I dared to try painting the figure in watercolor today. I took my acrylics just in case but left them in the van. I enjoyed the change from a forgiving, changeable medium like acrylics to the challenging unforgivingness of watercolors. I may try it again…. I dunno…. It’s hard for me to see (and show!) results as rough as these. I know what I get out of something like this but I don’t know that other people can see the value in it.
A quick one to loosen up a little. Student grade paper always performs poorly for me but probably the most interesting of the three today. I should’ve just done a bunch of quick ones.
This one is on QoR watercolor grounds that I tinted with acrylic paint. You can see the edge on the right where the paper is white and the toned ground was added. I needed opaque white to pull out the lighter areas. That was kind of a fun approach but much stiffer and controlled than I like with watercolors.
A bigger effort. Perhaps over worked. But I’m happy enough with it being my first try at using watercolors with a live model. I’m still clinging to reality a bit too much I think.
And this was a quick watercolor sketch I tried to try and muster some courage to take watercolors to our figure painting group.
I raced this morning to get all of my domestic responsibilities taken care of so I could go out and paint some more ice before it’s gone. I don’t usually get to paint plein airs mid-day. Today I got to paint two. I have a lot of studio work to catch up on but I couldn’t resist. It was warm today and the ice was melting as I painted it.
After painting that type yesterday I needed some fun.
And after lunch I flipped the paper over and painted another one on the back.
Another box painting. This box I liked because of the lettering even though lettering is something that I’d typically omit. I have a couple more boxes with lettering that I like so I thought I might as well stop putting it off and do one to see what happens. I’m not sure about it. Usually I like these to be more loose and carefree. Adding the lettering was not part of the process I enjoyed very much.
I hope besides the obvious implication of internet shopping people can see the humor in these.
I went to another figure painting group today. I always do a thumbnail sketch before I start painting, but today I also did a watercolor sketch to familiarize myself with the shapes I’d be using.
Then I went to work on my acrylic. This wasn’t what I had in mind when I went today but this is what I came away with. 16×12″ About three hours. His left hand was resting on the handle of a long sword. I didn’t include it because from my vantage point it seemed more of a distraction and interfered with the figure.
I had so much fun yesterday that I had to go back again this morning. Looking the other direction this time, down-river. Our weather has gotten warm and rain is coming so I’m afraid this may have been my last opportunity to paint the ice chunks this year.
Very happy to find ice on the river this morning!
Some little watercolor sketches of my daughter’s dolls. I’m wondering if I should take watercolors to my next figure painting session.
I think this is done. I have several others I’m revising and I’d also like to get back to some watercolors.
I’m continuing to explore with this one. I’m wandering. It’s fun but not as fun as working from observation for me. However, I can’t continue to paint a thousand landscapes that all look the same or formulaic so this is how I learn new vocabulary. Maybe it will open up new paths and maybe it won’t. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.