Almost Winter

Outside, the season’s first snowfall is still partially covering the ground, but I thought I’d sneak in one more image of fall before the winter solstice is upon us. I tried to make this one a pure watercolor, but I ended up overworking it. So, I reached for the gouache to fix it and lost some luminosity in the process. Painting management! Will have to redo this at a future date.

Fall color

A telltale sign of fall is the crimson color of Euonymus alatus, otherwise known as burning bush. The key to its intense color is sunlight. The greater the exposure, the deeper the color. There is a row of these bushes along the Wyomissing trail that lies mostly in the shadow of the surrounding trees. One can readily see where the sun breaks through by the intensity of color on the tops of the bushes.

More Eerie Doings

A year has passed since our creepy couple performed their Danse Macabre on the beach. Somewhere, under a pale moon, they’ve reappeared for their annual night of revelry, and perhaps a bit of mischief. They’re more formal this time; it seems that they’ve made an effort to look their best for each other. A toast to true love – maybe it does last forever!

Weird watercolors and ghostly gouache on Ahhhhhrches paper.

Autumn Brushwork

The leaves are finally and reluctantly beginning to fall, but this year’s wet weather must be muting their colors, so I dug out a photo that I took last Fall of a bright, bitternut hickory along the Wyomissing creek.

A few months back I bought a couple of flat brushes as part of my run-up to painting in oils, but there is still a pile of acrylics laying on my table, so they got the assignment. Instead of a precise drawing I decided to let the brushes indicate the shapes. I had a lot of fun with this one.

Acrylics on Arches watercolor paper.

October Moon

October is upon us, and the crows are on the move to their next perch, setting up a racket that usually means they are trying to dislodge a hawk from their territory.

Sometimes I luck out with the wet-in-wet technique and I keep a watercolor looking watery. This is glazed, light to dark. I let each layer dry completely before re-wetting it and adding shadows, being careful not to draw anything in detail.

Watercolors on Arches paper.

Mirror Monday

This was an experiment with watercolor crayons and Yupo paper. Because Yupo paper is plastic rather than paper, the crayon sits on the surface. It took a while for me to learn how to control the painting. The addition of water just made everything run off in all directions. One nice aspect of using a surface like this is that any mistakes can be mostly obliterated with water and a paper towel.