Four YouTube Painting Tutorials: White Orchids, Cherry Blossoms, Apple Blossoms and Durian

My aunt asked to make 4 paintings which she will give as presents to her friends. I documented the process and posted them on my YouTube Channel. I am hoping that those who will watch the videos will find them helpful in their painting journey.  These videos are now clearer than the previous ones since I set it up overhead. Plus, I added a light source. Also, I tried to add a voice over on the last video.  In future videos,  I plan to talk while I paint to help viewers understand the process better. I am here to help! I am still trying to figure out the process of making videos. In time, I’ll be able to figure out better ways to do them.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!  I am open to suggestions on how to improve them. You may also ask questions or request a painting tutorial

Here are the four videos:

Enjoy!

How to Paint a Durian in Watercolor

 

I have a Youtube video on how to paint durian but I feel that the process deserves a separate blog post because, in the beginning, I was not confident on how this would turn out. Giving something a try ( as long it is legal) is worth your while when you learn something along the way. I feel like I have better control of the pigments and water because of this painting that I wanted to share the process.  I hope somebody who wants to learn painting using watercolor will learn from my videos because I relied so much on Youtube videos when I rekindled my love for art.  I am paying it forward.

So here is how I did it:

I started with a sketch. I made my sketch as detailed as possible.

I start painting it with green. Unripe durian is green and it slowly turns to brown when it ripens. Even with ripe durian, you can see the green part on the base of the spikes. The color I used was close to sage green. To get the green pigment, I mixed prussian blue and permanent deep yellow. I got this tip from a watercolor group to mix my own green color instead of the green watercolor tubes available. Most of the available green tubes can be too bright or too dark so I often get the right green if I mix my own yellows and blues.

Then, I started painting the spikes. You need to paint each spike so that you can clearly see them individually. The spikes are just a series of “V’s”. I used yellow ochre, burnt sienna and burnt umber. Yellow ochre is lighter so I used that for the lighter parts. Burnt sienna and burnt umber are for the shadows and darker areas.  I generally used burnt umber on the tips of the spikes and the edges. Just blend the colors well so that it will look like spikes.

Not all spikes are the same. Some spikes are larger and the gaps between the spikes are wider.  These spikes look like pyramids.

You just have to keep repeating the process. Start with yellow ochre.  Spread lightly. Add burnt sienna on the sides. Add details using burnt umber.  Add water to blend in colors. Dab the brush on the tissue to blot off excess water. The cycle goes on.

To paint the custard flesh, use yellow ochre and permanent deep yellow.  Use the yellow ochre on the sides where the shadows are and use the permanent deep yellow on some of the fleshy part. Use ample water to create a light yellow wash. You just want a hint of yellow. Leave some white on the middle part of the seed to make it look fluffy. Mix prussian blue and some of the excess burnt umber we used earlier. Add some water to make it look greyish and use that to create shadows on the fleshy seed. You want a subtle shading so keep the color light by blotting the brush on the tissue.  I always keep a tissue on the side because that is where I blot the brush if it has too much water.

You may use the same technique for that seed on the foreground. Just take note that the shadow is on the lower part of the seed so use darker tones on that part. Paint the permanent deep yellow liberally on the lower part of the seed and if you need to lighten them, just dab a clean tissue. Sometimes I go through the dab-paint-dab process several times until I get the kind of shade and texture I want. It is easy to do that with light colors. Just be careful in using this technique with darker colors as it may be difficult to correct the mistake. It is always safe to paint from light to dark. Just keep adding pigments until you get it right.

Since the durian is on a surface and not hanging on a tree, you need pain the shadows. Use the prussian blue-burnt umber mix for the shadows.

Voila!

My aunt got a store-bought frame and just like that her gift was ready.

For commission work, send me a message through my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/katrinakarenart

Here’s the Youtube video of the entire process:

Peachy

Four years ago, we welcomed this cutie pie into our home. She was supposed to stay with my cousin but she did not get along with the other dogs in their house so she was brought to our care.  She was named Twinkle but we renamed her Peachy because she was a Japanese Spitz. (Spitz. Pitz. Pitzy. Peachy. Yeah, we are not that creative with names.)

Look how cute she was!  She blended well with the stuff toys.

She was so small then and she would sleep soundly on my lap while I work.

Sometimes she slept on the chair beside me.

But whenever she was awake, she was busy.  She was often on a hunt for rodents in the house. She would do whatever it takes to hunt them down.

She would also do whatever it takes to beg for food.

We could not resist these puppy dog eyes.

She could pirouette to catch her food.

Oh, the things she did for food!

She would wait patiently whenever we were busy in the kitchen.

She was a very photogenic dog.

She made me look better in photos whenever we took selfies together…

… even though she sometimes rolled her eyes at the frequency of the selfies.

She really brought joy to our lives.

The sad truth of having dogs in the house is that there are no happy endings. There is always a rain cloud hovering over for a possible downpour- a possibility of saying goodbye to them early because they live shorter lives than us humans.

That possibility became reality yesterday.

