Watercolor Words and Wanderings

I just got back from the vacation of a life time in Maui. I still can hardly believe it. If you can leave your heart in San Francisco- I am sure I have left my brain in Maui. I took a bunch of pictures but with a cruddy camera so you cannot really see the beautiful shades of blue. We stayed on the west side of Maui near Lahaina. It was quite touristy. This turned out be perfect for our daily excursions. The sun was so strong we would go to a beach for a few hours and then seek shelter for a few hours and then either make dinner or go out to dinner. We spent one day taking the road to Hana. This was a spectacular, often one lane, curvy drive to a part of Maui that is far less developed. I am told it rains more there and that keeps the incentive for tourism down to a dull roar. Here are a few pictures of Maui.

I was able to do some painting- my back went waaaay out on the last day of our trip which was a real drag- I missed snorkeling with my family but I was grateful that Maria had an ample supply of Advil and my Mom had the idea to buy me some of those disposable back heater things. I was able to fly back without too much trouble. I am currently up painting in Acadia Maine- out of range of the internet. I am will scoot down to the library to post this. I am are off the grid as much as possible up here.

I have to say The Colored Pencil Podcast knocked it out of the park AGAIN for my On The Media section( episode 057). They had a lawyer on to discuss the idea of copyright and licenses. I have listened to it three times and will probably return to it again. What happens is my monkey mind gets off thinking on a topic and I end up missing a section of the information!

I gotta get to painting- will post pics of Maine next week!

Peace- Becky

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

The tension is just peeling away. I woke up today 6/4/16-¬†2 days out from quitting my full time job with a new found sense of peace. I think I was not really aware of the toll that working to end domestic and sexual violence was taking on my¬†mental health. I¬†knew I was burning out…but I did not realize just how burnt I was. Today I had the best day with my partner- just relaxed and easy. We spent the whole day¬†together. We went to The Brattleboro Vermont Farmers Market and had some pretty good Pad Thai. On the way home we took a side trip to Harrisville,¬†NH. I took the pictures below to give you a feel for the place. The site is very unique and has a sweet general store with home baked goodies ūüôā

Here is an En Plein Aire ( W.I.P.) of the middle scene from above. What¬†a¬†beautiful day! It was¬†80 degrees and sunny with a slight¬†breeze…day 2 of living the dream…IMG_20160604_164641

Here is another W.I.P. The Lady in the Iris Patch– this was day one of living the dream…IMG_20160604_164659

Came home got my 10,000 steps in and vacuumed the vehicles. I almost feel normal and I am so grateful. Today’s¬† ” On the¬†Media” is a podcast called A Way With Words . The episode titled XZY PQD is a great introduction to this funny and informative and down to earth discussion about the English language.

Until next week- Peace Out- Becky


Watercolor Words and Wanderings

Today I am keenly aware of this day being is the first day of the rest of my life. Yesterday was the last day of my working for others job. Yesterday was hard I had some difficult conversations with folks. Today I begin to focus on getting my health back and really working towards being a fulltime artist. I had plans to learn to paddle board but the weather is not cooperating- rain and not very warm- I was prepared to handle one or the other but with both coming I decided to post pone it! I have not done much painting this week (see below) but what I did paint was so much fun to do!

Today’s on the media is a podcast called Mortified¬†it is one of the podcasts I listen to that causes me to laugh out loud. The premise is that¬†folks read from their journals with no modifications or embellishments and share their inner most thoughts. Warning¬†podcast too is not for the faint of heart ūüôā

Until next week- Peace Out- Bec

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

This has been a quick week- I was sick on Thursday. The two paintings below are¬†finished and ready to submit to Turning Points Network to potentially use for their spring fundraising drive.¬†It will be cool to see if they want to use one. I will let you know!¬†I am blogging a bit a head of time as I am going to be here and there for a couple of weeks. This week’s on the media is The Moth Podcast where a police officer gets tripped up and tells his story to us for a good laugh.

Today I plan to start talking about some technical stuff about painting-I am going to call these sections of the blog TechTalk. Today’s TechTalk is on the subject of granulation. Granulation occurs when the pigment sort of drops out of the binder.granulating-color-in-watercolor-1 I guess a brief discussion on watercolor paints¬†is in order.¬†Watercolor paints contain pigment, binders and a few other things. According to¬†www.webexhibits.com ” In commercially made watercolor paints, the binder is either natural gum arabic or synthetic glycol. This is what holds the pigment in suspension. The binder also allows the pigment to adhere to the support (e.g. paper) once it is applied. Additives, such as plasticizers (e.g. glycerin) and humectants (e.g. honey or corn syrup), are mixed in to alter various characteristics of the watercolors, such as viscosity and durability of the paint. Other additives include extenders and dispersants.”¬† Some pigments stay suspended “better” than others.¬†I happen to love the random effects granulation gives. Cerulean Blue is one of the¬†pigment known for it’s granulation. I like mixing colors with Cerulean to see what happens. Because¬†I use cold press paper, there are peaks and valleys on¬†the paper making the granulation effects¬†pronounced. You can see granulation in the sky in the above painting of the children playing with the ball. Below you can see the difference in granulation between Cerulean Blue and another color called¬†Rose( Larger red sphere in middle of page). I put the blue down first and let it dry. I also mixed Cerulean Blue with Cadmium Red ( smaller orangish sphere top¬†left¬†is mostly Cadmium Red) to make the grayish granulation you see and let that dry. One thing¬†of note is how transparent the color Rose is. You can see right through it when it covers the cerulean and hence the granulation still carries. I will talk more about transparency later but it is another property of watercolor paint that makes this medium so awesome!IMG_20160530_083122

Ok- I gotta get out and enjoy the weather- until next week- Peace Out- Bec