Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Well, it's nice to be back! I've been working way too hard at my full time job and haven't had the time to spend any amount of quality time painting. So this one is a watercolor I did a couple of weeks ago. I bought a different type of watercolor paper (new to me anyway), Fabriano 140 lb Hot Press. I'd only used the cheaper brand cold press with the rough texture before and I'd wondered what the difference would be. I like the hot press much better. It has a more velvety feel and can take more layers of color. The cold press starts to shed with multiple layers. It might just be me and my technique, but I liked the hot press watercolor paper right away. Sometimes you just know when something works for you, even if it doesn't for someone else.
I have been doing some very small sketches, taking breaks during my busy days. Just trying to keep the flow going, even if I'm not able to really concentrate on a larger painting. I hope the picture translates well, the painting looks a lot richer in real life, maybe I need to scan at a higher resolution.
Happy first day of Fall to all! See some color!
Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm still working with watercolors. Liking the way things flow and mix together, as well as the spaces that are left to shine through untouched by paint. I took several pictures of the daily feeding frenzy at the birdfeeder. Some of the birds chose to wait in line patiently, some were more brazen and pushed their way through to get at an opening. I think using the watercolor medium helped capture the fluidity of the birds constant movement in a way that I couldn't capture with the painting style I use with acrylics.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I'm trying a different medium, watercolor, out for a while. I think it's good to use a different approach occasionally to get a fresh perspective from both the tools that you use and the way you use them. Plus, it's been so nice out, I've wanted to be outside as much as I can watercolors can be quick and immediate. This painting is from a photo that I took at the apple orchard, the lone pear tree amongst the macintosh. I took the liberty of not filling in detail in the background, just a nice complimentary color to set off the brilliant yellowish green of the pears.