Late night watercolor play. I resisted the urge to fill in the shapes completely, and outline. I added interest with a texture sheet. What do you think… unfinished, or rustic?
I have a handful of small paper scraps that need using. I have decided I need to paint fairly large. 6 x 6 to 12 x12 seems to be good for me. Maybe I should say my eyes and hands have made the decision for me. LOL. It’s getting harder to paint small details.
We’ve had perfect puffy clouds the last couple of days. I wanted to paint the sky.
Enjoying my small paper play. I hope you can find time for the things you enjoy this weekend.
I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. E. E. Cummings
The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice. Frank McCourt
Three fun, but failed landscapes. I used one of the mini Legion pads, Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Heavy. The other minis have 10 or 15 sheets, this one only has five. The paper is so thick, it is more like an artboard. I like that it can handle lots of water.
This is my last try. I like it, in spite of it not working as I planned. I thought about showing it vertically. But I decided I liked this view better, as painted. I think it could use more light areas.
I used Yellow Ochre, Indigo, and Green Gold. And the Indigo was the smallest proportion in each painting. They still went much darker than I wanted. I used a credit card to apply the paint and then sprayed water to get the paint flowing. Very little control using this method. It is better suited to larger pieces of paper. Still, I had fun experimenting!
Thought of naming this one, “Ocotillo before the bloom.”
Second try is too heavy handed. Too much pigment, not enough water.
So what do you think? Did I make improvements in the end? Did my roundabout path to looseness pay off?
In watercolor, if you are not in trouble, then you’re in trouble. Selma Blackburn
The watercolorist’s vocabulary consists of the ability to handle edges in a variety of ways, from soft to hard. Tony van Hasselt
This challenge is going by much to fast. We are already a third of the way! Even though I feel like I have been struggling to create, I do not want to pass quickly. Haha.
I painted this on a sample size of Stonehenge Warm white. I am not sure if it is meant for watercolors, but it seemed to work fairly well. Although one area I tried to scrub started to show wear. I painted it vertically, liked it better this way. And I thought I would use it as a background. As I seem to be creating those this round. Hahaha.
I started out, trying to use Jean Haynes style, but the paper was not cooperating, so I just went with it. I will try again on the Fabriano.
Without the text.
On my way home from Phoenix, I decided to make a few stops for art supplies, naturally!
Jerry’s Artarama, Woo Whoo! Two pads of Fabriano paper. I have used the rough before, always wanted to try the smooth as well. I found an orange Micron pen, which could be fun. Also a large palette knife and more pens.
ATC sized pads of Stonehenge paper samples for only about $1.50 were too cute to pass up. Aqua Coldpress Heavy, Warm White, and Yupo Heavy. And BOY! The Yupo is a terrific weight, nice thickness. The Aqua is super thick. I am looking forward to trying it in a larger size. It is like a heavy-duty card stock. Super thick. The Warm White is thin, but still a good weight and smooth-surfaced. Follow the link to see how they work with different mediums.
Next was Dollar Tree. While I was helping my aunt, I came across a dollar store supplies video. Well, you know how hard it is to resist art supplies. She recommended some pens, I am not sure if these are the same, but I really like them. And they did not bleed when I used them with the yellow sharpie. A mid-sized pair of scissors. I also found packs of self-laminating sheets. Roughly 4.5 x 6, perfect for postcards.
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty. Henri-Frederic Amiel
I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall do till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness. Charles Dickens