Another attempt at a half sheet. I use a 2″ flat wash brush for most of the layout. A #6 round for the finer lines and #12 red sable round for medium strokes.
A full sheet of watercolor paper is 22×30″, half 15×22″, quarter 11×15″. Alizarin crimson and prussian blue make the purple rocks.
This is a girl feeding the seagulls in acrylics. It was a cold day so her face seemed to turn the color of the seagulls.
This is a few freehand horses that were painted with watercolors and pen & ink.
These two expression watercolor paintings reminded me of when I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was a professor of graphic arts at the local community college for six years. I had a boat and traveled around Lake Mead, up and down the Colorado river to the entrance to the Grand Canyon.
I watched an old movie about Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. So I painted my interpretation of them in expression style with acrylics on 18×24″ newsprint.
I painted Orange Cove seascape painting on a 15×22″ Arches cold press watercolor paper. I have made some art dvds in the past and wanted to check out a way for me to shoot a video sitting down.
The video came out blurry and not sharp, lighting wasn’t good, part of my head was poking into the camera, not ready for prime time youTube. I have other videos at youTube, type in seascapeKen, with no space, into their search engine. No watercolor videos yet. The painting took 1 hour and 5 minutes to shoot.
Below is a couple of pics of my trial set up for video. The painting came out okay, watercolor expression, pic of my dolly and a shot from the camera.
Orange Cove Studio
Orange Cove shot from camera
I walk into my studio or sit down with my new watercolor table and I don’t have any pre-conceived ideas about what to paint. When I load the first brush with paint, I start to lay down paint and that’s when I might decide to paint recognizable shapes and objects. So I let the painting happen but I am more concerned about making the color scheme and color temperatures work then I am about value.
This is how the first painting happened, a palm tree came to mind and this one came out from the canvas. The second painting was finding colors that worked and then turned into what it is when I drew some lines in.
Around the Bend