Peachy was not feeling well last week. It might be caused by something she ate. We sent her to the vet last Saturday. We visited her Monday and she was sleeping. It was quite a different demeanor compared to the last time she was confined where she was pleading to go home.  Two days after, we got that dreaded call from the vet that she did not survive.

And our heartaches began. Tears would flow every time we remember her.

Farewell, Peachy. Thank you for the happy years you shared with us!  Joaqui, Blessy and Ate Karen miss you so much.

No, we all miss you! We love you!

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”  – John Grogan, Marley and Me

Original Watercolor Paintings for Sale and How to Display Them

“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.”
― Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

So here I am. I finally completed 12 botanical paintings that are for sale. It was an exciting process of finding the subjects that appeal to me. I have to paint what I like because if these paintings will not end up in somebody else’s home, I am keeping them and I will still be happy.  I find joy in the creative process but the business side of it is what I dread most. What do I know about selling? Nothing. However, these words spoke to me.

“Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.”
― Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”– Gail Devers,  three-time Olympic champion in track-and-field.

Seeing the paints, brushes, paper and other materials I have to buy to continue doing what I love is my motivation. Ha! So I am now putting my paintings for sale on my Facebook page. These are all botanical watercolor done using artist-grade watercolor and 140 lb. hot-pressed watercolor paper in A3 size (11.7″ x 16.5″). I used Holbein for the watercolor and Daler-Rowney for the paper. All the paintings in this set are in landscape orientation but there are some paintings that still look okay when displayed in portrait orientation.

I am selling these paintings unframed because it is easier to ship them that way. The paintings will be shipped from the Philippines. When a painting is unframed, the client has the option to choose the right frame that will match the interiors where the the painting will be displayed.  I suggest that the painting be framed in a glass to protect the painting from dust and water.  For those who do not want the glare of the glass in a painting, there is always the non-reflective glass but it may cost a little more.  One can go a step further by using a conservation glass with UV protection against harmful rays.

To help you visualize how the paintings will look like in frames, I made the mock-ups below.

I have taken a step further by putting the paintings in an interior scene so you can better visualize where to possible display them in your space.

I hope I have convinced you enough to brighten up your walls with my paintings. You can have a closer look at my paintings in my Facebook page.  Message me there for details.

For larger photos of the paintings, click here.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

 

Sources for the mock-ups:

http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/realisitc-photo-frame-mockup_1177173.htm
http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/blank-picture-frame-on-a-wooden-wall-background_852393.htm http://www.freepik.com/free-psd/ipad-screen-on-wood-background_1096356.htm https://365webresources.com/10-free-poster-frame-mock-ups-graphic-designers/ https://www.freecreatives.com/mockups/photo-frame-psd-mockups.html

5 Ways to Pay Off Debt and Avoid Filing for Bankruptcy

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You can throw away the notices, ignore your email inbox or evade the debt-collector but your debts will not go away. As of December 2016, the average credit card debt for a United States household is over $16,000. This is on top of student loans, mortgages, personal loans, and many other forms of debt that rapidly drowns many people today. You can avoid these responsibilities only for as long, and the interest rates will make it worse. In time, you will be left with no choice but to file for bankruptcy—a time that many wish not to come.

Even when your debts seemed overwhelming and your income is just not enough at this time to recover, you can still pay it off with some effective strategy and a heap of determination. Here are tips to help you deal with debt and avoid filing for bankruptcy:

1. Settle or Negotiate Your Debts

You know you can’t run away forever from debts, so you might as well face it. Debt settlement is similar to the concept of debt consolidation. This means to negotiate with your creditors to arrange a more suitable payment scheme for your current situation. Most lenders are willing to work with you to settle your balances and devise strategies including temporary waiving of payment, adjusting terms, extending deadlines, and many others. Talk to your creditors as soon as possible and negotiate.

2. Property Selling

If your current income is insufficient to cover your debts, you might want to start selling some properties so you can afford to pay. Make an inventory of your properties and identify what valuables you can live without. You can sell your second car, some jewelry, antique collections, etc. This is much better than filing for bankruptcy and have your cherished properties taken from you.

3. Borrow Money from Family and Friends

It takes a lot of pride- swallowing, but borrowing money from family or friends without interest may cover what you need at the moment. Just make sure to pay them when you already can. Confronting money issues takes practicality and you have to be realistic about it. Your family and friends may understand your situation and you might just get your debt break.  

4. Adjust Your Lifestyle

Living a life of frugality is the first step to financial independence. Find even the smallest ways to save money by adjusting your lifestyle. Do away with unused subscriptions, cut down on unnecessary spending or minimize eating out. There are a lot of ways to save money, you just have to be practical about it.  

5. Seek the Help of  a Professional

Hire professionals who can help you with your debt, it can be a financial adviser or a Houston bankruptcy lawyer. These people have all the necessary experiences that can help you get out of debt in the best way possible. Make sure you hire someone trustworthy with a proven track record of excellent services.

Getting out of debt requires discipline and character. Once you decide to follow these steps, you need to commit and see them all through until you reach your desired financial independence.

 

 

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