I love the textures in this photo and that it is rendered in black and white and in color.
Ideas of the loquat and the loquat leaf are still in my head. Today I used my compass and ruler to construct the loquat leaf. In my other drawings of these leaves, I left out their scallopedness. Although my watercolor today is an abstract of two loquats and a leaf, it is more representational of the leaf than […]
This is probably my last warmup and exercise in the book from which I am learning: the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend. The last lesson is about observation with remarks from John Ruskin a writer, art critic and champion of J.M.W. Turner, on of the masters discussed in […]
It must have been post Thanksgiving guilt. One sees things depending on one’s mood, frequently. Or at least I do. I was on the way to the store for some slimming products when I noticed a leaf on the ground. It wasn’t so much the leaf that caught my attention, but it’s shadow. There it […]
My leaf painting of yesterday (Meditation) reminded me of a couple of other leaves I painted: Originally posted December 21, 2014 (Sidewalk Leaf): and, originally posted December 20, 2014 (Another Leaf):
When I have no dream images to figure out how to paint, when I have to change my subject matter to portray because it has become too emotionally difficult to handle (my autistic brother Mike), I don’t know to paint. I need to paint. I found a solution today. Today’s watercolor experiment: I am attracted to visually […]
Today’s watercolor experiment: I decided to continue following the advice of Leonardo DaVinci who said, “Those who are in love with practice without knowledge are like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain [where] he is going. …” Yesterday the goal of my practice was to ‘glisten’. The subject […]
Observation I have been thinking about Paul Cézanne and his approach to art (Hajo Düchting, Cézanne, Nature into Art Taschen, 1999). Perhaps I am wrong, but I picture him wandering about Provence looking, not only at the vistas, but also at smaller objects of nature. He said, “This region is full of undiscovered treasures. There […]
Before the torrential rains that stripped all the leaves from the trees in the back yard, I took a snap of the fig tree next door. Most of the leaves had already dropped off, but there were several left. Although the photograph doesn’t portray what I saw very well, I used it as a template for my watercolor […]
Can anyone identify this leaf? I saw it along a trail on a hike in the Los Angeles area. Other information: It is on a bushy plant with brambles.