Monday, August 10, 2015

Here is a wonderful Black mixed from Red Oxide and Prussian Blue. This is a nice limited palette
I called it Low Earth.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wet in Wet watercolor Metods

Class Demo
For this assignment begin with:
  • On a 140 lb. Arches Watercolor Paper, begin with wetting the paper with a good size watercolor brush (1 1/2" for a quarter sheet of paper, 3" watercolor brush for a full sheet) use the largest brush that you are comfortable with.  Often times students use to small a brush in wet in wet washes. 
  • Be sure you have a good composition plan before you begin by sketching in your sketch book. 
  • Complete a watercolor value plan in black and white.  Have passages of the light value area, middle value area ,and dark value areas. This creates patterns that unify and give structure to the painting. 
  • Have your pigment or hues you have chosen ready on the palette before you begin. 
I will be using the Old Masters Limited Palette of Yellow Ocher, (my yellow), Burnt Sienna, my red) and Paynes Gray, (my blue). All other colors greens, oranges, and violets will be mixed from these three primary colors. Yes the color harmony is very muted (low intensity).
Step by step examples are forth coming. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Taggart Lake Painting Series

Taggart Lake is a favorite family hiking area as well as Surprise Lake in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. The Above painting is a watercolor palette of Cobalt Turquoise Light, Cobalt Blue and Nickle Azo Yellow. The red range from Winsor Red to Indian Red. A great day.
I love the striking white Granite rock in this area with the dynamic vertical pine. 

Here is another view of Taggart Lake this painting is completed with an earth palette of Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna and Quinacridone Burnt Sienna.  Logs and rocks are powerful patterns and unique underwater challenge.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Granulating, Bleeder's, Settler's and Personalities or Qualities of pigment

Researching the watercolor pigments you use by creating charts or swatches of color on scratch watercolor paper is essential part of becoming a watercolor technician.
I am constantly working on my brush skill of  a good straight line and steadiness. 
Sometimes 1/2 inch masking tape comes in handy for me to clean up nicely. 
Quality brush work is like daily morning scales on the piano. 
Practice practice and practice. 
No Perfect Practice and Practice and Practice. 
Lets watch my progress on this. 
*Note to self. Self:  If its worth doing its worth doing well.  Self: Noted.