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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fairview Lake Sunset #Yarka #TwinRocker #Watercolor

Yesterday, I wrote about arguing with the paint.  How I let myself get frustrated (having started out cranky) and fought with the paint instead of letting my tools do their thing.

When I realized what I was doing, I switched gears and started a painting that was much simpler with totally different colors.  Sunsets are pretty easy, dramatic and it's easy to concentrate on shapes rather than details.

I still started off on the wrong foot, grabbing a warm red (vermillion) when I meant to go for a cool (Quinacridone Rose).  That really told me I was off my game.  My colors got a little muddy (that happens when you mix warm and cool colors).

Still, it's loose and impressionistic and half-way recognizable as being from the reference photo. I used a lot of water, and the scan didn't pick up the color well in some areas. The painting looks better in real life than it does here.

Reference Photo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fighting with the paint #Watercolor #Yarka #Arches

Have you ever seen that antacid commercial where people are eating and suddenly the food in their mouth starts flipping around and slapping them?

In yesterday's art class, I felt that way a bit.

I woke up cranky. My neck had been stiff all day and kept me awake a good portion of the night, and I was in a mood. I went to my watercolor class and started working on a second Koi painting.  It started off all right, but I had clear goals in mind and the paint...just...wouldn't...co-operate.  No matter how much I overworked it.

Before long I realized that I was effectively arguing with the paint, allowing myself to become frustrated and trying to make the paint do something instead of letting it do it's own thing and guiding it.  At that point, I set the painting aside and started a new one with totally different colors, theme and layout.  I argued with it a bit too, but since I kept it simple, I was a little happier with the results.  I'll share that one tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Watercolor Koi on Yupo #Yarka #Yupo #Watercolor

In last Wednesday's class we painted Koi, with an emphasis on learning how to paint moving water.  The teacher, Kathy Delumpa Allegri, gave me some Yupo paper to try out.

Very challenging stuff!  Yupo is actually an industrial plastic and it's very smooth.  The watercolor never entirely soaks in, so at any time you can wet it thoroughly, and wipe off every bit of the paint using a paper towel.

It is also sensitive to the oils in your hand, so if you aren't careful, you get spots where the paint will bead up.  This happened to me, so I wiped off the paint twice, and re-drew my fish until I got it just right so that the area that beaded up looked like ripples in the water (the area around the head of the koi on the right).

I've got another piece of this paper.  Now to decide what I want to paint on it!