Sketchbook study of the base of a door

I tried out my new homemade clip-on water cup with a Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook today. I like the addition of the cup to my kit. This will make some location sketching easier. Sometimes the view standing up is better than sitting down. The cup makes that possible.

In this sketch I didn’t get the colors quite right (the sill isn’t lit properly), and probably picked the wrong subject for the available time of15 minutes, which wasn’t enough time to let the different washes dry enough, but I did learn that scraping into a wash is a nice way to give a weathered impression quickly.

Links on Turner, Updates to Compact Kit

In my recent researches into Turner I came across this three part video series on YouTube. It’s a partnership of the Tate and watercolor painter Mike Chaplin in which he takes a brief look at a few Turner works then goes into the field to give it a go himself. The first is on Line, the second on Tone, and the third on Color. They aren’t exactly educational, more inspirational I think. Really a nice example of how much can be done in a 5 minute clip.

In the second video on Tone he showcases a pretty neat compact watercolor kit with a clip on cup an integrated water bottle. I found it here. Of course I want it–who wouldn’t, especially after seeing it in action (silly I know). Not wanting to drop more money on something I really don’t need, I made a little clip-on water cup of my own out of an Altoids Smalls container which latches onto my compact box. No integrated flask, and my box only holds 8 colors, but it’s a nice budget option for sure:

20140319-211437.jpgBest of all it all fits in a pencil pouch with a couple brushes. Just need to keep a small water bottle with me for quick studies on the go. If only I had time for them during the day.

Slippers and Fizzy Water

Here’s a watercolor only sketch I did tonight. I wanted to try painting without guidelines and correcting as I go.

I changed the paints in my compact kit. Across the top I have Sennelier Yellow Light, Maimeri primary red magenta, Daniel Smith cobalt blue, and Maimeri Cupric Green deep (aka Pthalo green). Across the bottom I have Sennelier Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Sennelier Paynes Grey, Maimeri Ultramarine and Maimeri Burnt Umber. I dulled it down from my prior arrangement to better fit the Tysons area and so I could stay more neutral with a few accents. This palette gives me a pretty good range. I will replace the Pthalo green with Viridian when it runs out so I don’t pollute the water so much on the go.