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January 14, 2018 January 15, 2018

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:39 am
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Happy New Year to Everyone! I have been slogging along trying to find time to draw and paint but haven’t been very successful. The weather has been frigid and we’ve had high winds and snow. With the new year I have had lots to do and am struggling to maintain my exercise routine with the nasty weather. Very stressful. I have been sketching with a set of Micron pens with sepia ink but I keep getting distracted and haven’t finished anything. I tried a simple watercolor exercise last weekend and let it get away from me. I just created a lovely painting of mud…quite discouraging!

This weekend I was brave enough to get out my watercolors again. I have a new set of paints that I wanted to try. I did some color testing earlier and found the colors to be nice, even vibrant. I would say my exercise was partially successful. At least I got paint on a brush and finished something!

 

Circles and Lines exercise 01142018

 

You may see more of these “circle and line” exercises since this is an activity I learned from and artist named Judi Betts at a workshop a few years ago and I love it. You work with versions of the three primary colors and I do this activity occasionally because it lets me warm-up before more serious painting, test new materials and learn about new colors and color mixing. I did learn two things.

I used a 6 in X 9 in block of Canson Aquarelle paper. Last weekend I used it and I glazed pure unmixed colors. Some sections had 10 or more glazes. Both last weekend when I glazed my colors and this weekend when I mixed my colors I saw some “felting” or “pilling” of the paper. I think I work too wet to use this paper for my larger works.

I also used a new set of paints. I ordered them by accident but the reds were vibrant during color testing so I want to continue to work with them. They are called MYARTSCAPE artist quality watercolors. The reds are carmine and vermillion which I don’t normally use. What I found, I do like the colors but if I had a blob of paint remaining on my palette it did not reconstitute well after it dried. I kept finding small particles of dried paint in my brush while painting. The paint looked like it was smooth and well dissolved but wasn’t. I had several hard lines streaking through my painting that I had to try to smooth out.

So with both the paper and paint I would say I had mixed results but I guess that’s why I do this kind of experiment. At least my little painting uses warm colors…good to see on this very frigid day.

 

January 13, 2015 January 14, 2015

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:56 am
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I enjoy painting abstracts in a spontaneous manner and have been very pleased with the process I’ve developed and the paintings I’ve created over the last four years. I am happy with the work I’ve done recently to work with and learn about color in my “Harmony” series. However, recently one of daughters said she had a wish that I would do more realistic paintings. I actually have been thinking the same thing. It would be a nice way to expand my “harmonies” in a new dimension. Suddenly I realized that I was scared. I am afraid that I have lost any ability to paint realistically. I haven’t been painting very long (since 2007 as anything other than a copyist of photographs in calendars) and over half of that time has been doing abstracts. I have always admired the work of my fellow blogger, John Lovett. You can see his work on his Splashing Paint blog. I found two of his earlier instructional books available on Amazon and purchased them. I have completed the first two exercises in his “beginner” book

Getting Started by John Lovett

Getting Started by John Lovett

. My work is rough and I may do them again but I have a start! Here is my brick wall

Brick Wall exercise 012015

Brick Wall exercise 012015

and here my stone wall. I’ve learned I haven’t quite forgotten everything and that I can problem solve and push forward.

Stone Wall exercise 012015

Stone Wall exercise 012015