Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Pouring Watercolours with Opus Art Supplies and Winsor & Newton Watercolors



A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to create a how to video with Opus Art Supplies in British Columbia, Canada showing how I pour my watercolours using Winsor & Newton's new jewel colors.

There are 5 new jewel colors but I chose to use only 3 of them for the pour. The colors used are Transparent Orange, Quinacridone Violet, and Aqua Green.

The piece I poured is a view of downtown Vancouver, BC from a friend's balcony. I call it City of Glass and here is the completed piece.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Watercolor Portrait: 365 Seconds of Painting McKinley



The videos this week have been of a portrait of my cousin, McKinley.

It is the same portrait that I demonstrated for my portrait class a couple of weeks ago in Victoria, BC. If you attended that class, perhaps watching the videos this week will jog your memory about what I taught.
Here is the completed portrait:


Sunday, February 24, 2019

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365 Seconds of Painting: Watercolor of Ocean Puddles




Ocean Puddles is the watercolor I demonstrated at Opus Art Supplies in Victoria, BC on February 10. I filmed myself painting it before the demonstration. Now it is available for others to see.

Here is the completed painting:

Ocean Puddles
15x22"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Watercolor of Girl With A Fan, 365 Seconds of Painting



This video is a few days late. I am currently out of town and have been experiencing blizzard conditions almost non-stop since I arrived in Victoria. But better late than never.

Here is the completed painting:


Sunday, February 3, 2019

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365 Seconds of Watercolor: Prickly Pear Blossoms




Here is my final video of Prickly Pear Blossoms. Instead of doing a compilation of the previous days, I show how I got the dark background and completed the painting. If you have been watching all along, then you will have seen how I created the blossoms in the previous days.

I must admit that I really enjoyed painting this one. Okay, I really enjoy painting almost everything I do. But I enjoyed the challenge of creating that dark background and those needles. I wanted to make the needles prickly but soft at the same time. The other challenge was getting those yellow blossoms to stand out and still look yellow. I like to think I did it.

Here is the completed painting:

Prickly Pear Blossoms
watercolor 
11x14"

The original painting can be viewed at the Full Moon Gallery in Twin Falls, Idaho

Monday, January 28, 2019

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Watercolor of Prickly Pear Blossoms, Day One



It's another week and another painting. I don't really call myself a floral painter but enjoyed painting this one. I liked the drama of it and the challenge of creating those prickly needles.
Keep watching each day to see how this painting evolves and the finally piece!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

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365 Seconds of Painting in Watercolor: Mountain Grange




This is a compilation of the previous 6 days plus more. Unfortunately I didn't realize the camera was not recording when I started to paint the barn and other buildings. Yikes! Some of it I did get though.

I did paint at a tilt while doing this and worked mostly wet-in-wet. You can see how I add water to the paper as I go so that it continues to be wet. It is hard to see that I toss in some salt while painting the grassy meadow because it looks like a I'm a super fast painter.

The colors I used in this painting are cobalt blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium scarlet, winsor yellow, winsor blue (green shade), French ultramarine blue, and permanent alizarin crimson. It was painted on Indigo watercolor paper.

Here is the complete painting:

Mountain Grange
watercolor
11x15"

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Watercolor of Sunset Over Loon Lake: 365 Seconds of Painting



This past week I have been showing how I painted a sunset. Sunset Over Loon Lake was a commission for a very special couple that were high school sweethearts and have been married for nearly 45 years. It is the view from their home.

Here is the final painting. It is 11x15"


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Watercolor of Sunset Over Loon Lake, Day 2





Day 2 of Sunset Over Loon Lake. I had been watching so much video footage of painting upside down that I didn't realize that I published yesterday's video of me painting upside down. Got it right this time and it is much easier to see what is going on when it is right side up.

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Watercolor of Sunset Over Loon Lake, Day 1





My painting this week is a sunset. Pouring is fun and you can get fantastic results but most days I just love putting brush to paper.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Boot Scootin' Boogie: 365 Seconds of Pouring Watercolor




Another 365 second video for the week. This is a combination of the previous days plus a little extra more. Here is what the finished painting looks like after I removed the mask and softened some lines.

Boot Scootin' Boogie
Poured Watercolor
22x30"


Below are images of what the painting looked like after each pour.

First Pour

Second Pour

Third Pour

Fourth Pour

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Boot Scootin' Boogie, Day 6







Today's minute long video shows how I lift all that masking fluid to reveal the painting underneath.

Monday, January 7, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Boot Scootin' Boogie, Day 1







 A couple of years ago I moved from Victoria, BC to a small town in Idaho where my son attended high school. The first week of school, I happened to walk past the gym to see cowboy boots all over the floor. I thought yep, I'm in Idaho! So I took a photo which later became my inspiration for this painting. Please keep watching everyday to see how this painting is created.



I will be teaching a watercolor pouring class in North Vancouver, BC on February 16-17. For more information, please contact Janice at http://artescapesyvr.com/leslie-redhead/




Sunday, January 6, 2019

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365 Seconds of Pouring Watercolor to Create the Painting Hotel Don Curro



In the spirit of my book, Watercolor 365, I have decided to upload a 365 second version of how I poured the painting Hotel Don Curro. This version shows some of the previous 5 days plus some additional footage. If you watch to the end, you can see photos of what the painting looked like after each pour dried.

Here is what the final painting looks like:

(This is when the mask has been taken off after the fourth and final pour)
Hotel Don Curro
poured watercolor
20x30"


And here are photos of what each pour looked like after the painting dried:

Drawn and masked ready for pour 1

After the first pour

After the second pour

After the 3rd pour



Friday, January 4, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Hotel Don Curro, Day 4





This is Day 4 of showing how I created my painting, Hotel Don Curro. As mentioned previously, I had filmed this a couple of years ago. This video is actually my third pour. In the process of creating my videos, I discovered that the footage of my second pour was corrupt and I couldn't access it. However, the second pour was just like the first. I will be posting photos of what the piece looked like after each pour with the last video. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Poured Watercolor of Don Curro Day 1





Many years ago I created a video of my poured painting process. It was of my painting, Cordoba Cafe. Then I went on to create a few smaller videos. Then that all stopped as life got crazy and in the way.  I got a Masters degree, started teaching at the University of Victoria, wrote a book, illustrated a children's book, got a divorce, watched the kids graduate from high school, and moved many, many times. Now I am finally settled in Idaho teaching and painting again. So basically, my life and plans had to be put on hold for awhile.

Or rather, my plans evolved into something new and different. Which is not a bad thing. I mean, I wrote a book!! Who would of thought?! I never imagined that I would write a book. Watercolor 365 has now been out for nearly 2 years and I am so grateful that it all worked out and to all those readers that have purchased it. As for illustrating a children's book, that was a dream come true.  Now I hope to illustrate even more.

Through it all though, I have wanted to get back to posting videos. But we all know how crazy life can be and how much time it takes to watch other people painting instead of painting ourselves, right? So I decided to give my viewers just minute sized bites of the painting process. Each day will be yet another minute sized clip of only the essentials.

Today's video is from the archives of a poured watercolor I did a few years ago. My son had filmed it for me and decided I should not let the video footage go to waste. It is the beginnings of the painting, Don Curro. So take a minute to see how I start a poured watercolor and stay tuned for more tomorrow.
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