VIDEO SERIES: Outdoor Watercolor Sketching, Step 4

 

Step 4 is up at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n_5ysI4u1c&list=UUVAm6W43X6ERRzOxS6UlbLA&index=1&feature=plcp

NOTE: Here’s a list of the exact equipment I used in the demos, including the pigments on my palette.

Sketchbook: Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook, 9×12″ 60 sheets, paintable equally on both sides, hence 120 pages of choice paper that takes watercolor beautifully. (Available here: http://www.beepaper.com/paper/classic-super-deluxe.asp [Note; see my sketches there at this spot: http://www.beepaper.com/index.asp] and here: http://www.cheapjoes.com/search/?keywords=aquabee+super+deluxe&x=48&y=15)

Palette: Cheap Joe’s Original, 17 wells, thick sturdy plastic: http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/400_4635_cheap-joes-original-watercolor-palette.asp

Pigments are all American Journey transparent artist’s watercolors– from lower left up and across to the right the right and down:

Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Joe’s Red, Halloween Orange, Bumblebee Yellow, Joe’s Yellow
Sour Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna Burnt Umber, Sap Gn
Sky Blue, Joe’s Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarien Blue, Royal Amethyst
(Available at http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supplies/19450_american-journey-watercolors.asp)

Brushes:  DaVinci Maestro round #8 (http://www.danielsmith.com/Item–i-G-063-340)
Interlocking Synthetic brush flat, 1/2″ (http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/AJF-50_10176_american-journey-interlocked-synthetic-brush-flat-size-quot.asp)

Table top easel (http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/CJ15109_8453_cheap-joes-table-top-h-frame-easel.asp).   This one needs to be clamped at the front because tilted to far back, it will fall over.

HB Pencil

Lamy fountain pen with fine tip (http://www.amazon.com/Lamy-Safari-Fountain-Pen-Charcoal/dp/B0002T401Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332111284&sr=8-1)

3M Scotch Blue painter’s tape. Household sponge.  Plastic, collapsible waterbucket, Viva paper towel (feels like cloth, some watercolorists prefer it).

Stay tuned!

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Do You Know the Two Most Important Painting Composition Techniques?

They are: (1) Good Shapes and (2) Interlocking Lights and Darks.

In the following two video Clips I demonstrate techniques for achieving the second of these two principles: Interlocking Lights and DArks:

CLip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbF–NyvdF0

Clip 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfISeoe_2Go

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A new Mini-Demo on painting a watercolor sky

When I want an interesting watercolor sky, when, say, the landscape below is not so dynamic, here’s a sky that works for me.

The basic technique is that I wet the sky area of my watercolor paper.  But while doing so I am careful to leave so small areas of dry paper alone, untouched by the water.  So when I “scrub” on my sky color around the tops and bottoms of the clouds, I get some dry-brushed, rough or ragged edges here and there.

Here is the video.  It’s a little over 8 minutes long…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_3d0ugYfRI&list=UUVAm6W43X6ERRzOxS6UlbLA&index=1&feature=plcp

Enjoy!

Any comments or questions?

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VIDEO SERIES: Outdoor Watercolor Sketching, Step3

In this step I begin watercoloring the sketch…

STEP 3 is up for viewing at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-D6b_oJXko&feature=plcp&context=C402ada8VDvjVQa1PpcFNt7D7sivwm4ObF_ni_0tpzAqm_By_QEgg%3D

NOTE: At the end of this series of two videos, I will post a list of the exact equipment I used in the demos, including the pigments on my palette.

Stay tuned!

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VIDEO SERIES: Outdoor Watercolor Sketching, Steps 1 & 2

Ever wish you had a reliable and quick way to sketch outdoors in watercolor.  Try my simply four-step method.

NOTE: THESE DEMOS ARE ABOUT SKETCHING OUTDOORS–BUT IT’S CURRENTLY RAINING CONSTANTLY HERE IN OREGON, SO THESE VIDEOS HAD TO BE MADE INDOORS.   I WILL BE GOING TO THE FIELD FOR A FULL-ON DEMO FROM SCRATCH TO FINISH HOPEFULLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

The first two STEPS are up at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UJD4SlZ6LU

STEPS 3 and 4 have been taped and are in editing.  They should be available soon.

NOTE: At the end of this series of two videos, I will post a list of the exact equipment I used in the demos, including the pigments on my palette.

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Some Mini-Demos on Key Watercolor Techniques

I did some video clips for a friend on foundational watercolor techniques and thought I might as well share them here.

The first clip is on these techniques:

  1. Achieving Color Variety–an exercise
  2. Mixing some Greens
  3. Painting it and leaving it alone to dry
  4. Softening edges.

Here is the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX2_orBrhv4&list=UUVAm6W43X6ERRzOxS6UlbLA&index=1&feature=plpp_video

The second clip is on created bushes and foliage with a brush and a sponge.  Here’s that clip’s link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96o6eOygfxo&list=UUVAm6W43X6ERRzOxS6UlbLA&index=1&feature=plpp_video

In the third clip I add shadows to the bushes and paint three skies using different techniques: (1) wet in wet; (2) dry brushed with softened edges; and (3) another wet in wet sky, this time two toned with storm clouds.  Here’s the link…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_5t9Eo7lQs&list=UUVAm6W43X6ERRzOxS6UlbLA&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Hope you enjoy them and return for more tips and techniques…

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Announcing My New Video Series on Watercolor Sketching Outdoors

I have taped several video clips demonstrating my outdoor sketching procedure, which are currently awaiting editing. They should be up here with links to Youtube one day soon.

