"Weeping Heart" Watercolor 2009
"The Jewel" Watercolor 2009
"Eye on the Ball" Watercolor/gouache 2009
I start a painting by choosing a paper size then a brush.
Then it is time to choose a color.
- This is not as simple as it sounds because I usually have
dried paint left on the palette. So I normally just wet it
and reuse it if I like it or I add new color until I am happy.
- Sometimes I just wet the dried paint and mop it up with
a paper towel and start fresh. Then I just begin by putting
the clean brush into this paint. To start painting sometimes
I make a long stroke on one area and make a complementary
one on the corner.
When I start I have absolutely no idea of what I am going
to paint. I don’t paint outside with a beautiful view or inside
with a photograph before me. I just paint and change colors as
I please. I call this right brain or spontaneous painting.
A note on paint and paper. I always use 140 cold press
watercolor paper in either Arches or Fabriano brands. For paint
I buy paint by the pigment not the name. Thus raw sienna
is a pigment and I don’t buy substitutes.
- Another example is cerulean blue, an expensive color. I never
buy cerulean blue hue which is imitation. All the expensive
colors have alternatives called hues which are made with other
pigments to match the same color.
Changing brands of paint can be difficult for the artist because
the binders are not the same. Some paint is very intense and some
is weak. Some are sticky or pasty.