Watercolor Words and Wanderings

Happy Summer Everyone! Another week has flown by…I managed to paint everyday at least doing the daily journal page. I painted these poppies using a wet-on-wet method. First you paint clear water in the shape of the petals and then drop in the color and try to leave it alone :).  In most cases I dropped in or “charged” more intense pigment or a different color while the petal was still wet. I like this painting a lot- I made a card for my friend Julie in a similar fashion and also a daily painting page that follows this kind of process. So much fun to do the wet – on – wet.

I was not able to paint with the En Plein Aire Painters this week but I did get out to Contoocook. Picked a hard subject…drew the bones for an hour and a half…and then just had to start PAINTING!

OK-so I got a few things off on the drawing! I knew I had shortened the railroad signal pole but I wanted to get the top of it into the picture and I could have if I had drawn the roofs at the correct slope. Next time! Below is a slide show of the daily journal for the week. Have a good week- Peace- Bec

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Watercolor Words and Wanderings

As promised a busy week of painting in Maine…Thank you for checking out my blog! As always (mostly) hover over the picture for more info about art.

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I worked hard everyday- I only finished one ( maybe- 😉 looking at it today I think it needs more work in the foreground)

Here is one I have been looking at for a while….

Painted EN Plein Aire a lot while I was in Maine, the weather was pretty good! After using  my masking fluid for 3 days I discovered it was sticking to paper- not sure if it has ruined the work or not. Bummer but keeping me on my toes!

Sunday-Across the Street- Gouldsboro, Maine

Monday-Schoodic Point, looking toward Mark Island

Tuesday- Winter Harbor, Maine

Wednesday- Machias, Maine

Saturday- Schoodic Point, Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor, Maine

Sunday- Schoodic Point, I think this is Goose Island?, Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor, Maine. I paint here a lot. There is a tree to sit under and a place to get and leave water across the way.

I also worked on the “Ugly Fly” :O) which BTW is SOLD (I think) !

and lastly…I hope you have a great week! Peace- Bec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

I realized that my one year anniversary of being a full-time artist came and went without a blog about it. In June of 2016, I took the leap into the unknown to follow my dreams. What a year it has been! I have been crossing those emotional land minds of fear and insecurity with the bravado of jet pilot. I have almost been sucked back into the weekly paycheck world three times and each time have had to steer my life right back into the abyss of financial insecurity. While I have barely sold any of my work- I have gained an insight into the watercolor medium and am starting to have the skills to create work that I will be thrilled to show. I have been blessed to work with 3 teachers, Becky Darling, Margaret Dwyer and occasionally Robert O’Brien. I plan to take the summer to integrate what I have learned from them. Becky Darling works loosely and her work highlights the transparency of the medium. Margaret Dwyer has an intensity in her work that makes the viewer wonder if it is really a watercolor painting. Robert O’Brien has a mastery of capturing values with paint. I have learned so much from them now I just need to get it to come out the end of my brush! I have also been fortunate to teach a few classes and teaching really forces me to get the basics in order. Color theory, technique and composition have all come a long way this year. I am grateful for the students that have come to my classes and the lessons that they teach me! As I have mentioned in previous posts, I recently joined a community of fellow artists that get together once a week to paint outside. This has been a step in a good direction. One place I hope to expand on this coming year is meeting and connecting with more artist. I also plan to start applying to shows and getting my work ready for sale. As far as creating my art I am going to focus on getting more value (lights and darks) into my work and to start my work with better drawing. I cannot get the camera to sync with the laptop today but I have been outside painting almost every day-next week’s blog will be packed with paintings- I do not think I have shown you this W.I.P. yet… Until then- Peace- Bec

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

The importance of finishing- are you one of those folks with 10 or 15 projects stacked up somewhere that you are going to get to someday? I have this problem with my art and to a lesser degree craft projects (since I mostly paint now ;)). What does it mean to be finished? My uncle said some of my works were not done because they were not signed…I guess paintings are done when the artists says so. I Think the real problem with a finished painting is now it is up for judging. If it is never finished then that leaves room for more progress. I have heard that some painters have worked on a piece for years…The Mona Lisa- and according to quora.com is unsigned – so maybe the Mona Lisa is not fished either! I guess I do not have the luxury of having so many unfinished pieces. They weigh on me like ghosts niggling (is that even a word?) for my attention. I know when I go to Maine I will finish many pieces mostly because my attention is not pulled to teaching and other things. I also have a “better” routine down there. I get up, get coffee and start look at my art seeing what needs tending to. Then I often go for a walk in the national forest and come home eat lunch and depending on the weather either head out to paint outside or sit and look for more my next move on the 20-25 paintings that hang on the wall opposite from the kitchen table. My uncle and I have made a pretty good work space out of the formal dining area. He hung a good strong light that has both warm and cool bulbs- I like it and I can watch TV if I want or listen to music while I tend to my “ghosts”. This week when I went with the En Plein Aire group to Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford Vermont, I went with 2- 5″x7″ mapped out spaces for paintings. I was determined to get 90 % done in the session. It worked! I have just a wee bit of tweaking to do and I am going to put them up for sale.  BTW- if you are in the area stop in to Cedar Circle Farm. They have a café with good coffee and tea and the granola scone I had was yummy. They have indoor and outdoor places to sit and eat. Lots of plants and interesting planters. I cannot get the link thing to work today but you can copy and paste this address….https://cedarcirclefarm.org/ for more info. Cedar Circle also has a FB page at this address https://www.facebook.com/cedarcirclefarm/  Looking at the picture below helps me see what I would do the next time I paint this view- of course another in finished not even started “ghost”! I am sure glad they are friendly! 😉

I am going to call this blog done. Until next week- Peace- Bec