I found this composition sketched out in my book from over the summer, so thought I’d finish it off. My reference photo had a giant utility pole in it. I resisted the temptation, and left it out of this. This one was done with Prussian blue, nickel azo yellow, and transparent pyrrol orange. Prussian blue and transparent pyrrol orange are good complements of equal strength, so mix a rich black that can be easily tinted. The Daniel Smith version of the orange is really more like a vermilion or cadmium scarlet, but without the opacity. I am finding it to be a useful color.
A pot catching a glint of sunlight in my front yard. Cobalt blue, nickel azo yellow, viridian, transparent pyrrol orange, and magenta. The shadows are viridian, cobalt blue, and magenta. The highlights are some white gouache.
I am slowly learning my way around gouache, sticking with ultramarine, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and white. The cup on the left reminded me how out of practice I am drawing. I like the little landscape, though, of another field in Montana, especially the yellow ochre fields against a cloudy sky.
Testing out some strathmore toned mixed media paper with a 3×5 sketch. Pencil, indigo, yellow ochre and titanium white watercolor. Though the paper is very thick, it buckles a little of it gets too wet. Good for this type of sketching with watercolor I think, and likely better with white gouache.
I have never tried gouache before. This 5×7 of the Gallatin River in Montana is my first attempt. I could probably spend some more time to make it a little better, but I am not sure I have the patience today. Still lots to learn about this medium. This was done with Holbein gouache–Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White–on Fabriano Tiziano blue paper.
A few weeks ago I was in Montana, and, while I didn’t get to paint there, I did get some good photos to work from. Here’s a 3×5 sketch of one of the morning views from up in the mountains. Some really incredible skies out there.
I went for an early morning run along Goose Creek and took some pictures. A few I intend to turn into larger paintings, and wanted to work this one out in my sketchbook first. I am thinking of a series of paintings on and around the Potomac River. This could be one of them.
I’ve been drawing and painting small sketches for awhile, fitting things in when I can, but haven’t posted much recently. This one is from Fenwick Island–a small park on Little Assawoman Bay. This was done in my homemade sketchbook with 90lb Fabriano Artistico cold press paper. I might work this one up into something larger.
A few weeks ago I made a 3.5 x 5.5 sketchbook of 90 lb Fabriano artistico cold pressed watercolor paper. I’ve been pretty busy since then, but have recently fit a few sketches in, trying out watercolor, pencil, fountain pen and ink (Quink, which washes out to a dark blue and orange) and Pentel color brushes in black and sepia. My goal for the next few months, at least, is to make and fill sketchbooks, to reinforce and improve skills in different media. No plans for big paintings for awhile. I have more paper on the way, both cold and hot press, and plan to make books of different sizes. Now that I have proven to myself I can make a decent book, I am going to stick to making my own with one exception–a mixed color toned paper Fabriano quadrato on the way.
I like unbalanced compositions. Stillman and birn Zeta.