Here I would like to share with you my watercolor journey, by posting from time to time flash-backs of how I grow up as an artist, and news about my current inspiration subjects and paintings that I am working on. I do not plan to have a constant, and by no means daily, posting schedule, but hopefully I will manage to post once a week.
I am happy I did manage this year too to send a card for the Twitter Art Exhibit 2017, which this year take place in London and will support the UK charity - Molly Olly’s Wishes.
The organizers received the card and posted on twitter and FB:
If you are in London at the beginning of April, don't miss it, and especially the opening on 1 April 2017 in Stratford upon Avon!!!
These were done while demoing the monochrome power (value studies) at the workshop I do at the Community Center for seniors (beginners). It is something they like very much, because there are no strict rules to follows, just play with water (mostly) on the paper, and then just add a bit more of the same color here and there, and some picture will appear with out much effort. A few more details on the dry paper, and here we are:
With all this hot weather and our visits at various seaside locations, I had to paint some seascapes: waves, sand beaches, and some tropical palm trees. Although imaginary, they are kind of ideal places for my vacation!
Here are the three little ACEOs (3.5x2.5 inches):
These are also done without any pencil drawing, just studying some still life. The first is a big pot we have at the village house, and usually has a little olive tree planted. When it gets too big, we move it in the garden and plant a new little one - we just had it ready for the new one. In the second there are some fresh strawberries I got from the market. Both sketches are 5x7 inches in size.
These are some little sketches (5x7 inches), which I did outdoor with free brush (no preliminary pencil drawing) just as exercises. Although they don't have any real value as paintings, every time I do one I learn a bit of "do and don't", and I think this is what they count for.
In "spring mood" I did one more floral watercolor, with my PV19 pigments. They give beautiful pink colors which are really lightfast (I tested them myself) or purples when combined with a bit of blue. The painting is 10x7 inches in size, and it is done on Fabriano Artistico 90 lb CP paper.
Previous week at the watercolor workshop I teach at Community Center of Patras city I handled to the ladies quite a few reference photos of various pink and purple flowers: roses, anemones, cone flowers, fuchsia, water lily, orchids, and many more. Although the main scope was to test some new PV19 pigment-based watercolor paints, they were so happy to work with these, after a couple of weeks working on perspective issues!!! And I was happy too, so after the workshop at home I started to work a few of the photos (by the way, most of them were from the WetCanvas reference image library, which is copyright free for all artists).
Here is the first of them, a Pink Water Lily, done with my usual palette on Fabriano Artistico 90 lb CP paper (size 10x7 inches)
This is one of those time I saw a reference photo, shared by Mary (our host for March 4, 2016 WDE on WetCanvas), I like it and went for it, but then was disappointed with the result. I need to give it another go to this one, and re-work the entire concept. The title for this one was supposed to be "In between", with the meaning of the river between the two mountains, the time in between seasons (one part covered with snow, the other spring green). Now I am between keeping it (for a while) or directly send it to paper recycling. However, in the spirit of the WDE I had to scan it and share it with my friends.
Previous week Mary hosted the WDE challenge on WetCanvas, and she shared quite a few beautiful photos. This still life arrangement, with a white porcelain vase (chinese style) and the orange lanterns (not sure if these are the flowers or the fruits of the plant... hm, need to check on this issue), was the first one I stopped, although I saved a few more photos for future references. The painting is 10x7 inches, and it is done with my usual paints on Fabriano Artistico 90 lb CP paper.
Few weeks ago we did a short excursion at about 100 km away from Patras, in the mountain area, near a village called Vlasia. The area is beautiful, with lots of green (pine trees) and snow during winter months, especially on the north facing areas. Our target was the snow, for the little one to have some fun (and not only), but we also stop to a place that started already look like spring, and I saw this tall tree standing out. It was like not fitting there, because all the rest around were much smaller. This is my second study (the first one was a 5x7 inch one), and I think soon I will go for a third one. Although I like it better, I feel like I haven't fully captured the grandeur of this tree. I need to go back to my reference photos.
On Saturday we had a short walk on one of the beaches near the Patras city, Achaia Beach, and I had the time to do two small and quick studies. Actually I started for the two twisted trees, but while sitting down I noticed near me some small purple flowers with interesting leaves. And, of course, any wild flower fast get my attention. Both studies are 7x5 inches.
After quite some time I looked to the reference images of the WDEs on WetCanvas. I just finished this strange tree at morning for the February 19, 2016. Thank you Li for the beautiful photos, I have saved some more for the future.
The painting has size of 10x7 inches, and it is done with my usual watercolor palette on Fabriano Artistico 90lb CP paper.