Saturday, November 28, 2020
Sunset Drama at the Cove
9" x 7.5" watercolor
on Arches 100% hot pressed paper
These days it starts about 4:00 p.m. -- the sunset drama along the cove near us. Everything touched by the sun turns a shade of orange and everything else goes shadowy-dark. If the tide is out, you'll see a water-bird feeding frenzy picking through the muck. If not, the brown pelicans will be patiently waiting on offshore rocks as they take in the last rays of sun.
So if you want to see the show, you have to drop everything and get out there by 4:00.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
By the Bay
Watercolor and pencil
in Large portrait sketchbook, 8.25" x 5.5", by Hand-book
Especially when you don't quite know what you're doing with watercolor, there can be a lot of pressure in starting a new painting. You have to make a lot of decisions, including what kind of paper to use, what colors and whether to mix them or use right out of the tube, how wet to get the initial washes, when the time is right to add layers without the paint spreading too much, and on and on.
Of course it helps to have a mindset of experimentation and play, but you also quickly become aware that you're after some decent results, and that creates a certain amount of pressure.
For me, sketching takes the pressure off. Anything goes in my sketchbook. Sometimes the sketch lays some groundwork for a more finished painting to follow. Sometimes I like the sketch better than the more finished painting.
I'm rather fond of this sketch. For me, it captured the orange light and the very dark shadows that I witnessed while walking near sunset yesterday. Whatever happens with the painting(s) that I try of this scene, I'll know that I already have this sketch that caught something essential -- at least for me.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
7 x 10" watercolor
on Arches 100% cotton cold press paper
Maybe the fourth time is a charm. Different color palette.* Avoided the temptation to put layer over layer; wanted to be more abstract. Not crazy about the leaves but kind of happy with the trunks.
Time to move on.
*Phthalo blue, hansa yellow medium, quin magenta with just a touch of Chinese white vs. burnt sienna, hansa yellow light, ultramarine blue, orange, and white for the first three attempts.
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