Watercolor Life Class – number 2

Watercolors are hard and life classes are hard.  Combine the two and I’m ready to tear my hair out at the end.   This is class number 2 – last week’s was so bad I couldn’t even bear to post it.

This week went better.    We started off painting lights only on medium toned paper and these two came out pretty well.

We then went into ‘do your own thing’ mode for 90 minutes and the only result worth posting is below.

As I said – better than last week.  Still a lot of room for improvement.  

New CCAE Exhibition – Ready to go

Very excited!! I submitted 10 paintings to the latest

 (Cambridge Center for Adult Education – oh yes!) exhibition and 8 were accepted.  Of course this meant 8 mats, 8 frames, 8 sets of forms in triplicate,  making sure all the frames had hanging hooks etc etc.

Phew!   Doing this took longer than the paintings themselves.

Still.  I really enjoy doing this and am slowly learning that I should paint to standard sizes that fit in standard frames and mats (matts? mattes?).

The pig has already sold thanks to James’ promotion on facebook!   See

 to see his calculations as to hourly income.   No giving up the day job yet sadly.

For anyone who is interested the opening reception is from 6 – 8:30pm on May 8th at 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.

Portrait of Kayley the Dog.

Our good friend

 has probably the most well-behaved, good natured dog that has ever existed.   As much as I shy away from pets (fur is a tricky thing) I had taken some photos of Kayley that looked like they would form the basis of a good painting.

I’m working small again here – 5×7.   This was initially because the latest CCAE exhibition was asking for small things and I had some spare spaces.    This is a work in progress and the head isn’t quite right but I’m cautiously hopeful it will turn out well.

Note: Kayley is a Puerto-Rican rescue dog and so has to be spoken to in Spanish.

Revisiting Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions.

I’m collecting quite a view painting videos now and some of my favorites are by Charles Reid.   As with most ‘how-to’ books the value and interest is not in the tips or advice.   Charles Reid in particular is just a pleasure to watch paint.  He talks you through what he’s doing and his thought processes.   Do I learn anything?   Who knows – but it’s a simple pleasure,  calorie and cholesterol free and easy on the liver.

Here’s the results of me noodling along with his Watercolor Solutions DVD (note: there are no solutions, tips, tricks or shortcuts and I’m 90% sure these titles are foisted on these books by the marketing department)