Monday, April 12, 2010

studies of a new painting:back to watercolor underpaintings

9x12 watercolor and pastel on Wallis
12x12 pencil on somerset velvet/ eggshell
I am planning a bigger painting that was inspired by my painting from April 7th . My intention today was to simply study the reflections and how best to make space. Yesterday I did this very detailed study (below), simply as a discipline, another way of knowing my place.
I am back to watercolor under my pastel, something I did for about 5 years and moved away from these last few months. I want to continue using watercolor underneath....but still the quest for new paper goes on. When I painted this one on an old piece of Wallis, the paper resisted some of the watercolor, but at least I could push the pastel into the sanded surface.  I use bristle brushes, the same type  I use when painting with oils (but not the same brushes.) Sanded papers really beat up your brushes!


SamArtDog said...

The watercolor/pastel has wonderful light, but I have to say that the pencil sketch is fabulous! Sometimes, the simple line has the most color. You're a really good drawer. A pencil champ.

loriann said...

Thanks Sam! I love to draw! Each time I do actually sit still to make just a pencil drawing I feel satisfied and grounded. I guess I should take time more often. Is that a duh moment or what?!

Double "D" said...

Hi B,
I think the pencil sketch is great. We never get to see this talent from you. Nice to experience the view.
It would be interesting to watch you sit still.

I agree Sam, definitely a pencil champ!

Later B,

Nika said...

Love this one, you captured that diffused light so convincingly. It reminds me of winter light you see in Venice with sun coming through the fog.
I missed the last post where you mourned the loss of your swamp, but there's plenty of swamp around here, you're welcome to come and revel in it:)

loriann said...

Hi PB,
Thank you about the pencil sketch. I was amazed how soothing it was for me to just require a wonderful vacation.
Sitting sit will never be my strength.
pencil champ...heehee

Hi Nika,
I will be back to revel in your swamps.. the colors are so different too!!!
Thank you about the light in this one. I am studying the bouncing effect of light on water. Glad you feel it works. Spring light here is so much lighter and bouncier than summer light.

Karen E. Lewis said...

You could try adding a little ox gall to your watercolor. Just a drop or two in a cup of water, mixed in with your paint might make the paint saturate better. It's a surficant.

loriann said...

Hi Karen, Interesting comment. Do you use Ox gall? How does it change the surface feeling? I looked it up on google and found it on Dick Blick. Tell me more please.

Jala Pfaff said...

Great. They have a great sense of movement, aliveness.

loriann said...

HI Jala and thank you.