Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The last of my bird series ...

Merganser - Nancy Van Blaricom Common Merganser: watercolor 5" x 5"

I think, for now, I'm done with my bird series. I find it hard to concentrate on painting the birds with my usual uptight detail painting style if I'm also wanting to paint more loosely.

I also have another painting started with the drawing down on the watercolor paper and some whites saved with masking fluid, but now I'm anxious to try to paint it looser than normal tendency's. Wish me luck.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thumbnails and value decisions

Today while sitting in the house looking out at the rain coming down I thought how nice it would be to be out painting en Plein Air on a sunny day. As I was looking out the kitchen window I noticed the contrast between outside and inside the house. I grabbed my 50% grey Prismacolor Pen and a black Sharpie to sketch the contrast in value's.

In this sketchbook photo I used the white of the paper for my whites and lightest values, then the 50% grey pen for the next value, and lastly the black Sharpie to indicate the shadow/darkest value.

I painted this using only my value sketch as my guide. This was an enjoyable exercise for me. I really had to think when choosing my colors that were back lit and in shadow. I'm not sure I did a good job of showing this, but when I converted this watercolor to black and white, below,

it seems pretty true to my original value thumbnail.