Archive for June, 2013

So now we’ve come to the final stage of painting ‘The Dragon.’ At Part 5, I painted the red background and gave it a “weathered” effect. So all that was left was to fill in the lines and body of the Dragon.


To fill in the body of the Dragon, I used the acrylic color called Mars Black by Windsor and Newton along with a fine paint brush for detailed lines.


So here is ‘The Dragon’ finished up and signed. I had a lot of fun painting this one, especially since it was kind of a tribute to one of my influences, Katsushika Hokusai.


To see this painting in detail click here:

-Roz Barron Abellera



I started to lay down the red background over the black underpainting. As you can see I didn’t go for a solid red background. I wanted it to look kind of weathered and blending in a little with the black. Here’s a closer look:


Another way you can achieve this look is to use what I call a “dry brush” technique. What I do in that technique is take a brush and I don’t wet it or wet the paint with water. I dab a little paint straight from the tube onto the brush. I then drag the dry brush very lightly over the canvas. This will pretty much give me the same look.

I chose to do it this way instead because I like having layers upon layers of paint. It’s just a preference of mine. See you at Part 6.

-Roz Barron Abellera


After I sketched the design onto the canvas, I painted the background black. This is just the underpainting. The actual background is going to be red.

I painted it black first for two reasons: 1) I don’t like painting onto a stark white canvas. I found when you paint on a stark white canvas, sometimes there are always little “white spots” that you don’t notice until you take a close up picture of your painting or scan your painting. 2) I want some of the black to show through the red. The background will not be a solid red, It will look kind of weathered and with some of the black showing through.

Part 5 is coming soon.

-Roz Barron Abellera