Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Worker, a Slacker and a Sailor's Dame

9" x 12" watercolor on nice paper

5" x 7" watercolor on scrappy sketchbook paper

9" x 12" watercolor on back side of nice paper

I find the "back" side texture spongy and not conducive to detail, 
and therefore a good substrate for flung paint.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fence Vine

9" x 12" watercolor

I shut the cover of the sketchbook with the lousy paper and treated myself to a respectable Strathmore watercolor block, drew carefully, and took my time painting. Paper matters.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I Spend Two Days at a Workshop

The opportunity to take part in workshops and study under recognized artist-masters is something that is rarely possible for me in the here and now. They're far away, they're prohibitively expensive, they involve having the luxury of a week or more of vacation time. But when an artist whose work I had admired posted that she was offering a two day workshop in none other than Glens Falls, NY, and the expense was almost in my comfortable affordability range, I signed up. To sign up, I had to pay the dues to become a member of the sponsoring Upper Hudson Watercolor Society. OK! Kind of like I'm a member of the American Watercolor Association or such, right?

Here's my sole surviving exercise from the Sarah Yeoman workshop last month: Lots of wetness.  No relationship to any photo reference. Unfinished? And here's the rub: it's the only work I've had sitting around (and I have a lot of my painting trials sitting around) that my man has glanced at and said,  without prompting,"Nice," in a very long time. Hmm.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Katz's Deli Guy

watercolor 7" x 8-1/2"
Bleached out photo representation of my painting. 
Why does this happen? I need to learn more about photography.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sketchbook Catch Up Photothon

Here's a cavalcade of decent, meh and awful watercolor paintings from my "mixed media" sketchbook with the really too-absorbent paper. No second chances on this stuff! But doing these watercolor sketches on this less-than-quality paper has served a purpose. Feast (or hide) your eyes...

From a photo taken on a trip we took to the Maine coast. I've got to learn how to paint water. 

From a photo taken down the road at the Delaware County Historical Association and home of the Gideon Frisbee House, which is the home, meeting house and tavern once inhabited by Ron's many-times great-grandfather. The building shown is the tollhouse. 

Cookies. I want cookies.

Two shots from my desk, with my current work-in-progress "real" project, a watercolor on nice paper. More layers of colors in my coming attractions!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rolling in the...Gouache?

5" x 8" watercolor

I rarely use gouache, and really, don't even think about gouache when I'm painting with watercolors. However, I had used masking fluid on the marbles' highlights (masking fluid--a bottle not used in the last decade) and discovered that the old fluid was so old that it left bright orange stains when I lifted it off.

I covered them with white gouache. Not perfect, but better than bright orange highlightts!

The marbles weren't standing out from the background, so the gouaching continued with a light white background wash.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dean Mitchell Attempt in My Sketchbook, which Curled Up

Watercolor, about 6" x 9"
I was looking for reference faces; I was looking at watercolorists that I admire, and the websurf coalesced with a nice photograph of Dean Mitchell. If you're not familiar with his utterly masterful work, search it out!