In The Studio: Just Paint 50

This painting again is about my playing with watercolor trying to find my groove again, as I said it moved along and packed it’s bags and gone to someone else’s studio.  Hopefully it returns with great ideas and a new enthusiasm.  As Stephen King says in his wriiting memoir “keep work so your muse knows where to find you”.  I trusting you Stephen.
I will be using pure colors applied with little water and then layer opaque paint to modified and tone the under colors.  Have fun.A simple strong line will establish the low horizon composition, I do love a powerful line, they are not as easy to do as they look.

Thick red’s applied with a stiff bristled oil brush, I am using cad scarlet, cad red deep and orange, and the blue is sky blue.  I think I should have stopped here I like this minimal abstraction.More pigment establishing the form and saturation the colors, make them rich so they will be a strong undercolor for the opaque lights that come at the end.  Apply the pigment with a stiff brush and very little water.Thalo yellow green hansa yellow are texturally brushed on the foreground.  I have continued to buildup more reds in the sky. Again no excess water.Tricky part number one, using titanium white, pure and mixed, with some yellows on the palette, I brush on top of the strong red sky, but you must use think paint, no water, and a stiff brush, I was using a number 8 oil painters bristle filbert.  They are pretty cheap and hold up to the scrubbing.  I carved out the movement in the sky with a small palette knife.I overlaid warm tones on the green and the using the side of the palette knife I scraped out some indications of reeds, weeds or grass.  This was fun and energetic but not to be confused with a good painting.


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  • Anne Wilson-SkarlatosJuly 6, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    I thought this was an oil painting when I first saw it. So creative!ReplyCancel

  • Rita Kelly CookJuly 6, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Thank you for keeping us inspired – I’m always rewarded with something new when I check your blog. I think your groove is there but it is just quiet with awe.ReplyCancel

  • Pat McSwainJuly 6, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Wow-an energetic watercolor, masquerading as both oil and acrylic! Your techniques would make a good video.ReplyCancel