Monday, May 27, 2013
I love watching them skim the water as the waves are crashing. Even though they are large, clumsy looking birds while on land, they are very graceful in flight. These are brown pelicans, which are prevalent in Mexico on the Pacific side.
This was a challenging painting because of the paper I used. It is a piece of Lanaquarelle 150# watercolor paper that I've had for a very long time. I've never heard that sizing in paper goes away over time but this certainly didn't seem to have any on it. I've used other Lanaquarelle paper that was purchased in the past year and really liked it.
As soon as I put brush to this paper, I knew it was going to be a hard surface for painting. It absorbed the paint immediately like a blotter. I was tempted to throw it out but it was the only paper I had with me (I was out of town) so I continued and eventually enjoying working on it. One of the problems was that the paint kept absorbing into the paper and was pretty pale when it dried. The back of the paper looks like it was painted also because the paint bled through.
I don't think this would ever be a favorite paper but it was interesting to have the paper completely soaked and apply paint and not have it spread. I think working on surfaces that challenge my usual way of working is a good exercise. But...next week I will paint on a less stressful surface. : )
Image Size 11" x 15"
Monday, May 20, 2013
This was drawn a long time ago. I don't even remember drawing it and don't know what photos I used as reference. This paper was attached to one of my watercolor blocks and I wanted to paint it before I cut it off so that the paper would stay flat, which is the whole purpose of having a watercolor block. I wasn't that motivated to work on it and I didn't want to paint white or pink lilies again so I guess that's why I decided to paint them orange.
The orange paint I usually use, mostly in mixtures so that it's not really orange, is Cadmium Orange. After painting watercolors for 20 years, that tube of paint is finally gone. : ) The only other orange I have is called Brilliant Orange, which is made by Holbein. It's a nice clear color but but it isn't a very strong color. I had to use this almost straight from the tube to get this much color.
This wasn't one of my favorite paintings to work on but the good news is that my watercolor block is now ready for a new project.
Image Size 12" x 16"
Monday, May 13, 2013
Image size 6"x 6"
Monday, May 6, 2013
We don't usually have dramatic looking skies here in Southern California. Most of our days are sunny and when we do get rain, we rarely get really cool looking clouds. I have taken a lot of cloud pictures as I've traveled and now I want to do a series of paintings featuring the sky as the focal point.
Today is a rainy day (one of the few we've had this year) so it seems appropriate to post this painting. Of course, our sky is just gray, but I can pretend that it looks like this one. I'm just really happy that we are getting some much needed rain.
This is painted on 300# Arches cold press paper. I'm going to have to crop some of the top because of that annoying watermark that they use on their paper. It's so maddening! I do like the way this paper works for wet into wet painting though. I soaked it and then played with the sky until I was happy with the result. Then I let it dry before painting the ground and trees. That small area was painted wet into wet also.
Cool and Cloudy
Image size 8" x 30"