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Make Mine a Martini Art Original! My Fun New Martini Art!

Posted in Original Martini Art Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by popartdiva

Read how I created this series and a little background on the style I developed for it below the photos

Original Martini Art Painting by PopArtDiva aka TheMartiniDivaDANCING MARTINIS

Original 8′ x 10″ Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

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Dancing Martinis was the first sketch and the first Martini Art of the series.  It was also the one that defined the style of this hand painted watercolor series.

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Original Martini Art Painting by PopArtDiva aka TheMartiniDivaQUIT SCREWING AROUND AND GET ON THE STICK!

Original 6″x12″ Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

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(For some reason when I looked at this leaning martini glass I kept imagining an olive hanging off the rim instead of in the martini itself so I went with it and created this little cartoon illustration!)

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Original Martini Art Painting by PopArtDiva aka TheMartiniDivaOLIVE A MARTINI, PLEASE

Original 6″x 10″ Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

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The color scheme of this painting uses the tension of opposites on the color wheel – a palette I enjoy using a lot.  In order to tie the red-violet martinis in with the yellow-green background, and also tie in the orange of the olives, I made the confetti dots these colors as well as darker olives and greens.

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Original Martini Art Painting by PopArtDiva aka TheMartiniDivaPURPLE NURPLE MARTINI

Original 6″x 10″ Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

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The background here had a lot less of the confetti look so I went with bubbles and swirls here.  I love painting bubbles for some reason, lol. BTW, there really is such a thing as a Purple Nurple Martini at The Martini Diva!!

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Original Martini Art Painting by PopArtDiva aka TheMartiniDivaPRETTY IN PINK MARTINi

Original 6″x 12″ Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

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I was going to paint the martini here with greens – the opposite colors palette – but with the little bits of blue in the background I decided to stay in the pinks and violets, using analogous (adjacent) color hues for a change.

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CREATING THE MARTINI ART ORIGINALS:

I started this series just this last Sunday with a bit of a plan.  I wanted backgrounds done in abstract wet-in-wet watercolor style background to incorporate tonal qualities that would create a depth of field from slightly different hues from the same area of the color wheel.  Different tone and saturation of the colors would create a visual effect of close-up/far away visually.  I am very fond of complementary and split-complementary color palettes, I find them more dramatic and interesting than analogous colors, as well as more complex visually.  I’ll even get into Triadic andtetradic color schemes though they can be very tricky.  ( Here’s a great tutorial on Color Schemes you might enjoy.)

This type of background is messy work – you wet down the whole sheet and start throwing color on, adding spatters and dropping in some salt for little spots of texture.  These also added a confetti look and that is what took me to the style I ended up with.

Originally my plan was to give the glass area a transparent wash of white and then outline the glasses in white – but the white didn’t show up strongly enough against the light to mid-tone backgrounds.  At this point it was close to the end of the day and I had to stop painting – it made it a very disappointing day for me.  BUT I have learned over the years that a fresh day and a fresh look often solves painting problems and, sure enough, Monday morning I looked at the painting below and realized that I could paint a border around the glasses using the background tones only darker.  This would pop them out from the background and be a dark enough contrast to the white glass and outline.

From there the confetti look of the spatters took me to enhancing the “confetti” feel and then adding the fun swirls coming out of the martinis for movement and a whimsical touch.  I then added a few more little dabs and dots around the swirls for “effervescence” and to bring in the colors used in the cherries and olives.

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Another New Pop Art Diva Original Watercolor

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by popartdiva

Pop Art Diva Original Watercolor Painting by PopArtDivaLADY WINGS THE BLUES

As you can see I love lots of color, most of my Pop Art Divas have been rainbow haired.  I decided that I needed to concentrate on one area of the color wheel for a change and went with blues, greens and purples on this piece.

Lady Wings The Blues has a bit of a Pandora quality to her – I think the curls in her hair positioned themselves just right to give that impression though it wasn’t any plan.  As I’ve stated before I don’t plan these at all when I start the sketches, I just allow them to happen “intuitively”

LADY WINGS THE BLUES

an Original 8″x10″ Watercolor and Acrylic Painting on 200# D’Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper

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Care: Lady should be framed and mounted under glass to protect her delicate sensibilities – watercolor divas are susceptible to UV and moisture damage!!!)

Another Pop Art Diva Painting – Sleeping Beauty

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by popartdiva

Sleeping Beauty - 8"x10" Original Watercolor Pop Art Diva

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Sleeping Beauty was one of the watercolor original paintings that I didn’t finish 2 weekends ago. Well, it was almost finished when I did that stupid thing an artist can do every once in a while, I tried to change something mid stream. Watercolor is a very unforgiving medium, it doesn’t like change – unless of course the change was it’s idea! Those of you who work in traditional watercolor techniques know what I’m talking about.

