from a dad's view

Holly Berry is finished!

Worked on this friday at lunch and saturday morning to finish it up. It’s matted with a black mat backed off the image to leave a white 1/4 ” trim and then framed. The image shows the black all the way up to the painting, I did this just to give it a border for the post. This was a quick but fun painting that measures about 7″ x10″. Happy Holidays!

21 responses

  1. You did this Friday at lunch and finished it Sunday morning??? OK, now you’re just being annoying. (I’m only saying that cause i’m super duper jealous of your talent.)

    this is beautiful Ryan. Please tell me how you did the snow. I also love how you did the background. It’s very festive! Oh wait, are those jingle bells I hear?

    Great job.

    December 7, 2009 at 8:07 am

    • Your to kind Carol,
      I used a liquid masking on the berries, leaves and snow and wet painted the background. The snow actually has a little more blue than the scan shows. I think working in the graphics industry has help my spend, the customers don’t have the time or the money for you to play around very long, that and I don’t put much detail to the sketching part. Your compliments mean a lot to me, seeing it’s coming from a wonderfully talented artist.

      December 7, 2009 at 8:39 am

    • metaphase

      It’s ok that you find him annoying. I find him annoying much of the time! 🙂 Ok, it’s only because I, too, am green with envy.
      Ryan, love the background. It looks almost like the soft bokeh in photographs. Great work-AGAIN. Annoying…just like I said..

      December 7, 2009 at 11:33 am

  2. Gorgeous Ryan. I admire your work. The bits of snow is a beautiful touch with all the darks and I really like the contrast of the wet-in-wet background against the detail of the berries and the leaves. You are a master!

    December 7, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    • Wow, Thank you so much for the compliment. Like I said to Carol this means a lot coming from you two, I look up to you guys as the true artist. You’re so much more creative and talented, I just enjoy what I do, and hope to reach your level someday.

      December 8, 2009 at 5:55 am

      • I am not more talented or creative……..

        December 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

  3. Bro

    Lil bro,
    Just wanted to share with everyone that I had the opportunity to view this piece up close and personal while visiting my little brother this past weekend. It is truly a blend of colors that work together to bring a sense of festive spirit.
    You Da Man Lil Bro!:)
    luv ya

    December 8, 2009 at 6:29 am

    • Thanks Bro,
      Had a great time this weekend, and for everyones info, 4 adults don’t fit in a photo booth, trust us we know!

      December 8, 2009 at 6:32 am

  4. So I imagine you’ll be using the wet-on-wet technique again Ryan, seeing as it looks so effective here? You always make your images really ‘pop’ and this soft background makes crisp edges of the images in the foreground stand out even more – there’s a real feeling of depth.

    Wishing you and your family all the best for Christmas.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

    • MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family! Be safe, be healthy and don’t let your family spoil you… you get way to much the way it is now! LOL

      December 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

      • Maybe, but I’m worth it…as the saying goes 😀

        December 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

  5. wow, your berries painting are awesome. Reading and looking at your art work ( of course Leslie and Carol work also) really give me lots of inspiration and encouragement. I hope one day i could be a full time artist, not sure if that day will ever come.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

  6. You can’t stop looking at this one, I love it, its my favourite. Have a wonderful Xmas for all of you.

    December 19, 2009 at 7:27 am

  7. This is one of the most beautiful holly paintings I’ve seen.

    December 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

    • Thank you Helen,
      What a wonderful compliment. This was one of my first using the soaked background. I’m still learning with watercolors but hope to continue to learn. Thanks again.

      December 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

  8. artkiss

    gahh youre a masterpiece factory! now how am i gonna keep up?:p happy new year btw.Ü

    January 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

    • Thank you, but masterpiece… I don’t think so, but you’re great for confidence.
      I’m just at the age where I have extra time, your young and have a lot of fires burning at once. I remember those days and very few paintings were done during that time. So, stay young, stay busy, but enjoy life.

      January 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

  9. Oh, my. This is lovely, as is all your work.

    I join the rest of your commenters in envy! 🙂

    January 5, 2010 at 4:32 am

    • Thank you Kelly,
      It’s funny because you say that you look at my art with envy, yet I visit blogs like yours and my other blogging friends with envy and amazement of the talent and creativity posted. Thank you for your kind comment and I hope to see more of your artwork that I will soon.

      January 5, 2010 at 5:26 am

  10. dreamalittledesigns

    Fantastic! I love the contrast of colors and watercolor is so hard to master. I’d say you got it down!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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