S-and-a-Half

I added an bit extra to my initial doodle.  I forgot which end of the ‘S’ figure I started on, but I was conscious of repeating those movements I usually make when I begin and abstract composition: A wiggle of my hand (thumb and forefinger) as I move my arm. Slower motions give me an ‘S’ […]

Crowd Sourced Art Continues

Thank you all for your ideas about how to proceed. Otto and Pam liked rotation ‘A’, Kerfe and/or Nina (memadtwo) liked rotation ‘D’ and perhaps a more intense purple. Estela and others liked the colors as they were. Today’s experiment: Instead of proceeding with the original watercolor in real life, I loaded my Crowd Source composition […]

Back to Basics

It is almost fruit season out here in California. By that I mean painting fruit in watercolors. My wife got me a book about how to paint vibrant watercolor and I am starting from the beginning. Well, almost the beginning. The first chapter was about how to paint an apple. One of the interesting steps […]

Mindless Abstract

I have been nostalgic and laden with heavy thoughts lately, attending my mother’s 90th birthday party on February 9th and being at her side when she died on February 20. I included many of the details in my posts during that period and will not revisit them here.  I want to engage in some mindless […]

Imaginary Forest

Today’s watercolor experiment: I tried to apply what I learned in yesterday’s Purple Woods for another take at depicting a number of trees receding from the foreground. Like yesterday, I only used two colors (except for the fox): permanent mauve and aureolin yellow. The principle to which I tried to adhere  in today’s composition is the […]

Purple Woods

Today’s watercolor experiment: Yesterday’s preliminary experiment in purple was a first step in my investigation of purple-yellow interactions. I was hoping for a result analogous to the orange-blue exercise shown in the latter part of the post, yesterday. In this expansion of my sketch shown in my post, From a Magazine, the goldfish were separated from […]

Persimmon Leaves

I’m taking a sabbatical from my fig leaf renderings for a bit (see Fall Fig Leaves and Fallen Fig Leaf), but not from leaves altogether. The persimmon tree in the next yard extends several branches above the fence, into our yard. We get the leaves and our choice of the fruit that hangs over. When the fruit […]

Scattered

Today’s watercolor experiment: I had several different ideas for today’s study.  Perhaps ‘false starts’ would be a better way to characterize the beginning of this composition. First idea: Upon close inspection of some of the ‘christmas trees’ in yesterday’s post, I was struck by the vermilion-inked razor cuts surrounded by the peacock blue that represented the tree branches. The […]

Bass Habitat

Today’s watercolor experiment: Surface preparation: I used my straight razor today. Not on my face, on my watercolor paper. I used the paper as a strop, dragging it back and forth with the sharp end dragging. There was no chance of cutting the surface if I did it right. I did cut the paper with […]