Monday, June 22, 2009


Black and white studies in watercolor of Aboretum in Oakdale. Once again inspired by Maggie Latham. Need to also take better photo's.

Mario, also had a suggestion, doing my black and whites, coal, or ink. Will do.
Mario is a very talented artist in Italy.
His blog is http://mariopiana.blogspot.com

18 comments:

  1. Your work is stunning, I just found you today, thanks for sharing your gift.
    JT

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  2. Joan,
    These are fantastic, I see you are really enjoying these studies, good job!

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  3. Thank you JT for stopping by, and for the kind words.

    Regards,
    Joan

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  4. Thank you Krista for the very kind words. Oh, yes, these studies are great fun. But, I better start completing one of these studies soon.

    Joan

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  5. Hi Joan, I left a comment for you on my latest blog post.
    I used to use India Ink quite a lot for plein air tonal studies, but found I could only really get about four values. Because India ink dries quickly and is permanent you have to work fast, which means loose and making correct decisions about value from the start. The one advantage is, that once dry, you can lay watercolour glazes in certain parts to create some really nice effects.
    As I think I mentioned before, these days I just use W&N Neutral Tint, which is a warmish grey, but gives a good value range just by the addition or subtraction of water.
    I really like the artist from Italy.... just wished I could understand Italian!
    Maggie

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  6. Joan--I love discovering new work and yours is wonderful. Especially enjoyed the radishes!
    Dreama

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  7. Wondefull Joan!! And thank so much for your words

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  8. Hi Maggie,

    Just came back from reading the comment you left for me on your blog. Thank you for all the tips. You are right, I will begin organizing my studio, starting with the note books. I will purchase the W&N Neutral Tint.

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  9. Hi Mario,

    Thank you for the comment on my studies. Mario, Maggie Latham, she lives in England, she likes your work.

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  10. Hi Dreama, thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I will stopping by your blog.

    Regards
    Joan

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  11. Wow..looking great, Joan and such great advice you are getting...
    Thank you so much for the plug on your post! I was pleasantly surprised to see that:-))

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  12. Hi Cathyann,

    Thank you Cathyann. I want to post the thumbnails again. I love seeing the latest post by artist such as yourself on my blog. Yes, I am learning so much by blogging, it's great fun.

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  13. Hi Joan.. Nice to meet you. We both struck gold. (smile) I love your work and will be so happy to follow your progress. Your work is beautiful.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my work.

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  14. Hi Dors,
    Thank you for stopping by, and the very kind comment. I am also looking forward to following your recent work.

    Best Regards
    Joan

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  15. Joan I just love these. There is something just so beautiful about sketching or painting in values of black and white.

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  16. Hi Dori,
    Thank you for the very kind words.

    Joan

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  17. Hi Joan,

    So glad to find you! I love the lost edges and impressionistic style of your paintings... and such beautiful colors!

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  18. Hi Teresa, thank you for the kind words. I found your site and was thrilled to see your work. I love your watercolor portraits, they're excellent.

    Joan

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