Family Affair paintingHi Artist Hearts,  I have been working hard to redraw my male Eagle as promised.  If you look carefully you can just make out the original shape underneath my new drafting paper sketch.  I have also included all the detailing needed for the feather groups that would be seen on the inside of the wing particularly in this open position.  I also changed the position of the legs and especially the feet.  I wanted them to show more movement and life. The original legs and feet seemed too static fo...
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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 10

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, April 26, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
The planning and preparation for this painting continue behind the scenes and I thank you for your patience.  In the meantime I thought I would share my choice of paintbrushes that I will use for this painting.

I already know that I will want to use a brush that will give me plenty of control and ability to sustain a good flow of water and pigment throughout my glazing process.  This is especially important when it comes to painting in the feather groups of each Bald Eagl...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 9

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

     
Hello all Artist Hearts, 
Finally the rough thumbnail sketch we have all been waiting for is done!  All the individual segments have been knit together.  The seed idea for this painting started way back in 2008 and is only now being completed.  Some pieces take longer than others to gel together, whether the delays come in the form of research or other responsibilities demand our time...sooner or later that idea presses in and cries for attention.  This is good though because when you c...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No.8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Male Bald Eagle landing feet Hi All Artist Hearts.  Just stopping in to share a short and final segment of the preliminary sketch for our Bald Eagle family.   We are just concentrating on the male Eagle's landing feet (which will be more polished by the time we get to the painting stage) as they might appear on the major branch framing the entrance to the nest where Baby and Mom Eagle are enjoying progress on a daily lesson in nest building and the laws of Eagle architecture.  We are very close now to presenting the ent...
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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes-Papa-No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Papa Bald Eagle sketchHello Artist Hearts,
I'm finally back in the studio, but just for a short time.  Sorry for the delay in postings and for a slight change in subject content.  I have not been well and battling an unknown condition and so I have not been up to completing my color samples as promised in our last segment.

Instead, I thought I would include a partial drawing of the male Bald Eagle that I call "Papa."  I started him some weeks ago.  I hope to complete his body including his all-powerful feet in a lan...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Adult

Eagle's FeetHi Artist Hearts,
I'm finally back to the drawing board after some much needed time necessary to update our Website SEO.  I thought I would include a second photo of the adult Eagle's feet which is closer to how they will appear in the painting when I get to that stage of the drawing.

It's a gorgeous winter's day here in Orillia with the clearest of dark blue skies. The sun is shinning with only a slight breeze.  A perfect cheery day to inspire any artist heart who longs to draw out those paint...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle-Feet Notes No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, January 3, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Bald Eagle Talons Closeup  Happy New Year Artist Hearts!  It's hard to believe that we are now anticipating all of 2010 fully ahead of us!  Each of us will encounter many different life experiences and hopefully some of those experiences with the deepest impact will in turn be translated into our art work and therefore enrich and inspire many other "Artists Hearts" as well: A fresh and grand opportunity to create work that is written with brushes instead pen and ink.  Stories with subjects that will cause our heart's...
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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, December 21, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Female Bald Eagle Sketch  Hi Artist Hearts, your next rough sketch installment is ready.  Here is the second component to our "Family Affair" painting.  The female Bald Eagle is in her nesting posture.  Her wings are posed in her protective and nurturing stance.  The sketch only contains the basic outline of her body and will have to be completed in the next days to come.  This is the actual placement she will take within the composition when it is finished.

Baby Eaglet will eventually sit nestled in the front of Mom...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Baby Eaglet  Hello All Artist Hearts,  I thought I would wet the appetite of our viewers by introducing the first rough sketch of one of the major components of my Bald Eagle composition.  As it progresses and other parts of the picture are added it may be very difficult NOT to rename my painting!  I do have several titles in mind.  I may even have to think about opening the title up to you all for a vote.  We will see how it goes.

That said, the first emotional factor contributing impact in this story i...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, December 12, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Bald Eagle feathers  As we continue our background research on the Bald Eagle and what we should include in our drawing and composition this next photo shows an intricate close up detailing each feather individually.  Observe the fine edges of each feather.  Observe the lighting source and how the location of that light effects the shadows being created by it's bouncing off the body and shaft of each feather.

The arrows on the photograph help us to see how the shadows lay.  They in turn draw our eyes into the cr...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle-Feather Ref. Photo Notes No.1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Bald Eagle with Eaglet 
Hello All Artist Hearts, We are back at the easel!
Family Affair
will hopefully become a delightful composition in Watercolor.  For some time I have been collecting information, photos and research on avian facts towards developing this new painting.  The photo is just one of many used for references to study the feather groups and their formations, compliments of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens website.  It is a fascinating study and as I go along I will share what I learn.  Watch for new pos...

