I’m back to doing big watercolors. These are 15×22″. I’m trying not to pay attention to specifics like fingers or folds in clothing. I just want big shapes and I’m trying to stay loose. I’d even like these to be messier and more out of control. I’m trying to do groups of figures so I can work on their relationships to one another. First one, my kids from four years ago:
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A detail of my daughter. I think she started to get a little over-worked so that was when I stopped on this painting. I didn’t want this to start getting nitpicky and specific about subtle details. Looking at Sargent’s watercolors, his faces are pretty understated.
And a detail of my son. This is more what I was after. Simple.
This one is also from a photo taken four years ago. My wife and daughter at the zoo. My wife was pregnant (and showing) with our youngest. My daughter recognized herself from the limited information I had down at this point so I stopped. I wish she was darker to push her more into shadow but I’m not messing with it. Again, I don’t want to start trying to finesse these. I want one-shot, direct immediacy if I can.
Another detail. You can see the very loose pencil drawing I did.
Still learning but getting more comfortable with watercolors. I think I’m getting much closer to bridging that gap between my drawings and paintings. My drawings are rarely tight and detailed and exacting anymore. I’ve lost interest in that for the most part. I return to it once in a while but it seems pointless and thoughtless usually. The drawings I like are direct and intuitive reactions to what I’m looking at, and I really want my paintings closer to them. It’s not as difficult when I’m painting plein air because time forces me to just GO! and not over-think things or worry about things being “right”.
Three of my four acrylic pochades have their new HDPE palettes. The fourth, my largest, has its cut and ready but I’ve encountered a slight bump in the road. The plastic sheets are not 12″ wide but 11 7/8″. I need 12″ for it to fit properly. I’m looking at my options and it will likely require some small modification to the box to make up for the narrower palette. In the photo you can see the old gray one from my small box. I couldn’t get it out of the wooden insert so I had to build a whole new one. Now I have an extra!