Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wash drawing of gnarled California Bay Laurel tree trunks with young off shoots. Sketched in the woods on a portable small wooden easel. This is handy as you can place various sketchbooks on the 'table' portion and adjust to any angle for washes, etc. Fabriano Classic Artist's Journal paper, 6"x 8". Faber -Castell dark sepia fine pen and brush. Various watercolor tints; sepia, neutral tint, prussian blue, burnt sienna and yellow orchre. Caran d'ache watercolor pencils and Pentel's tradio pen. In my upcoming fall Gouache & Watercolor workshop, I will go over mixed media tools, such as these too!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fall Workshop - October 20-21, 2012 - SF

Greetings everyone and happy summer- There will be a new Gouache & Watercolor painting workshop this fall - October 20-21, 2012 at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. Besides covering essentials of these wonderful mediums, I will also be covering a digital workflow, using your scanned or photographed sketches/paintings and how to take them further with digital painting using Photoshop and Painter software. For those who attended the June workshop this year, this could be thought of as part two! No worries if you missed the earlier one or haven't used these mediums, I will cover the basic foundations again as well as new ground and also focus on individual requests; so you get the most out of the weekend workshop. Sign Up Here! Above is a recent gouache and watercolor painting - 5x7" on hot press Fabriano block paper. An invented oak tree view with a hint of the dry California summer hills in the distance.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Traveling on the east coast recently, I enjoyed the shores of Connecticut and trips to the British art museum at Yale, researching original watercolor and gouache paintings. In addition kayaking in southern Maine, Berkshires in Massachusetts and New York's Hudson river artist oasis at Olana, the home of Fredrick Church. The views from the home's windows were composed by the painter as the large creative 'castle' took shape. I highly recommend the journey to this scenic estate. Beach scene with umbrellas - study from a small pocket sketchbook. 2.5" x 4" - gouache and watercolor.