Over 450 paintings since February 2012.
I’ve been wanting to do a lobster for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. We don’t often get the chance to use a lot of red so I made the most of this one.
This was an absolute joy to paint. All Moleskine lessons learned were applied. Plenty of water and plenty of paint. Let the stuff puddle on the surface, keep painting quickly and don’t expect much blending. In fact this one was more like drawing with paint than anything else.
So the shameless pandering? Well this was painted to be part of World Watercolor Month on facebook. I’ve noticed that the paintings that get the most attention are :
– brightly colored
– have a lot of contrast
– are not too detailed (phone screens are small).
– have an immediate impact (no fussiness).
Think I’ve covered all bases there.
These action shots seem to be very popular on facebook right now and I don’t want to be left out.
Something clicked here (even though there are proportion problems with the drawing). This is almost entirely done with quinacridone gold and a mixture of ultramarine and burnt sienna for the darks.
The secret – plenty of water and plenty of paint. Let the stuff puddle on the surface of the paper and it will move around (or let you move it around) for a fair while.
For the first time this felt closer to painting than fighting.
I went into these gouldian finches highly confident and, as usual, was still optimistic after the initial drawing was done and was starting to paint.
Something got lost along the way and they all ended up a a bit paint by numbers. Never mind.
Well this one was rather ambitious. I’m still on the Moleskine learning curve and this would have been tough under normal circumstances.
I started off painting the
in my A4 (roughly 8×11″) Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. This turned out well and so I came back to it for my next assignment – vegetables.
I’ve often complained about the paper in the Moleskine sketchbooks because, although the paper is thicker than standard, it isn’t really watercolor paper at all. Proper watercolor paper has some absorbency to it and once the paint is down it will carry on blending with whatever is around it. This is a large part of the charm and challenge of watercolor – the damn stuff has a mind of its own. This paper though – you put the paint down it basically stays there unless you go in immediately and coax it around. And you have to do this quick as the paint dried almost instantaneously.
So it’s frustrating. But I’ve decided to go with the flow and work with it rather than against it. And this sketch came out quite well considering I was trying many different things in various parts. The garlic and the onions were the most satisfactory – simple glazes of color with a few darks drawn in with paint at the end. The left hand tomato is as close as I get to overworked but I was pretty happy with it. The stalks in the top right were great fun. Put in very quickly and almost drawing with the paint here.
Well this certainly is colorful. I’m actually pretty happy with this. The face has just enough detail to draw the interest and the wispy feathers on the wings came out pretty well.
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