As promised here are the five amigos up close. I was standing right next to the highway and cars would go zooming past behind me. This view was a lot wider than this and I had to look up at the figures. Heres a sketch of the building I did a while back.
3.5″ x 5.5″ Watercolor and pencil on Moleskine
Yesterday at a cafe I couldn’t help overhear a group of elderly men shooting the breeze. A lot of stories being told. This man was interesting he had one of those cell phone ear buds in his ear. Talking about modern times passing you up. I don’t even have one of those and theyve been around for at least 5 years.
3.5″ x 5.5″ Watercolor on Moleskine
I liked this scene. Its in the oil fields and I tried to portray the distant trees. I’m liking that cloud especially the greenish grey blue that’s in it. Some how my brush wasn’t totally clean so it left some behind. A good accident . That darkish color on the right is my thumb sometimes it trys to get in the picture.
Early Morning 15
3.5″ x 5.5″ Watercolor on Landscape Moleskine
I ran out of the Canson 140lb cp block paper and switched to my Watercolor Landscape Moleskine. This paper seems different. This morning was not as dramatic as yesterday. I captured the cloud patterns better today and a good glow but not the one I was hoping to get. It needs to be more graded. As always the colors change pretty fast one moment your preparing to put in the orange wash like you see it and once its done the colors have changed, lol. I still had some ultramarine blue left to make the black. Today I get more, yeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhh. I did notice that I could see some green in the trees so I added some. I think it needs to be more paler and cooler.
Not a lot of fog this morning either.
The jellies have no sign of moving yet………..
3.5″ x 5.5″ Watercolor and Pen on Landscape Moleskine
Ok. This morning I was geared up to do some sketching. Minus some napkins for wiping my brush everything went all right. That reminds me I need to wash my jeans before the paint dries.
I was looking for something to sketch and didn’t see anything that I liked until I drove over the railroad tracks looked to my left and saw this train. Ah haaa. What was really cool is how long this train was. I parked the car and sat right down about 5 feet away from the track and commenced to sketching. Then I started on the sky which didn’t come out as planned I think I need to use the same puddle from my palette. Just wait a little right when it starts to lose its sheen the apply more paint into the bottoms of the clouds.
When I started on the train some noise from behind started getting louder and louder until finally, yep its a train all right. Its going to pass on this trains right side. I guess you would say hes on the wrong side of the track, lol. Anyway it was really loud, and the ground shook under me. The horn was even louder. But with no fear I kept adding paint. I was about to burst out laughing I thought it was hilarious I was sitting there sketching this train while another comes blowing by.
3.5″ x 5.5″ Pen and Watercolor on Landscape Moleskine
After I did the Backyard Sprout I did this painting. Actually I was headed out to do this one but noticed the sprouted plant in the backyard first. I decided I would do that because you never know when you will see that again. Well tomorrow probably. I don’t think its going anywhere accept up a little, lol. Maybe more bug eating on the leaves etc. The boat I don’t think its going anywhere unless its a record breaking heat wave all focused on our house and it evaporates all the water. Either that or it springs a leak which this boat is built stout.
I called this one Sunk. It rained recently and the drain plug in the rear of the boat was plugged up with tree debris. Well the boat filled with water and down she went. It was funny when I notice her like that. I knew right away what happened. The last time that happened the dive crew had to go out in heavy rain wearing swim goggles and swim trunks. The salvage dive guy will be out tomorrow to get the debris out and resurface her. She’ll be good as new, lol.
5.5″ x 3.5″ Pen and Watercolor on Landscape Moleskine
I’ve been inspired by a well known artist, Charles Reid. I’ve read about him in a magazine called Watercolor Artist in August 2009 issue. He did a painting called Macy 2 which I thought was awesome. Its a man at standing next to his fishing boat. I did a sketch of the man pushing his boat out to sea, heres the link: http://kirbysart.blogspot.com/2009/07/moleskine-1-gotta-go.html
Since then someone has suggested I take a look at his works and I recently obtained Pulling Your Paintings Together by Charles Reid from the library. Its really cool. Lots of information and he gives assignments for the artist to do.
This painting was done after reading and studying some of his work. One thing I took note is he suggests having lost and found edges and to at least have the painting touch 3 borders. HIs sketches involves using lost and found contours and to sketch inside and outside contours. Its very interesting. Theres a lot of other information he gives but those I picked up on. More to learn….
3.5″ x 5.5″ Watercolor on Moleskine Landscape
I spotted this scene today and thought it would be good practice. It was Early morning and HOTTT. Good for drying the watercolors though. The feild was grwing with some type of really tall grass. The grass was about 5 feet tall. They probably use it for hay. The tops of the grass had seeds on it and produced this really cool yellowish orange. The sky was bright blue with these clouds all around.
Its still hot out here even this early in the morning. What do you expect? Its the middle of August and close by the coast and bright sunshine, lol. This is a Live Oak tree in the oil fields. It was just asking to be painted. It had a nice shadow and limbs everywhere. Interestingly there was a lot of open space on the inside where the main limbs branch out from the trunk. Most of the foliage was on the right to upper right of the tree. I tried to convey the right side being lighter. Better luck next time. I forgot to put in the sky which was a graded sky blue. But I think this works it conveys a bright sunshiny day.
Heres a scene downtown in Alvin. This creek runs through it and can get pretty full. There was a storm brewing in the background and I had just enough time to paint this before it rained. Some kid below was walking around so I put him in, he was wearing a bandanna and looked like a pirate. Maybe it was a pirate ghost of Jean Lafitte. Lafitte is famous around here. There was a shipwreck of his in Matagorda Bay that was dug up not too long ago.
5.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor and Pen