Travel can be just the thing to spark experimentation. The change of routine is a chance to try new materials. A recent family jaunt spurred me to try two materials that, though not completely new, were not a part of my routine. Just prior to our trip, I bought a Kilimanjaro paint book from Cheap Joe's, as an experiment. I found that I used it extensively to sketch both in pencil and watercolor. I'm not sure why I hadn't tried this before... I also acquired a Sharpie Pencil. It works like an ultra fine Sharpie but erases like pencil and imparts some character of its own as it isn't as strong as a standard Sharpie.
This is a page from the paint book. Liquid pencil on one page facing a watercolor of the same. The next step will be to work out something larger and a bit more refined.
A painting doesn't need to be complicated to work. The watercolor presented here employs only one color, ultramarine blue, laid onto a Canson, cold press finished watercolor block. Some shapes were sketched in with pencil and the lines left in. The hard shapes on the horizon were created with pigment on the edge of a putty knife. Simple shapes, simple color, usually works. I call this "Ultra Blue".
The Laser Class sailboat is all action and best suited to the young and young at heart. Congrats to all the sailors on Deep Creek Lake who inspired this small watercolor that I simply call "The Racer". This is 12"x9" on Arches Hot Press finish paper.
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Unity in a painting is a major concern to most painters. I can say it is a biggie for me, that's for sure.
One technique I apply universally is to make sure that I have an underlying color running throughout my painting. I usually do this by applying a wash of the same color to all areas of a painting..."if it is in the sky, it will be in the foreground as well."
Another way to build unity is to randomly fold the sheet of watercolor paper and crease the folds sharply to break the fibers of the paper. These creases will hold pigment and produce a pattern that will be both interesting and unifying.
The painting shown here, "Bag Full", illustrates using both of these techniques. Give it a try.
Many of my Sailing Series originals have sold so I tasked myself with working on some new images along this subject matter. "Yahoo" expresses the thrill of running with the wind. It will be displayed along with several other new sailing images at my studio tour this weekend in Garrett County, MD.