This week’s Watercolor Wed. was fun! Approximately two minute sketches. Simply a dip into color, a smash of brush tip and drag to get the drawing down. Add color into wet and it’s done. This is the order in which they happened. -The last one is my favorite- Advertisements
Watercolor Landscape my way. I became so frustrated working traditionally with watercolor landscape, that I decided to make the experience mine and make peace with the fact that I don’t have the time/energy/interest in making it work. You can see the progression below including a quick and dirty Photoshop intervention. Still no masterpiece, but […]
I’m pushing a little farther into watercolor world with a figure + back round. While I’m not absolutely thrilled with the outcome, I’m sort of pleased that I’m getting braver with the medium. Frankly, there are still a few stumbling blocks for me. Over -noodling is certainly a problem . I sometimes don’t know when […]
My friend’s dog Hershey here. Hershey is a good doggie and the paint quickly became form, except for the right ear, which required definition. Alas, I feel back upon opacity.
Watercolor Wed. sketch-this one took a little longer due to all the hair! Of course, this is a backward progression.
A fifteen minute young woman with a digital spritz to soften between the eyes, and a wee bit of extra hair on top. Couldn’t help myself.
As a portrait painter, my new challenge in watercolor is to quickly capture a natural likeness. When I work in oils, the process is forgiving, because I am able to walk away, reevaluate, and layer corrections to please both myself and the client. The loose watercolor portraits of sisters above, were executed very quickly. […]
Another watercolor portrait, really quick and loose.
I’ve been pushing the watercolor practice. I’m still mostly interested in very loose, direct painting. These are very quick, (approx. fifteen minutes ). About one-third of these experiments go directly into paper recycling. Here’s a survivor;) Initial brush strokes
No perfection on the horizon, but watercoloring is no longer a grit my teeth experience;) This one features a touch of salt in the back round blue.
I had some fun with this. I’ve learned that I must never use pencil to plan a loose watercolor, but instead just go for it. And, to experiment with color!
Watercolor on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor Pad I neglected to leave enough white/light space. I’ve added a few strokes of opaque white watercolor to regain the white, but now the areas appear gray […]
Last Wednesday I complained about my ineptitude with watercolor. This week, I plod on, with three quick attempts at the same subject. Above is the most successful with regard to the look that I want. I found that if I did not plan in pencil at all, I got a better result. This first attempt […]
Watercolor & Sepia ink w/crow quill nib on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor Pad Attempt #1 It’s no secret that watercolor is not my thing. It evades me, it makes me crazy. There […]
Intention began as an Illustration Friday prompt. It didn’t take long to realize that what I was making was decidedly not an illustration. My intention-derailed. I should back up and mention that Intention started as a watercolor, though not a good watercolor. I scanned it and finished painting digitally. So much for my initial […]
Illustration Friday‘s prompt this week is stripes. And, while my above entry is less an illustration and more a portrait, I couldn’t help myself. I love to paint real people. As my penance for not pushing the illustration angle, I decided to make watercolor my medium for this challenge. My watercolor skills are […]
I love to pre-prepare my sketchbook with various media to kick-start a creative page. Of course, there is nothing wrong with sketching directly onto a blank page, but a wet into wet watercolor wash is every so much more exciting to play with. The above face rendered in blues, is the result of a wet […]