A watercolor study combining my own photo references after studying Sorolla. Part of a class I am teaching, that hinges on an ocean theme: we are examining other paintings and gathering ideas from that process to influence how we create compositions and paintings from our own photo references. I am enjoying the process. Looking at Sorolla influenced how I saw and chose my references and expanded my sense of possibility.
Now its time to go sledding!!!
A bouquet from the garden in autumn (Marigold, Sage, Sedum, Butterfly bush, Russian Sage, Basil, Echinacea, a few leaves from a Blueberry bush) in a tea mug. I began (on a canvas made for watercolor) but set it aside because it wasn’t coming to much, felt dull. Came back to it last night to look for more and deeper color. 9″x12″.
This morning I scoped out our cityscape location for friday’s class. There was an exercise class meeting in the same space/time. I was delighted by how helpful the instructor’s advice was to my own endeavor:
“Practice makes progress. You’re stronger than you think. Keep breathing. Geronimo.” Indeed.
The painting is available on etsy.
My process for this sketch
- Loose sketch in pencil to give myself a chance to feel through some of the shapes
- Began the painting with paint
- Focal point was the clump of yellow trees
- Made marks for the lightest bits: yellow and orange
- Tried to keep things very small indeed!
- This panel was not designed for watercolor, dried slowly, beaded up.
- Moved around the composition to let the paint dry
- Used white to mix neutrals
- Deepened the darks
- Added the burgundy pen, tried to keep a very light hand
A wonderful group of painters met today at my kitchen table. Its one thing, and lovely, to work with students in my studio, but today I noticed today that having their bright creativity in my actual living space is especially energizing.
This is a sketch made indoors, after dark, as I tried to re-imagine the color relationships that I have been seeing and thinking about trying to paint the past week. I started with the glowing, yellow balloon flower. Even in the dark, I noticed when I went to take out the trash, it glows yellow and the oak tree orange/red/purple, I remembered the sage (regular sage) as a cooler blue green. and a bit of scarlet blueberry bush.
Sketches from Wednesday’s watercolor sketch class on bird painting. We began with gesture painting. The sketch below shows how I first sorted out the simple shapes for the painting of the purple bird (on aquaboard, 8″x8″).
More sketches from this visit.