Back in April, I created a watercolor for my wife Patrice. You see, her office has no windows and after being inside there for as many hours as she is asked if I would paint her a window. Trying to be a good husband, I created a window for her called Mountain Lake. She was quite pleased with it and took it to work and hung it on the wall. I received a kiss and a hug and all was right in the world. Until...
This section is going to be more or less a diary of what I am currently working on. I am going to try to be completely forth coming and show everything from finished pieces, to mistakes and everything in between. Let's all learn a bit and try to have some fun along the way.
I have intentionally created these two pieces without using a pen of any kind, only brushes. All of the ink has been diluted and applied as washes. Although an experiment, I like the results.
I have never really had the knack of working with watercolor. I add color, then add color, then add color only to make...mud. Sigh.
Several years ago, I went to a continuing education class at Pasadena City College (PCC) in a technique called French Wash. This technique, which uses light washes of oil paint, allowed me to paint with a style that looked like watercolor. I have had several people comment on these images thinking that they were watercolor. This got me thinking. Now I have always liked to do black and white drawings in both pencil and pen & ink, but I wanted to get some color into them. Taking along a complete set of oil paint in the port-a-studio is not an acceptable solution. It truth it's too much crap to carry. Watercolors on the other hand, are easy to carry and clean up when finished. So I have been working with light washes of ink in my drawings and I am really happy with the results. Now with the patience of doing light washes of ink, I now have been adding light washes of watercolor to my ink drawings.
I think I may have to make more of these.