Category Archives: watercolor
For the last two weeks, I have been honing, or at least, rehoning, my watercolor skills and applying them to portraiture. The first two I started at the hospital—I am a cancer patient and I sometimes paint while I’m in chemo. They were at best “practice” pieces, and I will redo them.
I drew out most of this one also while I was undergoing treatment. The last two days it got color, and I am now confident enough to start looking for commissions. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in a possible commission. email@example.com
“Malynda and Bri”, 2017. Watercolor on Windsor Newton paper, 11″ x 15″
This photograph was taken with my phone. I need a fairly clear photo to work from.
This photograph was shot six years ago and I never printed a really decent copy of it. I have attempted this as a painting twice, once in pastel, once in watercolor.
“My Favorite Little Rocker”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
The year has started with a pile of resolutions, but none that can’t be attempted. I’d like to figure out a way to start making a consistent side-income, and this looks as good as any. It will require practice, but these are the first of the “Friends’ Portraits”, and they have been well-received by the subjects and our friends.
“Bill”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
“Jaybird”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
“Jeannie”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.
This is a departure for what I normally do in this medium and the medium that I normally do portraits in. I am quite comfortable working with a dry medium for this subject. It’ll be a few more attempts before the portraits get the color-vibrancy that my cars have, for example.
These two cars were completed right before Christmas.
Please feel free to contact me if you have a subject that you would like rendered in watercolor. There will be more examples to come.
The last place I ever expected to be is here. And. I will admit it. It feels like I am selling out. But only sort of.
I did a lot of realism, and thoroughly loved what I did 12-14 years ago. Because I made statements with it. Pieces likes “I Ain’t Gonna Work” were not designed to be pretty pictures.
This is “The Tractor” (not the formal name) This is a social statement about where we are with small farms:
This is the last commission. No politics, no comment, but it feeds me and the cat.
And, I really don’t want to make overt political statements with my art. I really want to make people scratch their heads and say, “Huh?” But, I am almost thinking that we might be beyond that stage too.
OK, this is pathetic. I haven’t posted anything in almost four months.
It has been a weird year so far, and I’m not going to make any further excuses. There are lots of changes on the horizon, and I’ve been concentrating on trying to meld ideas and paint. And, I am no longer trying to make it make sense. A change is just that.
The new work was not spawned but reinforced by two commissions, and a sale of two other realistic watercolors.
Below is Chris’ first piece which, when I delivered it, responded with “That’s f–king awesome!” Guess he liked it. And, enough that I am finishing up another one for him which I will deliver next week.
So, with this bit of prompting, I am revisiting this kind of work. As long as it involves a paint brush and paint.