Sammy forgot about my vacation, it was fun took over 800 pictures. We took our oldest grandson Max with us and it was a joy seeing Austria with him.
All C & C's always welcome
Sheila wow you are so talented. Beautiful painting of the yucca and the expressions you captured for your nephew are wonderful.
Claudia, Fantastic painting of your son enjoying the summer. Thank you showing us how you do it.
Joyce, we haven't met yet. I really enjoyed seeing your canyon painting. Terrific watercolor.
I am going on vacation with family in a few weeks and can't imagine not painting. We are going the "Jersey shore" and I am certain there are many scenes to be captured. I thought my family will strangle me if I drag my oils, so I bought myself new "toys" today. Water color pencils and a brush with water reservoir. I couldn't wait to leave work and try them. This is my attempt at trying this new medium. I used a wc sketch pad 90lb paper. It curled some but I had fun playing. Any suggestions are welcomed. The camera lighting is very yellow.
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Hi Karen, WC pencils are great for travel - so portable. What did you think of them after creating this painting? One of the delights of WC is the ability to have the paper show through as the highlights, which creates such a beautiful, luminous look (as opposed to oils, where the entire surface is painted).
Could you go into your message's edit function and replace the picture with a version that is larger? Although it is reading very small on my screen even when I enlarge it, the foliage looks very pretty.
One thing to consider is a tablet that is a watercolor block like Fabriano's 140- pound block - then it won't curl. You remove it from the block of paper after it's dry.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Karen, hi and welcome! You should really enjoy the group of wonderful artists here incuding youself. Your lastest picture is nice I love the warm of the yellows you used. I'm new at painting still getting my feet wet. Everyone here have been wonderful to me and I try hard to listen too everything they have to say about my art, you all are my teachers. As for me giving suggestions sorry I am too new and with this group as my helpers they are better with any suggestions. Good luck with the pencils. I am off again for vacation this time with the whold family grandkids and all to a cottage and I think water-colour pencils is a wonderful idea. I was thinking of pasels as I could use them outside.
Hi all, Have fun Joyce and paint up a storm. I'm starting a new series I think I'll call Fred's State of the Union. The first one was North Pole lake this one is high speed rail 11x14 watercolor
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Fred, I'm glad you haven't left your social conscience abandoned somewhere behind on the tracks, because it makes your art more than art! And I'm doubly glad to see the bears. Your "State of the Union" series is sure to be beary thought-provoking.
Joyce, Have a lovely and safe vacation.
Karen, Nice work on the wooded path although the fallen tree does rather point us out of the painting. the receding trees look good. Yes a pencil and pad and a few water colours will work fine just about anywhere.
Fred, nice train and political commentary.
Jen C & C's always welcome
I'm just back from taking a break so I hope you enjoy yours. I take those water filled brushes and Inktense pencils (very heavy weight paper sketch book for those) and my usual brown Pilot pen and sketch book for quick sketches. The blocks Alex mentions are expensive but worth it when painting plein air especially.
those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach - Peter Laslett
feel free to make constructive c/c...no digital alterations please
unable to catch up on all the chat so will have to start from today!!!!!
Hi all, I'll call this the Broken Bridge 11x14 watercolor
Hello Fred... some bridges can't be crossed???
Fred, a very timely addition to your "State of the Union" series, considering the bridge in the Northwest that collapsed after a truck rammed the girders ... and the state of bridges in general, with Pennsylvania alone having over 4,000 in critical need of repair. I love that the more "primitive" bridge is still in service. A lovely light touch on the sky.
Thank you Alex for your thoughts on this, they are as mine however there are some who think I'm too political in my stories about my images so I'll just give them a heading and let the viewer decide what it represents
Hi all, Time to check up on Bennie's travels. Bennie and Ruthie decide to visit Mercury and after communicating with the Merck's they set their GPS to land close to a cave opening and are instructed to descend until greeted by a Merck. the surface is extremely hot during the day and extremely cold at night but deep below the surface the temp stays pleasant at all times. So the travels continue 11x14 watercolor
Alex thank you for the watercolor tips. I can't seem to get a good photo. I will post my next practice instead.
Joyce I wish you a wonderful family vacation. I am still playing with w/c pencils. They are a great option for outdoors. No need to carry a water container with the special brush. Just a few pencils, brush and pad.
Jen, you are right about the fallen tree. Thanks for the observation.
Fred you have been busy. Nice to see Bennie and Ruthie back traveling. I love the colors on Mercury. I live in PA and the bridge pic does hit home.