Seasons greetings with an illustration in water color on Arches hot press art board.
These five watercolor paintings were accepted into this year’s Colorado Plein Air Arts Fest juried show. I painted them this summer/fall in the front range foot hills near Golden CO. Each painting was completed 100% in the field.
The show will run from Nov. 18th through Dec. at the Denver Public Library in the 7th floor Vida Ellison Gallery.
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 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.