Meanwhile, here are a couple pages out of my sketch book that show some differing approaches to sketching a scene.  See them at the following links…

Page 1

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21521891@N06/6834149028/in/photostream

Page 2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21521891@N06/6834149082/in/photostream

Below is a preview (they can be magnified at the Flickr links above)…

 

 

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Some answers to Some Questions and a Tip–more posts coming soon.

Sylvia (watercolorist in San Diego, California) had some questions on my brushes and a glazing mix I used, so I will paste below my answers. She asked about some of the brushes I used in my 16-part demo (links on this log, videos at Youtube) and a color mixture.  I mentioned on one of the video clips that a good final glaze is Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Violet–I got that wrong: I should have said Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Blue.

Here are my answers (with a little revision):

Hi Sylvia,

1.  My flub.  I meant Aliz Crimson and Cobalt Blue, for sure.  Cobalt
violent is a lovely, subtle pigment, but I don’t use it much.  The
Aliz C mixed with Cobalt Blue is a mild violet mix that works well a lot of
the time for shadows and in landscapes generally. (Violet is a good color to add into a landscape, especially as a near-complement to green.)

2. for flat brushes I much prefer synthetic–it is a bit stiffer than
sable and easier to control.  The brushes I used are:
(1) the Quiller/Richeson Professional 1.5″ #7010, synthetic but
feels somewhat like a sable–the best of both worlds–more control but
a sort of soft stroke.
(2) a Strathmore series #386 Ox Hair wash brush, 2″.  Hold a lot
of water/color. I use it mainly for initial-washes work, not for the
body of the painting.

I also like synthetic Daniel Smith and Cotman and Aquarelle/flats in
sizes of mainly 1.5″ down to 1/8″ in widths.  The smaller are for tiny
areas of painting, especially small sketches like 3.5 x 5 or 4×6 or
5×7″‘ which I do a lot of in the field.
For example:
Daniel smith 28-50 Aquarelle (has beveled end to
the handle for scraping)
Daniel Smith 23-4 2 flat (very similar to the
Quiller brushes above)
Cotman 566 (Winsor Newton)
Also check out Cheap Joe’s American Journey interlocked
nylon brushes, in flats and rounds–excellent to paint with and a good
value.

The brush to save your money for is a #8 or #10 round
daVinci-Maestro,Toblinski-Kolinsky (Germany)–these are the brushes
Disney animators use or used when they did a lot of painting of their
animated features.  They have extended points, carry a lot of color,
and provide great control. I have 3, a #10, a #8, and a #4.  My all
time favorite brush to paint with. Charles Reid uses them exclusively,
by the way.

The brushes I use most are: 1 to 1/2″ flats, a rigger/liner #6 or #4
(sable is usually best), and the daVinci rounds. Rounds are good overall in painting.  Flats/Aquarelles are good for moving around a lot of color quickly and for dry-brush effects, some hard-edged effects, and edges of buildings).

Any other questions, anytime, Sylvia.  I enjoy them (you  know, the challenge).

Tip of the day: The absolute best way to learn watercolor is to sketch
outdoors small in a sketchbook–in pencil, and maybe ink your drawing too
with waterproof ink to correct it and make it more readable for
reference later. Then flow in color (once you’re sure the ink is dry).

Try to be playful and carefree when you add color.They say, you run into all the
problems in a small painting that you can have when painting larger.  I agree
with one exception:  You need to paint big too to gain skill at
covering larger areas fairly quickly and without major flubs.

But you can do a lot of small sketches without having to spend a lot
of time on each one and hence get in more practice–the best kind,
really–for the amount of time you spend. Best overall, superb
sketchbook the Aquabee Super Deluxe by Bee Paper (if you go to that site, look in the Wet Media category for Super Deluxe #808).  Lovely paper for
watercolor sketching, pencil, pastel, acrylic (thin), ink.  Best size
9×12′ (room for notes too) or 6×9″ or 9×9″ if you prefer. You can paint on both sides of each 60 sheets if you want.

Many watercolorists wind up liking their sketches better than their finished, larger paintings.  There’s something about the daring, playful spontaneity and charm of them that is hard to match when painting “seriously.”

Related Resources:
Again, http://www.beepaper.com/ (You can see a couple of my sketches on their home page.)
http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Journal-Workshop-Creating-Pictures/dp/1440308683/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331148239&sr=8-1  (Wonderful overview of journaling/sketching techniques with lots of examples of artists’ work.)
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Don’t Miss Melissa Donovan’s Warning of Potential Censorship of the Internet

Don’t Miss Melissa Donovan’s Warning of Potential Censorship of the Internet.

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Invitation to my Flickr! page

You’re also invited to visit my “Select Watercolors” Flickr! Page here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21521891@N06/sets/72157603373191723/

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