A small watercolor of Castellar, Spain
The Rose Garden in Madrid, Spain
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Just finished this illustration of Canto IV, Limbo inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy.
Tempera and resin-oils on canvas.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate […]
My Favorite Bottles is the first watercolor I painted of this series with the same name.
This series was about painting the bottles in different places in the house.
The technique I used here was wet on wet.
I no longer have this painting.
Using a grid while painting from life helps you put the model in perspective.
Whenever people see that I have a grid on my paper to paint in watercolor, I’m always asked why I do it since I’m painting from nature.
I like painting directly without drawing because there is a looseness to it; it’s not that I don’t like drawing or am lazy or something like that. I like drawing too.
If you have a preliminary grid on your paper, it’s easier to place the model into space quickly. Your mind knows the proportions and where everything goes in space.
You are reading this blog, you paint or draw, so you are familiar with a grid.
Take out a piece of paper, make a grid, put a model in front of you whether it be figure, landscape or still life and try it with any medium. Try it as an exercise. I’d be interested to know how it went.
ps The penciled grid is easily erased if you are using watercolor.
This is the same still-life that I recently posted, but in the evening. Wet on wet technique.
Red Poppies and Wild Flowers in Glass Jar April 2015 – The Watercolor Process –
The poppy and wild flower season has ended for the year. I’ve been busy painting because I know how short this season is. When these flowers dry up in the fields, they are a fire hazard in the city, so they were all cut close to the ground last week. I wasn’t able to do very many, but I’ll be posting the watercolors I was able to do.
What I like most about painting these flowers is the combination of colors.
I penciled in the jar lightly to keep parallel lines parallel to the edge of the paper.
It’s almost Spring and the Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain is full of Color.
I went to the Retiro in the first week of March to paint a specific fountain near the old zoo, called Antigua Casa de Fieras. I couldn’t go into the area because it was taped off, but I could still see it, so I was able to make the watercolor I wanted.