18 Apr

Snow Cow painting – landscape painting by Jessie Rasche

Snow Cows / oil on wood / approx 12 x 20 in. / available in my gallery of available paintings / inquire / Love It guarantee

This is a painting of a snowy landscape in central Washington, halfway between Seattle and Spokane off I-90. There are some cows grazing and standing close to each other. Because it was snowy and overcast, the whole scene was washed out with a beautiful warm blue-grey.

I started this painting right over the top of an old painting ‘start’ that I’d set aside, and sketched in the trees and cows right over it. I thought about using¬† blue or grey for the sketch, since the scene is so monochromatic. But I decided I wanted there to be some excitement, so I sketched in the darker shapes with dark red. You can see evidence of that in the pinkish color around the edges of the trees. After that I focused on getting the colors and values right, and trying to get the depth and the feeling of the day. I love painting washed out snow scenes.¬† I’d love to read your thoughts.

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07 Apr

Watercolor Color Chart & easter party news – portrait artist gives painting tips from Jessie Rasche

Aren’t color charts beautiful?

I did this color chart for my watercolor paints. I have six colors, and each one I mixed with each of the others. The colors with the “*” on them are pure. I had some funny surprises. Three of these colors are relatively new to me – I’ve been using them for about a month (hansa yellow, prussian blue and paynes grey), and they weren’t what I expected.

Hansa yellow is not nearly as cool as I had hoped, but it’s a lot more transparent than I had realized. The pressian blue mixed a bit differently than I had expected. And the paynes grey makes some really nice rich colors.

Next I’m going to make a chart and try out 3 color combos – looking for great neutral browns and greys.

I did the same thing for my oil paints a number of months ago and it was really useful.

On a personal note, Happy Easter! This morning a neighbor had an Easter party – an egg hunt and some other fun games. So cute!!!

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06 Apr

Portrait artist paints dad and daughter in Reading – watercolor painting by Jessie Rasche

Here is the “finished” watercolor sketch of a father helping his daughter read and paint. These will be paintings or drawings that are incomplete ideas, but that really like and want to “put out there.” If there seems to be interest, I’ll keep adding to the section. I’d love your feedback!

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Reading / approx 9×10 in / watercolor / email me to purchase or inquire