In progress using values mixed from Burnt Umbra and Titanium White.
|After finishing the HB pencial cartoon using a grid, I went over the lines with fluid Burnt Umbra.|
The medium I use is a fifty fifty mix of linseed oil and odorless mineral spirits. The brush I use is a very
carefully cared for pointer.
Then using a rag, I toned the whole canvas over with a mix of Burnt Umbra and the linseed oil/MS paint medium.
Detail of the underpainting in progress. I never noticed this gal had a hat on till
I was painting her.
Here's where I let life step between me and the easel. Before I got involved .with values, I had household tasks that hadn't been done since before my knee surgery-- in addition to bedding down the garden for winter and making my repertoire of hearty soups to freeze for fast dinners when painting is more important than cooking. While the time consuming women waited, I tended my house and warmed up with drawings-- and spontaneously fooling around with watercolor just because I found some small pieces of 300 lb WC paper in a cupboard I was reorganizing.
|Self portrait after an afternoon of polishing my mom's silver, a gift or a curse?|
|An unbelievable presidential candidate roughed up with my 314 General pencil.|
|Center Entrance Foyer, 314 General pencil on 300 lb watercolor paper. Don't ask why.|
|Center Entrance Foyer, watercolor on 300 lb WC paper. The paper ate the colors upon drying and I learned something.|
|.But the composition was strong so I decided to see if the little free hand wet into wet could be saved.|
While drawing is my lifelong strong point and the Venetian oil painting method has been of great interest over the last two years, watercolor is the medium I have always loved to play around with with no expectations for great achievement. Again, they will accompany me to Mexico over the holidays--but I'll leave the 300 lb. paper at home.