Watercolor Wednesday 14

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-

Watercolor Wed.13

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 […]

Watercolor Wed.12

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 […]

Watercolor Wed. 8

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. […]

Watercolor Wed.6

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

Watercolor Wed. 3

                                            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 […]

Watercolor Wed.2

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 Wed.

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

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 […]

Stripes for Illustration Friday

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 […]

Sketchbook Page Prep

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 […]