Friday, May 11, 2007

Another experiment ...

Maybe it's the nice weather, but lately I've been wanting to try other mediums and materials ... spreading my wings maybe.

The photo's here are of a house that always catches my eye when I'm in the neighborhood. The front of the house faces the water, and is surrounded by vegetation, some beautiful well manicured shrubs and flowers. I have not done it justice, believe me.

The test/experiment was to use a crayon in the appropriate color then use watercolor paint on the top of that, allowing the the crayon to create texture. In the first photo, you see where I've drawn out the image in pencil, then used crayons in a light manner in the appropriate places.

In this second photo (on the right) you see my first washes of watercolor. You see a little of the texture if you look closely... some on the porch overhang and on the grey cement wall on the bottom right... and maybe in a few other places ... if you look closely.

Then lastly the finished experiment. I've added more value to the surrounding foliage. If you look closely you can see some texture. I think if I were to do this again I'd use a little more crayon. Not using too much as to fill in all valleys of the watercolor paper, but maybe just a bit more.


  1. Oh, this is nice! I love the darker foliage surrounding the adds a little mystery to the house in the midst.
    Great work in exploring!

  2. I like how you did the foliage and the explanation of the technique (since I am not a watercolourist).

  3. Wonderful and successful experiment, I like the way it turned out! I love the way you've surrounded the house with foliage too, so that it peeks out from all the darker green. What fun to play with those textures, I really must try to find some time soon just to play with other mediums, sigh.

  4. I like this a lot. What a nice blog you have here. I'm in the process of going through a few posts. I followed you from Ronell's...I'm on to ya now...if she runs that B&B contest..hahaha... sandy