My latest YouTube video covers using neutrals in watercolor and painting abstracts. I was surprised at the number of visits it received. Made me realize I need to create a course in abstract painting. I also shared my latest brush purchases. I painted this particular abstract using very watered down mixtures of Payne's grey, and indigo mixed with burnt sienna.I used a little salt in the bottom left area and the darks were made by using black indian ink, which always creates an interesting result when the watercolor repels the ink. It flares out in all directions. For the fine white lines I used a white fine jelly roll pen.
Spending my time off this week painting. Thought I would try something different and see if I can create a decent abstract. Much more difficult than painting an object or scene. I used watercolor, india ink, watercolor pencil and gold goauch pigment. Size 11" x 15".
I love experimenting with textures. Have some old netting that I bought for this purpose. It worked out quite well in this piece. Also added a few scrapes with a sharp knife to create more texture.
Using just Payne's grey and an acrylic ink I experimented with color and texture in an attempt to create an abstract landscape. I was pleased with the end result. My first painting of 2017.
I haven't painted in a while because I was too busy creating how-to courses. Decided today was time to paint again. It was great getting back in the painting groove and doing something really loose and semi-abstract. I am working on being more abstract with my landscapes. I always admire the work of artists who paint interesting abstract landscapes - something I wish I was better at. Well, it makes life interesting when you make your craft a continual learning experience.
My latest Youtube video on how to paint reflections on water. I do a different demonstration every two weeks, so if anyone is interested, please subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified when new videos are uploaded. I had fun doing this. I used my favorite Saunders Waterford cold pressed paper and just three colors, raw sienna, burnt sienna and Paynes grey.
I recently did a Youtube how-to video on painting a simple Fall scene. It was basically an exercise in choosing colors for a larger painting and how to keep your paintings loose. Hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please subscribe to my channel where you will get regular demonstrations on all things watercolor.
I like to simplify my paintings and nearly always work wet-in-wet. I like the soft look it creates. I live in the seaside town of Sausalito CA, and the surrounding landscapes are an endless inspiration for my watercolors. We have the bay on one side and the mountains on the other - not to mention the redwood forests and nearby marshes. I am inspired by all of this, but at the same time like to put my own interpretation on what I see, sometimes changing the colors and other times using materials to stretch the boundaries of my watercolors.
I paint most of my watercolors from imagination but I am influenced by the landscape around me. Every afternoon I take my dogs for a walk on the trail above where I live in Sausalito CA. Everything is already starting to turn brown even though we are not into Fall yet. I guess this is what I had in mind when painting this watercolor. Couldn't think up a better title so I'd love to hear some better suggestions.
I went out of my comfort zone to see if I could pull off painting a sunflower wet-in-wet. I probably chose one of the most difficult flowers to paint in this style. I filmed the process and have posted it on my Youtube channel for anyone who is interested. The colors I used were, winsor yellow, new gamboge, perylene green, perylen violet and a little transparent pyrrole orange - all Daniel Smith colors except for the winsor yellow. I enjoyed the experience and think I will continue practicing florals wet-in-wet.