Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just to mix things up a bit I'm posting a recent oil on linen painting created this last August on the shores of Connecticut. The day I finished it, Hurricane Earl was roughly coming our way that night, but it ended with a sputter and nothing much. I had to rig an umbrella to my easel as it was starting to rain towards the end of the painting session.

The painting is currently for sale Susan Powell Fine Art - Gallery in Madison, CT.

I've been curious about paper making recently and over the weekend experimented with a hybrid linen cloth & 100% cotton rag watercolor paper blend to form a stronger than average handmade watercolor paper (Am I crazy?). I've contacted several specialized paper companies and wish to learn more about this historical process. Very labor intensive but rewarding to say the least.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

On location nature study. Gouache on gray toned paper - 6x9 inches.

After seeing numerous watercolors at the Yale Center for British Art's archives I was inspired to experiment on my break back on the East Coast. Girtin, Turner, R.P. Bonington, Cozens, Gainsborough among others was outstanding to see up close.

Sketch from imagination on prepared Arches MBM Ingres (Michallet) paper with gray wash, gouache, w/c and pen&ink. 5x6 inches.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Getting close to finishing the mini ebook tutorial, thanks for your patience! Here is a recent value study for a stormy cliff composition. Perhaps a French sailing barge grounded with crew looking on, dwarfed by the scale of the crumbling precipice above.

Gouache on gray canson paper, dip pen loaded with diluted watercolor and gouache, touches of pastel pencil. 6x10 inches.

Monday, May 03, 2010

This is an invented high mountain scene starting with light transparent washes and smaller opaque passages in the center rock area. Winsor & Newton extra large full pan watercolors with M.Graham Chinese white was used. 9x12 Montval watercolor block paper and small amounts of sepia pen & ink work added at the end as well.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

As promised a few shots from my demo lecture on a recent gouache/watercolor painting.

I am writing a twenty page plus breakdown of the process and it should be informative for those interested in learning more about gouache painting and how to start simply when developing more complex imagery.

I will keep you posted when that is ready in the near future. The tutorial will be available as a PDF for viewing. I am considering a small fee for the time I am putting into it.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Some casual sketches from the back yard and dinner table today. The plate of artichoke petals dissolved away in the evening light. I love springtime. Pencil on smooth moleskin style sketchbook. I will post the previous work in progress photos this Sunday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thanks to everyone attending this last weekend's workshop at Kevin Chen's Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, California. What a wonderful group of students and Kevin and his wife Estelle were terrific hosts. I enjoyed the Eaton Canyon location on Sunday's portion of the landscape painting/sketching workshop. Springtime near the base of the mountains provided us with babbling streams and shimmering leaves of sycamore to inspire us in our artwork. I will post some demos and quick sketches from the class soon. Here is the full picture of the painting I promised last week. This was also part of my slide lecture on the process of starting and completing a painting in gouache and watercolor. Later in the week I will show a collection of in-progress stills on this painting.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A small detail from an imaginative gouache and watercolor painting called 'Turner's Valley'. I captured the process with digital photos showing various stages in creating the image. I will go over these in my upcoming workshop next weekend... looking forward to sharing! 9x12 inches - Fabriano Hotpress watercolor block. Small additions of pastel added.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A few spots still open for April 17-18th 2010 Painting workshop!

Upcoming Workshops in beautiful Pasadena, California. At the Concept Design Academy -

Gouache & Watercolor Painting with Erik Tiemens - April 17 -indoor lecture/demo only

Gouache & watercolor Painting with Erik Tiemens- April 17+18 with outdoor painting. Limited spaces.

If you are interested in enrolling contact the Academy at - 818-669-4657

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Rapid watercolor/gouache sketch at the bay's edge. Boatyard with repair cranes and good low tide muck at the waterline to study. Grayish clouds building to a weak storm front. Additions of brush pen marker, dip pen with sepia ink and Caran D'ache water-soluble gray pencil on a Daler-Rowney sketchbook page - 65lb paper.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pine trees near the Palace of Fine Arts museum in San Francisco. A cold breeze out, but wonderful atmospheric layering of tree groups in the distance. Sepia ink with gouache burnt umber and freshly prepared sumi ink. Exploring metal dip pens and reed pens today.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Rapid limited palette study of a river bank with active water. Hot press paper (not from a block) with an ink sketch painted out on the upper left. 5.5 x 7 inches. My daughter was painting next to me using post-it notes and watercolor.