EDUCATION, PERSERVERENCE...LUCK

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mr. Moustache Watercolor Man

7" x 9" watercolor watercolor, cold press paper, based on a photograph by the incomparable Wilson Freeman*
I'm always trying for that perfect balance between carefree and careful. He's done...almost-but-not-quite...to my satisfaction. 

*Drifting Focus, Wilson Freeman's photography blog, full of beautiful work.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two New

In an effort to get some edumacation, I signed up for Robert O'Brien's one day landscape watercolor painting workshop in Vermont. It was a 2 hour drive from home, and Ron and I treated it as a little vacation--me and paint, and he and fishing. Or panning for gold?! I had a great time at the workshop, and I felt that it confirmed that my technique was valid. 

So I came home and started a watercolor landscape, from a photo I'd taken at the farm.

But I am really, really, not hepped up about painting landscapes, as much as I admire painted landscapes. This thing is dull, dull, dull and uninspired. Maybe it needs a red canoe.

Today, after tweaking the dull landscape, I pulled up a photographic portrait from Wilson Freeman's beautiful blog, and I set out to paint it a la Citizen Sketcher's annual Edgar Allen Poe experiment. Here's a progress shot.
Loose and easy, no initial pencil sketch. I am way more interested in portraiture than landscapture, it seems. Stay tuned to see how this guy comes out!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Freckle Face

5" x 8" watercolor in sketchbook
Yep, freckles are fun.
At least--they are when you're flicking them off a 
stiff fan brush onto a cute face.

One day I'll learn to line up the eyes. 
All of my painted portraits seem to be holding the top of their 
heads at an angle while their mouths are on the level. Bendyheads. 
I never notice it until I scan the work and see it on screen.
Yikes! The longer I stare at her, the higher her eye rises!