Went in the studio this afternoon and back again this evening to add some watercolor washes to the remaining sketches I made over Christmas break. There’s always some nostalgia I enjoy when making these paintings since for several years this is what I did as a kid taking art lessons.
Not particularly thrilled with these two so I think a field trip is in the making this Saturday. I’ll go all multimedia on these with some colored pencils plein air style for starters. After that, who knows?
Over Christmas break I got out to do some walking through our local state parks and do some on site sketching. Also, my wife gave me some very nice new watercolors as a Christmas present. I was getting very anxious to get back into the studio to add some watercolor washes to the sketches and finally got to that this past week. At least one will be worked up some more, most likely with graphite, colored pencils, and crayon. I sneaked in one sketch I did on the iPad.
I was able to get into the studio Saturday and Sunday this past weekend which gave me an opportunity to get this painting going while the other could sit and dry. Working two paintings at a time may seem pretentious but for me it’s about the ability to keep working. I find there are many advantages to keeping a few projects going on at any one time – this includes the work I do in the classroom with my high school students.
This one has been on the easel since late this past summer. Between other projects and teaching, then the onset of the holiday season, it has spent a lot of time just sitting around. Getting to live with it in progress this long has actually been productive. When I go into to the studio to work on it, I will spend at least a couple of hours painting. The big blocks of time are nice to have since there is quite a lot of detail to build up.