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29/1: Mountain landscape

This is a sketch for a new commission. I’m still trying to settle on the best media for mosaic sketches, and I thought I’d give watercolor pencils a shot this time around. The top image is the drawing before I applied water…

And here it is after the water. Of course there are other ways to apply watercolor pencils, but after several attempts this seemed the best method for this particular piece.

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Week 18/ Sketch 1: More pears and bananas

When I showed my husband last week’s fruit sketch, he commented that the style of the drawing looked like it would work well in watercolor, thus inspiring this piece.

15/3, 15/4, 15/5: Skyline

This is a sketch for my next mosaic project. Each time I work out a piece like this, I’m so impressed at how much the process contributes to the finished project. In this case, color and scale are two areas of the mosaic I think will be improved by having made the sketch. I also learned a few things about watercolor technique here, and if the watercolor were the intended final piece, I would probably do it over again with those lessons in mind. As a sketch for a mosaic project, however, it serves it purpose well.

12/5: Sneaker

This is me trying to salvage my ego from this week’s earlier piece, the gulls watercolor. It came out a little flat, like it’s not oriented in a three-dimensional space, but I kind of like the effect. One difference between this piece and the gulls is that this one is on true watercolor paper. What a difference in the way the paper and paint interact! Lesson learned: stick with watercolor paper for watercolor paints.

12/2, 12/3, 12/4: Gulls in a line

This watercolor experience went a bit more along the lines of my original expectations for the goose piece. That is, as soon as I started drawing this, I thought I might have bitten off more than I could chew. Which is a silly way to think, because it’s bound to come true.

As I worked on the drawing, I felt comfortable sketching the birds in the foreground, but when it came to the background, I wasn’t exactly sure how to handle it in pencil. So I decided to try it in watercolor. I think if had gone into this piece with more confidence, and perhaps more importantly, allowed myself more time to take it slow, I would have been more satisfied with the results.

In the end, I’m trying to see it as not half bad for a beginner. Otherwise, I’ll never get to the next piece. And I really want to get to the next piece. I’m not sure why I’m feeling so strongly drawn to work in watercolor for this project, and I’m interested to see where it takes me. I think it might have something to do with control, and letting go. I’m not spontaneous in my life or in my art work, and I can see that it restricts me at times.

The photo on which I based my sketch, taken on the VEPCO bridge on Brown’s Island:

10/5: Goose, part II

The watercolor version of yesterday’s goose, and my photograph on which it was based. The goose in the photo is standing on a frozen lake, while I stood on a bridge overhead.

6/3: More robo-cat in color

Watercolor provided a much greater level of challenge than colored pencil, that’s for sure.