Marcia Kuperberg: artist - Oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media. Miniaturist. Ceramicist

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Apologies for disappearance of blog images!

Vistaprint, my web host, has lost my blog images!!

But, "don't worry," they say, "on our new platform this won't happen." 

So, before too long, my blog will  be resurrected, complete with images relating to this exciting text. Watch this space!


Open Studios

This year I am taking part in Harrow Open Studios for the first time. 
I've visited other artists' homes and studios as part of this annual event, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing a huge variety of art and meeting other artists but have always either been too busy to take part or the time has clashed with our holiday arrangements. Now, I've bitten the bullet!

HOS takes place over the first two weekends in June and local artists open their studios/homes to the general public so people can see the wonderful creativity that abounds on their doorsteps.

It's a One-Woman-Show for me, something I've always wanted to do. So as not to have any last minute panics, I've already begun preparations: painting (as always), hanging - and preparing invitations for my neighbours to accompany the 300 printed brochures given to each participating artist to distribute. 

As drinks and nibbles will be served in the garden, I'm also trying to get that in good order. 

Most work will be available for sale - but it's really an opportunity simply to welcome my neighbours and art lovers to my home to see, and hopefully, enjoy my work.

If you're in Stanmore, London during the first two weekends in June, drop in!

Summer in the Park: new watercolour

Watercolour: Pinner Memorial Park - Summer. Size:20.25
Pinner Memorial Park is a lovely place to spend a Summer afternoon. As I have an exhibition opening in West House in the park from Saturday 27 September until Sunday 5 October, I visited and had a coffee in the cafe at West House overlooking the artificial lake. 

Two children were playing with a puppy - great subject for a painting, so I quickly sketched them and clicked away on my iPhone. Here is the result, my latest watercolour. I should have had the presence of mind to find out their identity so I could send the family my photos or possibly a print of the painting. Maybe they'll come to the exhibition and discover themselves on the wall. . .

Lest we forget...

Now that my ceramics classes have closed for the summer, I'm spending a lot of time painting watercolours. With so much on the news lately to commemorate WW2, I've created 'Lest we forget' - a watercolour of the best known symbol of war remembrance, red poppies. This will be exhibited for the first time in the Pinner Arts Week at West House, Pinner Memorial Park from Friday 26th September - for one week.

As reference, I used some poppies from the garden to get the flower's fragile 'feel' as well as an image from The Sunday Times that suggested movement in the breeze. 
After some earlier struggles with watercolour paper buckling after applying wet colour washes, I have mastered the stretching technique to keep it flat.
There are various clips on YouTube which makes the process appear complicated, and I tried some of them - useless and worse. And yet, it's really so easy! 

I'll post the technique very soon as a separate post, with thanks to Madeleine Brennan of the Harrow Art Society who passed on her technique to me and others. Maybe I'll also post it to YouTube as a 'fail safe' method.

The third wild beast! My panther watercolour!

Watercolour of Panther by Marcia KuperbergHere he is - to join his mates the tiger and the leopard: my evil panther. Take care - he has his eyes on you! Painting him was a challenge - all that black fur. In reality, I did not use any actual black paint in the painting - it's all blues, dark mauves, greens and mixes.

Painting local landscapes in pen & wash

Haven't posted for a while - been so busy creating.
I've been painting pen and wash watercolours of local scenes. This is Bernays Gardens near where I live in Stanmore.

In Springtime parts of London are transformed by blossom trees and, Bernays Gardens, like so many areas in London bursts out in glorious pink blossoms. Bernays is a local treasure: a small walled garden hidden amongst the shops - a little sanctuary to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Marcia's pen & wash painting of Bernays Gardens in Stanmore.Here's the final pen & wash painting just under A1 size 27" x 19.75"
Below: two stages of creation - left image shows initial broad washes to begin basic tones and colours. The second stage, shown on the right, gives more detail but no pen work as yet. 
The fine pen strokes seen above in the final painting, are done with a fine nib dipped in Indian ink, adding detail while giving delicacy to areas such as blossoms.

First stage of painting pen & wash of Bernays Gardens, by Marcia KuperbergMore detail in pen & wash painting, but no pen as yet.

Another wild beast painting: growling tiger!

Watercolour: Tiger, now complete. By Marcia Kuperberg. Size A3: 42 cm x 30 cmFirst stage of watercolour painting of tiger & cub by Marcia Kuperberg2nd stage of watercolour painting of tiger by Marcia KuperbergWatercolour of tiger & cub by Marcia Kuperberg. Needs to look fiercer.

I've completed the second wild cat, my tiger (and her little cub). As usual, when I showed it to my husband, the first thing he said was "she looks too tame - like a pussycat", so I opened her mouth and she let out an angry growl! Here are some of the stages of creation.

Stage 1: broad washes of basic tones and colours.

Stage 2: more detail, more stripes that help define the body.

Stage 3: (colour only look washed out because of the different light when I took the shot.) Best part is adding the fine lines, especially the whiskers. 
However, at this stage the tiger's tongue was hanging out but she was not growling or snarling. 

closeup of watercolour of tiger's face showing whiskers and snarl.To do this, I had to crinkle up her nose, and add teeth. Now she's suitably fierce. 

Leopard is now spotted and whiskered and finished!

I've finally completed my leopard and the forest background. The best fun was putting on his fur and whiskers which were done with the fine nib of an artist's pen using gouache so it would show up on the watercolour. 
Size: A3, 42 cm x 29.7 cm
Watercolour (pen & wash) painting by Marcia Kuperberg. The fur, done in fine line with a pen, was a painstaking task, but gives him his furry texture and skin.
Below are the stages of creation. As this painting is watercolour, and I do not use black, the spots are a mixture of colours: ultramarine, brown, dark green. I took care to keep tonal contrast that helps give him shape.  

Stage 2 of leopard watercolour painting. The spots had to be sized and placed to help show the leopard's form.stage 1 of watercolour painting: broad washes of watercolour, trying to get correct proportionsn and tones.

New watercolour painting: garden (as seen from my studio)

Well, it's been quite a long time in creating - started in Summer, nearly finished in Autumn, finally finished in Winter. The season shown is the end of Autumn - I loved painting the fine tracery of tree trunks and bare branches in the distance. In fact, I loved painting all of it. Now, can't wait for Summer to enjoy the real garden again.