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Js Easel Notes #11

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 

Watercolor-Sue's Glorious Begonia 
Hi All Artist Hearts,  Well here's the final post for Sue's Glorious Begonia Watercolor.  The process is complete!  After carefully choosing the mats and assembling and mounting the artwork I added the final touch by placing the authentication Label that included the following background write-up.

See what other artists are saying about Sue's Begonia on Art Wanted at
http://ht.ly/2QXm1

"Tuberous Begonias originated as rainforest plants in South America where they are now considered endangered...


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Js Easel Notes #10

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, October 30, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 

Watercolor-Sue's Begonia Stage #10  
Good day all Artists Hearts.   
Well, we are nearing the final post on this intricate painting before we begin a new one.  Many details have been added and completed while others are still in process. You will notice that one sprig of blue flowers has been transformed into a small leaf near the top center of the composition. 

In fact, now the veins have been greatly emphasized to reveal the characteristic deep veining trait commonly known to the Begonia family. The addition of the darker sh...


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Js Easel Notes #9

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, October 23, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 
Watercolor-Sue's Begonia Stage 9bRough Sketch for Blue Flowers Stage 9a
A double posting for all our Artist Hearts today. 
See the benefits of a blustery cold wet day?  Double Blessings!   This installments shows the deep veined leaves developing nicely as well as the addition of tiny blue flowers into the composition to add interest.  The little rough sketch of the blue flowers is also included as a thumbnail.  I ended up just using a few sprigs to enhance the painting.  Keep being inspired.  Stay tuned for the next posting.
Jan
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Js Easel Notes #8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, October 22, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 
Watercolor-Sue's Begonia Stage 8Hello Artists Hearts,
Another cool, windy Fall day that just cries out for us to find a cozy spot by fire to read or equally as inviting to get out our paintbrushes and settle in for an afternoon of blissful creative painting!   Well here is the next installment of "Sue's Glorious Begonia."  The many layers are starting to pay off richly, bringing forth the depth of shadows and highlights even more so than in earlier stages. 

I will soon be able to start laying the washes in on the large veine...

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Js Easel Notes #7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 

Watercolor Sue's Begonia-stage 7  P.S.  Artist's Hearts,
Just another update to let you know in advance that we will be posting a special link very soon for you to see the complete Slide Show including  many stages not included in these present postings of Sue's Glorious Begonia, from pencil sketch right through to full completion with mats, verse and frame. 

It always amazes me to see a blank canvas transformed before my eyes!  Indeed, it's a wonderful moment in the whole process when the excitement begins to grow and bloom ...


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Js Easel Notes #6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 

Watercolor Sue's Begonia light layers 6aWatercolor Sue's Begonia with darker layers 6b 
Hello Artist Hearts-I'm back!
 
I have just returned from a short painting vacation so I could concentrate fully on completing "Sue's Glorious Begonia.'  I know it takes patience and loyalty to wait for the final reward that comes with the completed composition.  But, we are now able to update this blog project on a regular basis.  Thanks for your patience and for returning to visit.  Hope you are pleased with the results. 


This installment shows many more layers of color applied to reveal some...


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Js Easel Notes #5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 
Watercolor Sue's Begonia-Stage 5  Greetings all Artists Hearts,
I've finally found time to construct and load in the next installment of Sue's Begonia Watercolor in process.  There are several new layers or veils of color applied now and the impact and depth is quite noticeable.   It's a long process to bring our original one dimensional sketch into becoming a 3 dimensional painting.  A long way to go to accomplish the finished floral, but indeed a joy to do.

So far I've incorporated some new colors: Sap Green, Lemon Yellow, ...

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Js Easel Notes #4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 

Watercolor Sue's Begonia-Stage 4  Artist Hearts Update: Here's the promised photo of our Begonia Sketch with its very first layers of color glazes.  (We started with New Gamboge, Indian Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, but these colors will soon be transformed into deeper mauve pinks that compliment my client's decor.) Already these first few pale layers have begun to transform our one dimensional drawing.  Some of the floral shapes now clearly suggest to us where the highlights and future shadows will work to bring life and li...


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Js Easel Notes #3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 
Hello again all Artists Hearts,
I was delayed somewhat in posting this third installment of 'Easel Notes,' but here we go.   Since gathering the swatches and color thumbnails I have worked further on fine tuning the pencil sketch for Sue's Begonia and it is now safely transferred onto 140 lb. Arches Hot Press art paper and mounted securely onto my Gator foam board ready to receive the first initial veils of foundation washes.

These first glazes will set the under tone and value properties for m...

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Js Easel Notes #2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Js Easel Notes 

Hello Artist Hearts,  The process continues...

Photo-Sue's Drape & Rug sampleAs promised the samples for the Begonia composition have arrived.  In this photo you can see the beautiful filtered light shining through the sheer drapery with a touch of the burgundy color from the rug reflected into the mix as well.  I have determined that the lit portion inside this oval would be the perfect color mix for the small buds.  The sunlight showing through its transparent petals will have a glowing effect.  An excellent illustrati...


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