Watercolor Words and Wanderings

“It’s not that you cannot paint it is that you are not seeing things correctly.” said George Gallo while talking with Linda Fisler on a podcast I found this week called Art Chat with Linda Fisler. It looks like George is primarily an oil painter. I still learned a bunch about color theory from this conversation. In discussing how to paint the greens of summer he shared about using red to change the values of green rather than what we might grab is a blue. Since red and green are complimentary colors it will make for more POP! They also talk about the difference between a core shadow and a cast shadow and how to paint them. If you want to geek out about color I recommend listening to this podcast.

I did not do much painting this week- had a new well drilled at the house and I was on pins and needles not knowing how much it would cost. Good news is the water came in great but they had to go to 435 feet (translation ching- cha- ching). Then yesterday the basement flooded because they did not cap a pipe and I spent 6 hours cleaning that up. Things are hopefully down to a dull roar now and I am going to my studio this afternoon.

This week in class Maraget Dwyer taught us how to use wax paper to create some interesting textures and spaces. Below I started a tree scene with Pyrlene Maroon and Gold Ochre. You wet the paper and add the wax paper then drip the paint under the wax paper, tip the painting, add water as needed, more pigment, until you get it where you want then let it dry. Then remove the wax paper. Then you get to see what you have….Now you can add a third color , I am using Winsor Green Shade Blue, to start painting the space between the trees.

W.I.P used salt at the bottom to add to the texture.

This next one has three colors in the pour…I see elephants…they are penciled in…


W.I.P. Here I used Lemon Yellow first, then Rose followed by a hint of Prussian Blue

Here is what else was cooking this week hover over the pictures for more info.

Lastly here is another W.I.P…. Until next week- Peace Out- Bec


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