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Orbs No. 24 – Waxed Watercolor diptych
Two 19″ x 48″ panels

Thanks to my friend Joanie Springer (artforthesoulofit.com), I will have at least a dozen extra large watercolors hanging in the upcoming solo exhibit of Healing Art at Overlook Hospital in November.  Joanie works in gouache.  Her paintings look like oil paintings, especially because she waxes them rather than matting them and framing them under glass.  I am at the point where I want to spend my time and energy painting rather than cutting mats, glass and plexi for the larger works for exhibits.  In addition, I would rather spend my money on traveling than on mat board, glass and plexi.  the solution?  Dorland’s cold wax!  Everyone loves it.  No reflection!  Beautiful finish as well as protection….. and light weight for hanging.  What could be better?  thank you Joanie!

Painting:  Orbs No. 24, diptych, Waxed Abstract Watercolor

Last day of a road trip vacati0n…. Tom is already asleep …. I was ten stories up reflecting on the last seven days on the road.

Gouache Travel Kit

I love those precious moments when I realize, and accept, that progress has been made.
I brought along gouache, but didn’t squeeze it out into the pans until last night, listening to the sound of the ocean waves breaking against the beach.  I brushed a bit of color onto the ink drawing I did of the kitchen in the motel room in the Outer Banks, NC.

Detail of ink drawing, Outer Banks Motor Lodge kitchen

This morning I awoke early to an amazing predawn light upon the ocean…

6:45 am, Ocean City, Maryland

This is my first weather journal painting in gouache.  My second was of three figures on the beach, out early to watch the sun rise. I wish they knew that their special moment was captured in my sketchbook….. but I don’t know them and they will never know….

One figure snapping a photo of the other two figures against the sunrise in Ocean City, Maryland …. gouache.

Color has taken on a new place in my vision….. I’m not sure where that place is.  In a week I leave on another journey… back to the Chesapeake Bay area to paint for six days…… Hmmmm.  Do I bring watercolors and gouache?  Oil paints? Acrylics?

I am finally mixing my pigments intuitively.  I need to stay healthy for another thirty years, at least….. the joy of color is just beginning!

'Chrysalis', Texture, Movement, Edges, Dominant Elements

The suggested rules for the last of the throwing dice games has been posted, Extended Game, Game Four: Elements of Art.

In an attempt to find samples to post, it has become clear to me that I do not view myself as the director of my own paintings.  I allow the paintings to direct me.  That is not always a bad thing, in fact, I rather like it that way.

In order to push my work to the next level, I need to be able to play both parts, to act as a director and to act as a channel for the expression of my subconscious experiences of life.

My life as an artist becomes more exciting and fulfilling each day.

Another challenging Color Scheme.

Trumpet Parts No. 33, Analogous with Split Complements

I enjoyed returning to my trumpet parts series.  These are small parts that had been hidden away in a cigar box.

First toss of twelve-sided die was an Eight: Color Scheme = Analogous with Split Complements

Second toss was a Two: Dominant Color = Yellow / Green

Therefore, by colors were Yellow, Yellow / Green, Green with Red and Violet as the split complements.

Again, not my favorite choices, but a good challenge.  If I were to do it again I would make the red a bit warmer using Cadmium Red Light rather than Scarlet Lake.

Sketchbook drawing: first drawn using fountain pen filled with black ink, followed by watercolor and a spot of white gouache.  the gouache didn’t stay white on this sketch.

Limited Palette: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Scarlet Lake, Prussian Blue, Permanent Violet)

Link to Color Scheme Game Guidelines

I posted a sample of dice a la Primary Triad Color Scheme this morning on my other blog.  Check it out if you want to compare the two.  Link at the end of this post.

Dice, Secondary Triad Color Scheme

Secondary Triad Colors: Orange, Green and Purple

Looks like it will be a bit longer before I post rules to the game.  I’ve expanded it to cover the basic elements of art: Line, Shape, Value, Color, Texture and Space!  Staying limited has always been a challenge for me.   In addition to the expanded areas of game playing, all the elements will have flexible and multilevel rules, easy enough for beginners and challenging enough for advanced painters.  I don’t really like rules, but creating them helps me to clarify the choices I make as an artist when drawing or painting whether in my sketchbook or on canvas.  With a common language and foundation it is easier to ask and answer questions concerning why a painting either works or doesn’t work.

Sketchbook painting:  drawn first with pencil, painted with watercolor, followed by dip pen in Rohrer & Klingner Cassia ink (Purple).  White gouache added to regain lights.

Link to this morning’s post on Third Time Around: Primary Triad Color Scheme – Dice

Same Town Branch bourbon bottle, different color scheme.  This time the color scheme is analogous complements.

Town Branch Bourbon Whiskey from Kentucky

The dominant color is yellow/orange.  The analogous complements are blue, blue/purple and purple.  I started with a simple shape/value pencil sketch.

Preliminary pencil sketch

The painting became murky along the way.  The sketchbook paper is extremely thin and doesn’t accept watercolor easily.  I became side-tracked by the paper and lost sight of my basic shapes and values.  To pull it back I strengthened the mix of paint in the dark shapes and added a bit of white gouache to try pulling back some light shapes.  Though muddy, the composition is stronger than it was when I wandered too far from my little pencil sketch.

As promised, I will post the Game Rules soon.  Top priority today is to do my taxes…… grrrrrrrr.

Sketchbook painting: drawn first with Carbon Pencil followed by too many layers of watercolor and gouache.

Trumpet Parts Number 22 began well … but I got carried away, over-layering ink, watercolor and gouache to the point of loosing luminosity.

Trumpet Parts Number 22

The bright colored gouache dried five shades duller than it began.  I continued to believe that one more application would bring back the light value I needed to improve shapes and composition.  It only became muddier.

Close up of Trumpet Parts Number 22

As always, I feel time is not lost when I look hard enough for something to learn from the experience and experimentation.  In this case, I’ve decided I will try again, starting off with freely applied splats of ink as preliminary marks to work from rather than hold off until the painting is past its prime and I am left hoping that splats will re-energize it.

Sketchbook painting: drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Purple Heart Ink, followed by watercolor, followed by gouache, followed by splats of watercolor and gouache, followed by splats of Noodler’s black ink, followed my many more layers of all of the above…….