Monday, November 6, 2017

Vermillion Lanterns

11" x 17" watercolor on Richeson watercolor paper. I had a great time working on this one- those oranges and reds are so fun to use. But the paper! I got a packet of samples and have had two sheets act more like blotter paper than watercolor paper, so the whole collection of samples ended up as kindling for this weekend's fireplace. Still, this was great fun to do: lots of tight and loose areas to figure out.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hitting the Wall

It's been a pretty long time since I've posted something, and here's why: I've hit a slump. I've been diligently painting but doing marginal work. I've had 3 torn up paintings in 3 weeks. So I thought I'd take a bit of a break. I felt a total lack of enthusiasm to jump back in. After sort of wallowing through my crappiness, I finally decided that the break really wasn't helping me at all.

This past Saturday I met with a woman who is commissioning me to do a piece, and the pieces she brought over were really cool. That opened up the gates again and I started taking photos of her pieces along with other things that were looking promising to me:

From that point I decided it was time to force myself to the drawing table and jump in. This time it worked. I'm excited about painting and wish I could stick with it for a few days (instead of going to work!). Hopefully that's a sign that I can be productive again. The alternative wasn't that much fun.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


It's time to be honest. I like this painting. It's okay. But I've gotten into the habit of being far too tight with my work. Everything is painted to the same level of detail. Perhaps if I air out my complaints here it'll help me commit to changing.
Here's what I'd like to do: I want to paint images that have those areas of lovely, tight focus, but let other areas soften and lose detail while gaining spontaneity and have a much looser feel.
Okay. I've said it. Now I have to do it.