Saturday, November 15, 2008

This watercolor is done on aquabord. I have been trying this out because it allows framing without glass. There is a big difference between this system and paper, espcially if you are working wet into wet or just wet. The paint quickly sets up and glazing causes it to lighten or wipe off, somewhat like using Yupo. I have tried several boards now and have yet to feel comfortable with the aquabord system.
The fog in this painting was created by running water through a previously applied wash that was still wet. It is difficult to create soft edges. It is my feeling that this system only works with dry brush painting. If you cannot glaze then you might has well be painting with acrylics or oil. The magic of transparent watercolor painting is lost.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sausalito watercolor

There is color in the hills but the weather is still ideal. Mt. Tam is in the back and there is some thinning fog. All the elements are there for painting in Sausalito.

My bags are packed and I am ready for Mexico. Bringing my paints and there is a gang going from the 'hood.
Celebrating a couple of Bdays and working on a song. Can't wait to be there. The sharks are gone and we plan on surfing.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Crashing wave

I have been painting the ocean for years and the crashing wave with the foam and mist that is created, is my favorite. I was back in Sausalito yesterday painting and it was wonderful. The fog was clearing from the headlands and the sunshine was getting stronger with time. I brought my grandkids back home with me which made this a wonderful trip. They make grampa feel important. We will paint when we get to my house.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I've been away experimenting with some new presentations. My goal; paint with transparent watercolor and display without glass. I have only read about this on the internet. I tried the special canvas for watercolor but was not happy with the outcome. The watercolor medium is too thin when painting wet, and the fabric shows through. I next tried some clayboards made for watercolor. I find them difficult to paint on because I like to paint with my paper nearly vertical. These clayboards do not hold a wash and leave hard edges. I painted this picture of pomogranates on clayboard and just barely tilted it and then did some dry painting. I think that it works. I then put on the gel and sprayed the varnish a few times. Without the glass there is much more punch to the color and no reflection. My next experiment is to use adhesive to put paper on masonite and see how that works.