March 27, 2015

Quick studies with students...





In watercolor class I try to transmit the habit of doing faster studies of objects or simple still lives.
It would be lovely if we managed to do quick studies before starting painting something more "serious", this would be a warm up exercise to get up speed and to get into the creative mode.
For now this is taking far too long and we spend the whole session on this.
Hopefully I'll be able to make them persevere and they'll get pleasure out of this loose and improvised way of painting, and maybe it will feel natural with practice.
It's a great way to chase fear when painting with watercolor. Most of my students are afraid of doing mistakes, with smaller paintings it's not a big deal if we are not happy with the result and this way the pressure decreases.
It could be a daily routine doing one of these a day... : )

Light study of a carnation flower...



March 19, 2015

Stage / Workshop...


Les inscriptions sont ouvertes pour une journée de stage le 11 Avril, à La Garenne Colombes. 
Me contacter pour plus d'informations.

A one day workshop the 11th of April, in La Garenne Colombes (Paris).
Please contact me for inscription or further informations.




March 14, 2015

Rose study...



A rose study and demonstration while painting in watercolor class the other day. I recommend to concentrate on all interesting shadows to suggest the volume, keep colors clean and luminous in the light parts, mixing only two transparent colors together as a maximum. As soon a color turn a little grey you ad the third color when using primary colors. If you need to darken a color you might have to take darker primaries. Also, try to make color changes when applying the color on the paper, it will look richer this way in my opinion.

March 08, 2015

Right now on "One Kings Lane"...



Reproductions of my work for sale these days on "One Kings Lane.com".
Best way to find them is with research word "Helen Strom", if you are interested, and once you are at OKL's webpage or through this link :
https://www.onekingslane.com/search?q=helen+Str%C3%B6m+


February 26, 2015

"Lemons in blue bowl"...



A lemons in a bowl study. The "blogger effects" we get are quite disappointing. Here, the shadow from the bowl look terrible, in real it's smother without that visible brownish areas. But somehow this makes me pay attention to thing I should try to work on for better...

February 12, 2015