I had to put it aside that Sunday because it was getting late and come back to it this weekend.  I turned it into an opaque watercolor because I had to cover up my mess on the face – the only area I leave white of course – and use an opaque Titanium White for the skin tone.  It actually gave me an opportunity to try out some new modeling ideas using soft grays and I really liked the effect.

I also took the opportunity to color some of the stars in the negative space.

Mistakes can often lead you down a new road you might not have traveled and help you out in the end by improving your work.  Anyway, Sleeping Beauty turned out lovely and is one of my favorites. I really like having the face coming in from the side and off-balance like this.  You’ll note that I rarely do a centered piece – usually I find them uninteresting and boring in design.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

an Original 8″x10″ Watercolor and Acrylic Painting on 200# D’Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper

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Care: Electra should be framed and mounted under glass to protect her delicate sensibilities – watercolor divas are susceptible to UV and moisture damage!!!)

 

Star Diva – Pop Art Diva Original Watercolor

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by popartdiva

Pop Art Diva, Watercolor, Original PaintingSTAR DIVA

Series: Pop Art Divas, Original Watercolors

I like stars and use them a lot in my art, especially in this series of Pop Art Divas Originals.  If you take a look at this style of pop art cartoon done in the sixties you’ll see a lot of stars – check out the great cartoons done for Yellow Submarine and, of course, take a look at Peter Max’s work from that era – stars are all over the place.

I actually sign my first name – which is Terri, by the way, lol – with a star and have for decades.  For some reason I left it off the logo for PopArtDiva.com – maybe I’ll add it next time I do a redesign – maybe not, lol.

But the stars are showing up all over the Pop Art Divas – it’s part of the genre to me and this is my first Star Diva with a few simple stars in the background and one as a beauty mark by her mouth.

STAR DIVA

an original 6″ x 10″ watercolor and acrylic painting on 200# D’Arches watercolor cold press paper

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Care: Electra should be framed and mounted under glass to protect her delicate sensibilities – watercolor divas are susceptible to UV and moisture damage!!!)

Retro style Pop Art Diva – Tallulah

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by popartdiva

Original Art, Pop Art Watercolor DivaTallulah

Original 8″x 10″ Watercolor Pop Art Diva

When I saw how this Pop Art Diva’s hair just flowed into a design element of its own I made the decision to keep this painting simple and make it  all about the movement of the hair.  I added a simple heart to Tallulah’s cheek and some colored stars to the background and that was it.  There’s something so lovely about the waves and how they are the star of this piece that any more embellishment would have been redundant here.

I named her Tallulah after the actress Tallulah Bankhead who was known for her hair sweeping over her face to create an air of mystery.  This became an homage to my love of old black and white film noir.  If you’re too young to know who Tallulah Bankhead but like old movies you need to Google her – quite an interesting woman.

Tallulah

an 8″ x 10″ original watercolor and acrylic painting on 200# D’arches watercolor paper

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Care: Tallulah should be framed and mounted under glass to protect her delicate sensibilities – watercolor divas are susceptible to UV and moisture damage!!!)

CAT WOMAN IS A POP ART DIVA – Original Watercolor Painting

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by popartdiva

Cat Woman - Original Pop Art Diva, Watercolor 8"x 12"CAT WOMAN

I managed to get six paintings done this weekend, Cat Woman is one of my favorites and it was entirely unplanned.

I don’t make any plans for these paintings when I draw them, I just start sketching and let the drawing take me where it chooses.  Sometimes I see something in them right away that names them, sometimes not.  Cat Woman immediately made me think of a woman wearing a cat mask though I hadn’t planned the face design that way, I just followed the natural contours of a woman’s profile.

The cool thing about this particular piece is that you can hang it either horizontally or vertically because of the orientation of the head.

original pop art watercolor Pop Art Diva - Cat WomanCAT WOMAN

an original watercolor and acrylic painting on 200 # cold press watercolor paper and is 8″ x 12″ in size.

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Care: Cat Woman should be framed and mounted under glass to protect her delicate sensibilities – watercolor divas are susceptible to UV and moisture damage!!!)

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4 more watercolor Pop Art Divas and some Martini Art

Posted in Watercolor Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by popartdiva

More Sketches for the watercolor Pop Art Divas

Sorry for the lousy photo – I shot it pretty early this morning and the light sucked, lol. But here’s 5 more sketches I’ll be working on this weekend.  Yes, you do see a Martini in there – I couldn’t resist.  I love doing martini art and produce quite a bit for The Martini Diva Boutique.

This is just a quick post to show you what I’m going to be working on for the next 2 days.  Check back on Monday to see and buy the finished paintings!  Remember, this is the only place you can buy an original one-of-a-kind work of art from me now that I no longer do art shows!

Okay, now to painting! Yes, I ate breakfast so I don’t have to take a break though I may nibble on a few chocolate kisses.