Quick Sketch

It took a bit longer than “quick” for me to draw a portrait of one of our stalwart figure models (more like 40 minutes), but once I drew it in pencil, it was easy to create a watercolor sketch from it. This is painted fast and loose in order to keep the spontaneous look and feel of water media.

Context

Years ago, a former figure drawing professor of mine commented that he never saw me draw a background on any of my figure drawings. Well, here is a figure plus background. I call her “Renaissance Girl”. This lovely model is also an artist, has traveled to Italy and has an interest in Renaissance art. Thus the Botticelli-esque background.

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.