It seems like I'm always and forever struggling with drawing...I know, I know - just means I haven't done enough drawings yet. So tonight after I finished drawing for the night and was taking a picture to track my progress on this painting I decided to play with the negative feature on my photo editing program - I like the negative image. So - it might be interesting to approach drawing from the concept of adding light instead of adding darkness to a white paper. I was just reading about applying pan pastel to the whole surface and then starting the drawing with charcoal, an eraser and a soft cloth... might be an interesting experiment. Random art thoughts on a Monday night :)
This gorgeous piece I just bought from incredible watercolorist / print maker Belinda Del Pesco arrived today. I can't say how thrilled and delighted I am to get to see her work again in person. I'm the proud owner of three paintings and each one I add I am more thrilled with! I am so drawn to her work - especially the portraits. Her sensitivity, wonderful colors and fine attention to detail make for a delicious treat for the eye and the soul. I couldn't be more delighted!
My husband and I went for a wonderful boat ride today - this is a little watercolor sketch from our trip. This red sail boat was departing from Bowman Bay and I just loved the red against the blue, blue water!
Also - for you watercolor enthusiasts I watched an art video early this morning and learned something new - again. When your watercolor is very wet you can add lines with a toothpick, or the back of your brush if the brush has a pointed back and the grooved areas will collect more water and add lines to your painting. The artist in the video added some fine little background branches to great effect using this technique. I used that for the initial washes for the wake lines in this painting.
This morning I watched a video demo from pastel artist Richard McKinley. It was about doing a watercolor underpainting for pastel. Well, I had to try it. I started with a little sketch in watersoluable graphite...
The next step was doing a very loose, very watery, watercolor painting - right on the sanded pastel surface. I did this underpainting with a stiff acrylic brush instead of my delicate watercolor brushes to avoid having my expensive brushes eaten by the sanded surface. The challenge was to do this watercolor painting with the mind of a pastel artists - not as a watercolor artist. At his suggestion I painted this on an upright easel instead of my normal flat surface - without concern for the paint dripping.
My hands were literally shaking as I started applying the pastels...it's been so long since I used them that I wasn't sure I'd remember how. This was such a fun painting - I think I need to do more! I find the very best thing to do when I've reached a plateau or block with my art is to try something new - a new medium or a new technique.
This is an 8"X10" watercolor painting for a dear friend of mine who has had a very rough year. I'm wishing for her to see this painting and feel the peace and contentment she felt at the moment the reference photo for this painting was taken...floating in sunshine.