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Portsmouth NH

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Portsmouth, NH. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 19”x13”

Another Portsmouth, NH painting. Enjoyed doing this one and it is a bit of a departure for me. Not quite sure what to make of it yet but I hope I don’t hate it tomorrow as I’ve just entered it into the Newton Watercolor Society annual show.

Edit: Took another look at this piece this morning and am happy with it. The photo doesn’t really do it justice. It’ll do.

Boston Common Sketches

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More sketches today. These were all from photos taken in Boston common a few years ago. These were all fun to do and it surprised me how well they turned out. All done quickly in a 5x8” moleskine sketchbook with a quick preliminary pencil sketch and then straight in with colored washes.

Another view of the George Washington statue. This I was pleased with too.

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This photo I almost skipped over which would have been a shame as it’s my favorite of the day. The swan boats came out surprisingly well.

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Final one of the day. Again another view through Boston Common to the buildings beyond. Not my favorite.


The struggle continues...

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Two versions of the March wetcanvas watercolor challenge. And boy was it a challenge. One step forward and then two back.

Portland Head

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So what to do with the rest of the afternoon. Looking for something quirky I found this from a trip we made to Portland ME almost exactly a year ago. So why not? Not sure quite what to make of this one yet.

Mt Auburn St, Cambridge - Take 2

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Mt Auburn St, Cambridge MA. Michele Clamp. Watercolor on Yup 12”x9”

I was quite pleased with the first version of this but then I had a crazy idea of trying a second version on Yupo paper. This is a synthetic paper which doesn’t absorb paint or water which means the paint behaves in a completely different way to cotton paper.

I had a blast with this and, due to the non absorbent nature of the surface. the colors remain bright and vivid. There were regions where the paint just didn’t stick at all - see on the left - but it was definitely worthwhile having a go.

I had a final experiment on hot press paper (4th in the collage). I don’t think I’m done with this scene yet but I’ll take a break for now.


Vermont Thumbnail

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A quick thumbnail sketch for a painting. Tried this at a larger size and failed miserably. If I try again with better results maybe I’ll post the failure but for now - just the sketch.

Vermont Scene

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Still struggling on. Trying for a loose, calligraphic style here with a textured foreground. Much harder than it looks.

Maine Lighthouse

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Maine Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Maine Lighthouse. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Maine Lighthouse
250.00

11”x14”/16”x20” matted.

One of a series of lighthouses in a more naturalistic, subtle style.

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Another go attempting something with subdued color.   Maybe a little too tentative in places but hangs together well.

A couple of intermediate shots below. I decided to use masking fluid for the lighthouse so I could sweep the sky in wet in wet. In the end I’m not convinced it was worth the trouble.

Here is a shot after the sky went in and I’m half way through the rocks. Always a bit of a gamble rocks but they’re progressing well here. Part of the secret is to be confident, vary the colors but don’t delineate every rock outline.