This is a small (6×9) watercolor study of another church in San Miguel de Allende, that I did while down there this summer. It is on Canson Montval 140# cold press.
This is a quick study in watercolor of a rose that I did as a demonstration in a class recently at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was done on an Arches 9″ x 12″ 140# cold pressed watercolor block with a 1/2″ flat synthetic watercolor brush.
This is a small study (5″ x 7″) of a water lily I did as a demonstration for the botanical landscape class I taught recently. It was done in about 45 min. in watercolor on a 5 x 8 Moleskine watercolor journal.
This is the small plastic box I use to hold the tools and materials for plain air watercolor painting. It’s 4.75″x6.75″x1.25″ and fits conveniently in a small messanger bag that holds the watercolor paper blocks and paint pallet.
The box holds: (top row, left to right) drafting pen for applying resist; graphite pencils for initial drawing; assorted brushes, rounds in # 1, 3, and 5, and flats in 1/4″ and 1/2″; watercolor pencils for adding detail and texture; (bottom row, left to right) clamps for holding pallet to support; pencil sharpener; erasures; and white gouache.
This is a page from my Strathmore Mixed Media, 300 series, 9″x12″ sketch book. I use this mixed media paper when sketching with Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils and a Yasutomo Niji water brush.
This plein air watercolor study is of one of the many colorful churches in San Miguel de Allende. I did this one last summer while down there teaching a Hummingbirds in Graphite drawing class. It’s done on an 8″x5″ Moleskine watercolor journal.
This is a study of an old willow tree done on a 5″x 8″ Moleskin watercolor journal. The thinest branches are added with water saluable colored pencil. Notice the atmospheric perspective created by the lighter values of the branches which extend out behind the tree trunk.
This is one of the palettes I use for plain air painting. The colors shown are all Daniel Smith Extra Fine. The round plastic water cup in the upper left of the image is attached to the metal palette with velcro. I don’t usually clean the mixing wells after finishing a painting in the field since the leftover colors make wonderful grays for the next go around. This image is of the palette after finishing the previously posted “Bristlecone Border”
This is the graphite drawing of the Bristlecone Border at the Denver Botanic Gardens done on Canson Montval watercolor block, 9″ x 12″, cold press. The dark gray areas are the Pebeo drawing gum resist applied to save the lights.
A “ghost wash” is applied over the resist and graphite, with warm tones in the foreground fading to cooler tones in the background.
The main dark and light tones are now established –
and the resist is rubbed off revealing the saved lights.
The final details are added with the small blossoms in the foreground done with white gouache and watercolor.