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February 27, 2019 February 28, 2019

Last fall I took a workshop from a wonderful artist named Sandy Maudlin. She is a painter that uses Yupo as her surface and she typically uses watercolor and acrylic paints in various ways and combinations. Her techniques are what you would call experimental. For her “tape batik” paintings she uses tape to mask her paper as she builds up several layers of color. Her focus is on value (range of light to dark) and she asks her students to start with no more than four values. The color builds up throughout the process and she may finish an acrylic painting with a final layer of watercolor (on Yupo you could not do the opposite!) to achieve the darkest values. The end result has a batik-like appearance.

She starts with a black and white enlargement of the photo you have taken and uses gray scale markers to adjust the image to make a good composition. Then the painting and masking begins…in this image you can see my painting before I applied the darkest values and removed the tape. Looks pretty shocking doesn’t it?

I chose to work with scenes that I had photographed at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park. A de-commissioned Army base, the park is now a peaceful place and I walk there as often as possible. I painted a bridge that runs over a small creek and was not unhappy with the results. As I get older I am more tolerant with myself and value the learning as much as the result. Here is my final painting:

Bridge at Ft. Ben State Park

For more about Sandy look here.

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November 8, 2010 November 9, 2010

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Last night I finished my first larger painting using my splish-splash methodology. (I am trying to come up with a less cutsy term but haven’t found one yet.) This painting is 12″ X 16″ and started out rather dramitically.

SS Color Large - Step 1

I got involved in painting and unfortunately did not get photos as I worked my way to a finished painting. I think this painting had six or eight layers of paint applied as it evolved.

SS Color Large - Step 2

I am still working primarily without a brush and am still being inspired by the processes and abstract acrylic paintings of Edward Betts and his book Masters Class in Watercolor. The challenge I set for myself was to see if I could duplicate the intensity of the color by layering watercolor rather than acrylic paint. I think I achieved this with yesterday’s painting and with today’s. A couple of key elements are 1) let your paper dry thoroughly at several points in your process, 2) have the courage to use white gouache liberally  3) refrain from over working any step and 4) if you do spray, drop in an opaque paint and start that section over while maintaining a consistent look to the whole.


April 1, 2010 April 2, 2010

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Hi All! Did you know they now make watercolor paint in chocolate? If you get it on your fingers you can just lick it off! April Fools!! but wouldn’t it be nice? OK, back to the real world. Yesterday I took my Cowgirl Drawing and used tracing paper to make a copy to transfer to my watercolor paper. I corrected the things that were bothering me using the tracing paper copy.

Cowgirl Drawing on Tracing Paper

I shortened the neck, changed the amount of hair being blown to the side. moved the rope to the background and loosened up her left arm. The changes seem pretty subtle but I am much happier. I then transferred the tracing paper drawing to the watercolor paper I am using. After the transfer I decided she needed pockets so I drew them directly on the paper.

Cowgirl Drawing on Fabriano CP 140# Paper

I am really sorry the photos are so blurry. I am working on this but haven’t solved my problem yet. I am ready to start painting so I am probably shaking in fear!