Of Paints and Waterbrushes

So I had wandered into ArtBeat on Mass Ave with the intention of buying some 0.5 mm leads for my mechanical pencil.    However I seem to have exited with a set of Kuretake paints and a new waterbrush.  I know that John Lovett had played with these before so I knew good results were possible but then I’m no John Lovett.

Some swatches in the moleskine.  The pigments came out nice and rich which bode well.    At the last minute I decided to use the waterbrush to see how that worked with the paint and whether they would make a good traveling kit.   I’ve struggled with waterbrushes in the past as I either get too much or too little pigment on them.  They also tend to leak blobs of water when you least expect it which makes things interesting.   But it was worth a try.

Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 9

So it was plein air painting today (outside to you and me) and we were down in the center of Gloucester near the maritime museum.  It was a great spot and we all had a great time.    Not least we were near lots of restaurants so we had the opportunity for a leisurely lunch for once.   I took full advantage of this.

Charles chose this view of the old paint factory and ten pound island (did I remember that right?).  In the foreground was a handy rock and miscellaneous dock materials.

We hogged the end of the dock for the rest of the afternoon.   Many people managed two paintings and I filled in some time with sketches.

My effort – not great but painting outside is such great fun I don’t really care.

Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 8

People today (no more flowers thank God) and we got to paint nude models.   Charles was very wary of this and said we’d need all the luck we could get which shows you the amount of confidence he has in us.

This is mine – I went further than I would usually do with all the drapery and stuff which is probably too much but I didn’t care at that point.

It’s hard painting in workshops and I feel overly inhibited from trying much that’s new so everything is overly tentative.  It’s worth coming to watch Charles paint however.

And this is his painting of the second pose.

Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 7 Painting 2


This one was a ‘throw caution to the wind’ affair.   After the first rather tight rendition of the flowers I wanted to see if I could inject a bit more energy into things.   It was *really* tough and I didn’t know what the hell I was doing most of the time.   It’s not perfect but I’m definitely moving the dial a little.

Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 7 Painting 1

I don’t seem to have a photo of the setup for this one.  I’m getting sloppy.

Anyway – I tried a couple of different things in this painting.  First – less water and more paint.  In fact more paint than I could reasonably think I need.   Second – I worked the flowers a little more than I would normally to see if more detail would improve them.   The first change wored well I think – things aren’t washed out and things pop.  A little garish maybe but I’ll take it.

The flowers didn’t work out so well.   Too fussy but you never know unless you try.