Saturday, November 19, 2011

While White Christmas Plays on the radio

I have been still trying to do David Dunlop's watercolor with acrylic gloss medium paper prep. In my previous post I mentioned gesso as the preparation , well both can be used. Gotta say, it aint easy. This is actually a very old technique used by the masters such as Turner and others. It gives us a chance to treat watercolor as an oil painting. The paint can be applied and then either taken off with a brush to either correct or add highlights. It gets tricky. It's fun, but I prefer watercolor painting being just that a watercolor with all the spontinaeity that comes with that medium. It's a quick kill or very successful. But as you all now I do love trying new techniques. Happy Painting everyone.



















9 comments:

  1. Hi Joan!...Nice studies all! I like the pure watercolour best... simply because of its transparency and crispness.

    The other two are indeed nice as well... but are dark tonally... just like some of the tonalist masters... giving them a mystical quality... thus achieving a very different and intended heavier feel!

    Lots of good progress here Joan! Good for you!

    Strangely.... temperatures went up and the three or so inches of whiteness has almost disappeared. Back to square one! Think I'll run down to the studio and throw on one of our many "White Christmas" offerings... maybe a James Taylor take... I like that one!

    Good Painting! Have a great weekend!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  2. Truly wonderful, Joan! These would be seen as incredible successes! Depth, values, shapes, reflections -- absolutely awesome!

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  3. Hi Joan. Like yourself, I prefer to use the watercolour medium as it is. I wouldn't have thought that you ever get the same opacity of acrylic, gouache or oils. However, if you can get lovely painterly results and brushstrokes like the top two here, then it may be worth pursuing. I love your watercolour studies from your sketchbook too.
    The Christmas music will be starting here soon .. whether it's Vaughan Williams, Bing, Greg Lake or the Pogues, I love it all :) Best wishes, Michael.

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  4. Well, with 'White Christmas' in the background nothing can get wrong...and nothing did :-) All beautiful, maybe I prefer by little the cottage hidden in the wood. Wish you a lovely sunday.

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  5. Hi Bruce,

    Thank you and I also agree with you about watercolor in it's own right. I am happy to try something different once in awhile, but watercolor in its true and uncontrolled way is more exciting.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  6. Hi Lin,
    Thank you so much, and for you encouragemnt on flickr as well. In fact I must get back and update my account. Thank you for all your support.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  7. Hi Michael,

    I am so not going to continue on with that technique. Sometimes a duck should just be a duck. If I want to paint oils, or acrylic it's just a matter of changing to a different medium. It was fun to try, but I am enjoying my new sketching tools more.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  8. Hi Jane,

    Thank you, listening to holiday music is a treat while busy painting or sketching. In fact all music helps the creative juices to flow.

    Have a great weekend.
    Joan

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  9. Hi Joan,
    I love the "romantic" feel of these, especially the one on the top. It's so nice to see other's experiments - thank you for sharing!

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