This lighthouse is taken from South Batan, Batanes. I remember the dogs who greeted us when we came there. I really love dogs and that time I was missing our beloved beagle left at dog boarding when we are on vacation so I just pet them I gave them some bread which they love.
Painting this brings all the memories from Batanes that I really cherish.
The clouds are inspired from the video tutorials of Terry Harrison, he makes the most beautiful landscape for me.
I made a lot of color bleeds in this painting because of my impatience. It is important to let the the first layers dry before adding the next one because when the two interact, ugly color bleeds happen. Color bleeds also create a beautiful effect for florals and other scenarios but for this one its a bad idea.
I would definitely do this again to correct all my previous mistakes and make it better.
I'm so proud to share my first timelapse video for this painting. I've always wanted to video my process however without a tripod, it's really difficult. So as soon as I got myself a tripod I tried it even though I'm already into the end part of this artwork. I will post in the future something that covers everything from the sketching to the details.
Apart from my first timelapse, this is also my first gig in Fiverr. Fiverr is a freelance services marketplace for entrepreneurs. My husband recommended this to me and I automatically gave it a try and after one night, someone gave my gig a try. I'm so happy and I really gave it my all to give a beautiful painting.
I was able to maximise the power of glazing in this piece. This is the technique of overlaying transparent washes to create depth of colors. It really works in the petals of flowers. I also use white gouache in some parts of the flower as highlight. I wasn't that satisfied with the transparency of the vase but you know something to work on and improve in the future.
Overall, I was so happy with the result and my client also loves it!
I created this Wollongong Lighthouse for my first custom painting here in Sydney. According to him, this is a memorable place for him and his wife. I really love creating artworks with a story behind, it likes set a mood for me and make me more inspired in painting.
Before painting specially if its a big canvas, I always do a sample painting in a 5"x7"paper just to test the sketch and the proper color combinations. Also I don't want to waste the paper haha! so better be safe :)
As soon as I'm satisfied with the sample painting, I will sketch the landscape and stretch the paper. This is a very important step in watercolor painting, always stretch your paper especially if you are doing a lot if wet techniques like I always do for landscapes. I will post my process in stretching paper in another post.
As soon as the paper is dry, I apply the masking fluid for the sea bubbles and the details in the coast. This will protect that area from the washes that I will apply for both the sea and shore. I am using Schmincke masking fluid, I love the one with blue color so that I can monitor where the I applied it rather than the white ones.
When the masking fluid is dry, I will start painting the first washes for sky, sea and shore. Then I will build it from there until I reach depth and highlight that I am satisfied with.
My favorite subjects are landscape and floral but I always wanted to paint our beloved beagle Carlie but the first time I tried it does not really go well. But since we moved here in Sydney, we left him with my family in the province.
We miss him so much and there are times that we get a bit emotional about it. So one time I just decided to paint him again and I got it this time!
This is really him, with those judgmental eyes and big ears! We love him in every possible way. :)