Stedmans Corners Farm, 12 x 9″ plein air watercolor
Bossy, 16 x 12″ transparent watercoor on watercolor board
I’m honored today to receive an Honorable Mention at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston for “Sassy”. Theme: Landscape. All three paintings may be seen at the WAS-H gallery, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston during April. Opening: Friday, April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. YOU are invited!
This is a fast-paced 1 hour demo for my class yesterday, then another 1/2 hour tweaking the nose this morning. This type of timed painting really challenges an artist in so many ways! Last week I found this photo of my grandmother Bessie and I’m also doing the full length version of her at my leisure. Stay tuned!
Trying a new paper with Matisse as my muse. (paper review, below)
Shizen paper has a very rough, hand-pulled quality. What sets it apart is the way it is sized both internally and on the surface. Thus it allows generous amounts of lifting, almost unheard of for a rough, hand-pulled paper. Nice!
This big painting was a great deal of fun because these are 2 of my favorite subjects and I know them both well. I began with a rough sketch on Day 1, laid in some sloppy washes and blocked in forms. On Day 2, I did some botanical parts and hair texture on both models and finally on Day 3 (yesterday) I did the easier parts–flowers and clothing. All in all my biggest challenge was to leave it alone and call it finished. It is a good thing today is the show deadline!!