Cloud-Inspired Abstract

I began this experiment with my recent cloud watercolors in mind (Watercolor Clouds from Photograph, Watercolor Painting Process – Clouds).  However, instead of using gray-on-gray, I used two different colors. I laid down the dark red first. Then I used a diluted red and copied the dark contour, leaving a white gap.  I chose blue […]

Watercolor Painting Process – Clouds

I thought a good way to get back into watercolor painting would be to paint clouds. Clouds are amorphous within their bodies, sometimes with hard-edged boundaries and sometimes blending into the sky behind them. Two basic watercolor techniques can be used to create these elements: use of a loaded brush on dry paper to create […]

Watercolor Clouds from Photograph

Today I used a reference photograph from which to model my watercolor clouds. I also used watercolor paint straight from the tube; yesterday’s watercolor was made from paint left over from previous sessions. I used Neutral Tint for all the clouds, and some cerulean for the blue. I began by defining the shapes of the […]

First Foray with Compromised Materials

I decided to ease back into watercolor this year.  A while ago I poured some latex watercolor resist (frisket) onto a 12×16″ block of watercolor paper. On each occasion that I passed by the studio, I saw the frisket design and thought about how to develop it. On new year’s day I started painting.  When […]

Looking at Old Pictures

To peruse old photographs in the 21st century is to pry up the laptop lid, open the files on the disk (that one of the techie relatives made from the original paper photographs), and scrub through them on the screen. Below is a watercolored pencil sketch of just such an occasion.