Created this in Juicy Luci class this morning. We were working with brushstrokes and getting a variety of them on the paper and then adding more and more detail. And working with a limited palette.
At first I had a deciduous tree on the left of the painting but it didn't go with the desert scene so I added the cactus and tore the tree off. This could use a few tender loving tweaks. I go too fast and it looks sloppy. Sigh.
This is just the start of something I did in Tom Scott's class this morning. He added the shapes of the dark trees and buildings in the green. Not sure where I am going with this, but will work on it next week in class.
I darkened the colors in this piece from yesterday. It looks better but still needs something. The watercolor pigments didn't blend very well.
Last night, I attended a watercolor pencil, pastel, and charcoal demo at my local, independent art store. It was great. Lots of technique tips and free samples. In addition, I won the door prize because it was almost my birthday. Set of 24 watercolor pencils from Kimberly/General Pencil Company. I was very excited.
Kathi Hanson, the artist and demonstrator, had high energy and lots of tips. One of the best ones was to make a watercolor pencil palette for on the go. Just take a sheet of 90# plain paper and lay down pigment from your pencils. When you get to where you are going, you can simply wet the pigment with your brush and you are ready to paint!
This was from the Saturday watercolor class I am taking. We worked on adding suggestions of figures to a landscape. I like this one. Very loose and the colors are good. It's on cheap butcher paper that we used for practice.
This is the product of a watercolor class I attended this morning. Tom Scott, a local artist from whom I have taken workshops before, taught it. I signed up at the last minute.
I really like how this painting turned out.
Mr. Scott is about 80 years old. He is a doll. So talented and still so excited about painting. He is the one who always says "Paint what you feel" and I tease him and tell him I want to sign up for the Feeling Class!
These are the M. Graham watercolors I have now. The Indigo is from Windsor-Newton and the Dioxazine Violet is Cotman (which is part of W-N I think). I cannot keep these colors in my head. Other artists reel off the names with nary a skipped beat.
These paints are a less expensive (actually free) bunch that I have accumulated. The first six are from an art set and the last two are from Dick Blick Art and came to me via a watercolor workshop a few years ago.
So there you have it. I am glad to get these organized. I will try not to buy any more colors for a while (although I do like the cerulean blue).
This is a section of a larger painting done in Loosely and Juicy watercolor class. It is the section I like best. We are working larger than I am used to - this was done on a half-sheet.
Also went to an Art Fair & Expo at locally owned art supply store. Bought four more M. Graham colors (30 percent off!) and got a free one from the rep who was there. We had a long talk about M. Graham company which is outside of Portland, Oregon. It uses honey in the paint. I don't know if that is a good thing or not but I started with this brand and I am sticking with it.
This one was made by dropping very wet watercolor globs on the paper (one color at a time) and blowing the color around with a straw. Neat effect. Then splattered with red. Wish the colors showed up better here. The paper is very white and makes for a lovely contrast. I think part of the problem is the light bulb - one of those energy savers...