Illustration Friday 7/14/2006 – Sacrifice

This little watercolor of Frida Kahlo seems appropriate to this week’s Illustration Friday Theme of Sacrifice…. she gave up many things – some by choice, and others by circumstances beyond her control. (sold) Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Illustration Friday topic for 9/15/2006: CHANGE

Bumble Bee Geisha This is an Original Collaborative Miniature (2.5 x 3.5) Ink & Watercolor painting created by two artists: Francesca Burras (Ebay ID: Dancing-Girl Art) from Lancashire, England, and me (Ebay ID: bdelpesco) in Los Angeles. • • • • Fran’s Beautiful Watercolor arrives • • • • • • • • Ideas are brewing • • • • • • • • Testing a sketch • • • • • • • • Enhancing what the pigments hinted at • • • • • • • • Finished • • • •(sold) Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Mini Painting on YUPO: Polaroids in the Garden

I’m feeling nostalgic – painting images from my photo albums and old sketches tucked away in my flat files from years and years ago. This is a 4″ x 4″ watercolor on Yupo paper (see an earlier post about working on this stuff) titled “Polaroids in the Garden”. The visible path of brush strokes and the small, square format reminded me of altered Polaroids. The image is from a photo of one of my oldest and dearest friends, standing in a garden with her daughter. I love how their arms are linked to make a little frame around them. I’ve listed this one …[Continue reading]



My Sister’s Eyes

I’m getting ready for a show in San Diego in a week and a half. Painting, painting… Framing, framing. I painted this little watercolor of my sister today. It’s from a photo I took many years ago on a cross-country road trip we did together. Painting her pretty face was like spending time with her (She lives in Alaska, and I miss her. A lot.) That was some road trip. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Pair of Pomegranates

I painted this over the weekend for a show coming up in San Diego at the end of the month. I love pomegranates, despite the labor involved with consuming them. I also love the way they look, and I couldn’t resist the way the sun displayed the alizerin crimson, ultramarine blue and cadmium reds in their skin.There is something meditative about painting a subject so smooth and simple. It forces you to slow down and really look at color, lights & darks, gradations in values, etc. Up close, all the little brush strokes show as layers of color illuminated by the paper underneath, …[Continue reading]



Charcoal & Watercolor: The Serpent Beckons Eve

This is an experiment with a style of illustration I love, based on the work of Jessie Willcox Smith [1863-1935] (do a google search to see her beautiful art). The drawing was done with charcoal first, which was a fun way to lay in the shading and line work. I dipped a brush into water with gum arabic added, and gently coated all the charcoal lines, so it wouldn’t bleed into my watercolors. According to the technical help at Golden, the manufacturer of most of the fixatives I’ve tried, there isn’t an interior fixative that won’t repel/bead watercolor washes on top of the …[Continue reading]



Etching & Watercolor: Imogen’s Frida

This is a zinc plate with Frida Kahlo etched on the surface. The edges of the plate were beveled so they wouldn’t cut the paper while going through the press, and the surface of the zinc was sanded with 320, 400 and then 600 sandpaper. This is one of the styles of printing referred to as intaglio. (The word intaglio (intal’yo) is from the Italian word intagliare, to engrave.) After coating the plate with a waxy ground, I sketched Frida into the wax with an etching needle. The drawing was based on a beautiful photo of Frida taken by Imogen Cunningham. Next, I …[Continue reading]



Watercolor: Cast Iron Bird Bath

One of the things that strikes me about watercolor artists I admire is their use of richly contrasting values. Some watercolors look “faded” to my eyes, and I find more appeal in strong contrast between bright, sunlit scenery with rich shadows and layered darks. It’s easy to “color” a painting, but making it successful will hinge on whether you’ve nailed the values of the scene: lights and darks and mid-ranges are key to making a painting sing. It takes practice, but practice requires more painting time, and that sounds like a lovely remedy! The first image in this sequence (above) shows “Roses & …[Continue reading]



Watercolor Glazing: Kitchen Bouquet

This is the start of a watercolor – Kitchen Counter Bouquet (19 x 19, sold) – painted a few years ago. In the first photo, you can see loose washes on top of a graphite drawing. I’m just laying a family of colors in – not being particularly careful. Using olive greens, burnt oranges and deep berry reds in the under painting reminds me to stay within that color range, to meet the vision I’m aiming for in the final painting. In the next image, the values are getting darker, and the brush strokes are getting more specific in their shape & placement. …[Continue reading]



Woodcut & watercolor: Artemis

This sequence follows some of the inking & printing process for a woodcut or woodblock print. Frame 1 shows my block of pine, with a relief carving of a woman’s face, being inked with a brayer. Frame 2 was shot on the press bed in the print lab – I’m pulling the print off the inked block after running it through the press. Frame 3 shows the fresh print on the left, next to the wood block on the right (note the image prints in reverse). Frame 4 is the print with watercolor washes added. Each one is different, based on whim and …[Continue reading]



*Do* Try This at Home: Linocut

This Linocut print shows the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra *playing* at the Valencia Town Center in Southern California… Linoleum block printing is a great method to try at home, if you’ve ever thought about diving into relief printing, but a workshop or class isn’t an option. A book on the basics is a great way to get started. (Look online for lots of options). My image here was based on a photo I took of the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra at a free concert I attended with my family. I sketched the image using a sharpie pen directly on the linoleum, and started …[Continue reading]



Five More Minutes – Monotype & Watercolor

This is a 4.5 x 6 inch monotype ghost print & watercolor titled “Five More Minutes”. A few people have asked about the process, so I’m posting more details here. Monotypes can be created with any medium that will transfer from a smooth plate to a sheet of paper. You paint on a plate, and press the wet painting against a sheet of paper, either by using a press, or by hand with a brayer, or a baren, etc. There are lots of mediums to try…. oil paints, etching or relief inks, water soluble crayons, etc. In this piece, I rolled black etching …[Continue reading]

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