>Watercolor Class: Day 2 & 3

>Well, as many of you are aware, I did not post my watercolor painting from my class last week.  This is because I was in class long enough only to draw the still life — I had to leave early to attend a luncheon for the nonprofit of which I am president.  So, this week I worked on the painting from a photo I took before I left class.

The finished painting is to the right.  On a side note, I recently bought a new all-in-one printer/scanner/copier that does larger format scans.  My initial scans were positive, but then I noticed that the colors were slightly off and in this painting I can definitely tell that the scan quality is poor.  In this painting, I discovered that the scanner cannot pick up on light colors, so the scan looks really washed out, and is more yellow than it should be.  The background looks like it’s pure yellow — in actuality, the painting background is a mixture of yellows and orange.  So–this is disappointing.  I am going to return the printer and think about buying a (very expensive) large format scanner that can capture these colors more accurately.

Anyway, when I was painting the succulent throughout the week, I thought that the painting was ok (although the leaf up front really needs some work…not satisfied with it, really), but too cool.  I think the yellows and orange in the background really warm up the painting and help bring out the yellow and orange details that I put in the succulent.

In today’s class, the teacher displayed a really neat, massive purply-pink succulent nested in a straw hat.  I really enjoyed drawing the various curly/pointy leaves and then had a lot of fun laying down the various colors.  I didn’t fully finish the painting, but have laid down the colors so far.  Now my plan will be to create the detail needed to make the painting pop.  The painting is to the right–I will update once I finish the detailing.  I’m really undecided so far whether to add another background beyond the hat–it might be too much, but then again, it might add a little something.

Website update:
I’ve finished a few more sections of my new website, but added a few more sections to fill-out, as well!  It’s madness!!  The website is here (http://jsgreene.com/new) and the finalized sections within the design section are the last five sections: flyers, invitations, logos, posters and websites.  I just noticed a broken link in the flyers section, which I will fix, but if you notice anything that needs to be addressed, please let me know!

Also, good news–my cousin, who hosts my website, says that he can make my blog hosted on my website, so once my website is finished, then I will work on transferring over my blog, which means that I’ll be able to fix the blog design to be easier to read!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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