Playing around with watercolors on my porch on another gray day. On a hot pressed watercolor pad I’ve had for over 10 years. I got it to take a botanical illustration class and never used it after that…until now. This kind of grew across the page.
This was fun at the end of the day…I liked playing with these colors.
I started this with translucents and then piled on paint with a knife.
Another drawing using watercolor to try to figure out these palms!
I don’t know that the studies had any effect on this. Hmm. Do you like this one or the gouache? The thumbnail studies or the bigger “study.” I will need to revisit this.
Just thought I’d play around with different ideas on how to paint darkness in the city, using oils this time. before I attempted the actual piece.
Next–some oil studies and then, hopefully, an oil. It’ll be interesting to see the difference…at least to me.
I did not plan this series…but I think it’s a good idea to keep going with it. More oils of my neighborhood to come. These are done on my porch. Unfortunately, there’s a squirrel that thinks it’s his porch….He flew by today despite my having sprinkled black pepper on the railings. Any ideas for how to convince him to move on, let me know. I have next door neighbors who think it’s a good idea to feed him peanuts…and we’re not on speaking terms so there’s no reasoning with them either.
I attended a little gouache workshop the other weekend…en plein air--again I say–not for the faint of heart. Besides it being 90 degrees, while approaching me the teacher started screaming–and not because of the state of my painting! She’d been stung by a bee!! Gouache is tricky…so I’m trying to practice before I abandon it altogether and all those wonderful little tubes of color dry up as is their wont!
Another attempt at the view from my porch window.