Today’s watercolor experiment: I usually post a warmup exercise before I perform my experiment. Today, my warmup exercise and experiment are one and the same. I continue to pursue the elusive blot. The advice in the book from which I am learning (the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend) […]

ReBlotting Exercise, Complete

I am back at home after a couple of days visiting friends. The post from the day I left (ReBlotting), was an experiment with blotting and lifting pigments from the paper. As I was in a rush to leave, I only completed part of the experiment. Completed (ReBlotting) watercolor experiment: I rewet the original study and added […]


So sorry for the lateness of this post. It’s a long story but suffice it to say that my wife and I took a trip to visit friends 150 miles away and I forgot my computer. I know… ‘the dog ate my homework ‘ etc. etc….  I did remember the charger, though. (Sheesh! What a […]

Lesson 10.5 – Creative Blotting

Today’s warmup exercise: The title of today’s exercise in the book I have been following, the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend, is Creative Blotting. The idea was to drop grainy pigments, such as raw umber and burnt umber onto pre-wetted watercolor paper. From there, the instructions said, to wipe […]

Abstract 101819

Yesterday I displayed the underpainting for today’s final abstract. For convenience, I reproduce it here: Today’s watercolor experiment: I took yesterday’s underpainting, (composed of lemon yellow at the center with a dab of gamboge, surrounded by the pinkish opera rose in turn enveloped by cobalt blue) and soaked it with clear water. I washed lemon yellow […]

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