Thursday, January 18, 2018

UNO'S COUSIN, PRIMO - a watercolour step by step process

Primo, in his natural colouring ...

Another of my neighbour's roosters. She had about 6 at one point. I like the pose in the 1st photo, but LOVE the colours of the second, so I combined the two ...

My drawing ...

First wet in wet washes. There are a lot of smaller areas of different colours. I am doing what I can w/w in the larger areas.  Here I am using alizarin crimson, quin. sienna, quin. burnt orange, phthalo blue and browns and blacks [quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone].

The next few steps are a matter of intensifying the colours, usually with more of the same, and sometimes with a complement added to darken.

Colours are established overall ...

A bit of chicken-scratch spatter on the ground ...

I am adding a soft background with permanent rose [any cool quin. pink will do],  quin. burnt orange and indanthrone. I am applying it quite thinly.

These last two photos are taken at the same stage, with different lighting. I find it difficult to get a true  assessment of the colour using just the computer editing. I have posted both images so you may get a better idea of the colours and values.

available for purchase
framable size 13 x 14.5 in./ 33.5 x 38 cm.
$375.00 Cdn

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Here he was in November ...

... and as of a few days ago. Whether the painting is "better" or "worse", I don't know - one of those unexplainable things attributable to taste.

39 x 32.5 cm. framable
$375.00 Cdn

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018


I think I did this last summer, and thought it finished. But I decided to dig it out and have a critical look.  One of my shortcomings in watercolour is not carrying the painting to completion. I remember a series of classes I took in Vancouver years ago, and the instructor's favourite phrase to me was "darker ... darker'', get those values dark! So I soaked the killdeer for a few minutes, stapled her back down, and finished her - I did some more detailing, intensifying some of the darks to bring out the feathers, and gave her  "home" - something reminiscent of her habitat. I call it "the Dance" as she reminds me  of that as she goes into her distraction display.

Dance of the Killdeer
13 x 11 in./ 34 x 29 cm. framable
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Sunday, January 7, 2018


A free hand drawing of a Toulouse goose. I decided to have him marching off in the snow, heading home.

Thin washes of phthalo blue and permanent rose ...

... then start on the feathers, using browns and greys made with quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone.

Bill and feet are quin. sienna.

What possessed me to choose pink I don't know!

So I went over it again with indanthrone, giving it some more depth and more pronounced foot prints.

Every year I get Pat the same gift - a voucher for a nearby nursery/garden centre. She loves her garden [we can both hardly wait till Spring!] and this way we both enjoy the beauty of all the flowers. As usual, I am never ready for Christmas - had my gift certificate but no card. So I quickly made this up. WHEW

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