Saturday, May 25, 2019

Still Playing - Hummer

Today I thought I would try again with the wet in wet by using a mister before starting to lay down color.   With these I'm going straight in with brush and color. 

This is so not how I'm used to working and so outside of my comfort zone.  On the positive side, it's a nice change challenging myself to play without worrying too much if everything is precise.  Hard to be precise when working with varying spots of wet and dry paper and allowing paint to do its thing (giving it a fuzzy look in some areas).

I still haven't made up my mind what I think of the results...especially with the paper I chose to work this on.  Might try again on better quality watercolor paper.

Grumbacher watercolor pad and QoR watercolors.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Messing Around - Wet n Wet

Today I was in the mood to just mess around with color and brush.  I thought this subject might be perfect for playing.

I'm such a perfectionist always feeling I have to get everything just so-so and thought maybe if I do a few exercises like this, it might help allow me to play and not worry about the least not too much so.  And maybe it will help push me forward where I'm still on the fence with this slump I've been in.

Used a mister first lightly spraying the paper and then applying paint using basic strokes.  Then just dabbed color letting it go where it wanted.  Used a clean dip pen nib to bruise a few lines and allowed to dry.  Then dabbed a bit of color in a few areas trying to keep it loose.

Stonehenge Aqua / Holbein watercolors

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

When the Moment Hits

I've hinted or mentioned a few times about being in a slump and it still continues.  Normally I can work through these spells within a reasonable time by just trying to push forward, trying something new, or revisiting a medium I haven't used in awhile.  This go around, however, nothing is really working so I'm just accepting and going with the flow until the motivation returns.

Even with that said, now and then something might grab me and I'll try to take advantage of that burst of motivation.  It happened last night at the oddest time.  I was getting ready to shut down my laptop and go to bed when this key chain grabbed my attention and the itch to sketch him was too overwhelming to pass up.  It was after 2 a.m. when this hit

KG sketchbook and Lamy Safari pen / Lexy Grey Ink

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