Hi everyone! Join me as I add watercolor to a botanical drawing. Here I’ll show you how to layer transparent watercolor in a loose relaxed way to add color to your drawings. This is the follow up to my Step-by-step botanical drawing video.
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For the paintings in my exhibit at SECCA, “I must love you very much”
I did a bit more planning than I normally do. To be honest, I don’t typically plan my paintings, but for these paintings I did have a specific feeling that I wanted. I liked the idea of making a group of paintings big enough to surround viewers such as Monet’s “Water-Lilies.” Some of his water lily paintings were mural sized works that filled specially made rooms at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.
I’ve been obsessed with Pilot Mountain for a couple of years, and have made a lot of paintings inspired by the place, but they were smaller works. For this project, I wanted to make paintings so big that a person looking at them would have the feeling of being transported to Pilot Mountain. While I’m not interested in creating a photo-realistic image of the place, I am interested in evoking the myriad sensations we feel when we are there.
To determine the size of the paintings, I measured the space I had available for my exhibit at the museum. I planned to make the paintings as large as I could make them while still leaving a bit of white space – or breathing room – around each one. I made four paintings, one for each wall.
After determining their size and taking reference photos on some hikes, I made preliminary watercolor drawings to loosely plan out the composition for each of the four paintings. I used a photo as the first point of reference, then reinterpreted the image by looking for the essential shapes that I would use in my paintings. As I worked on the large paintings, I referred to these drawings as a sort of map to give structure to my paintings. These are those drawings:
Want to see how I made these paintings? Check out this time-lapse video I made documenting the process.
This morning I worked on a collection of drawings with watercolor, graphite, and ink. Here is the process sped up 4x. Enjoy!
In this video I’ll share with you what I pack in my travel painting and drawing kit. I’ll show you how to carry just a small kit for drawing, and what to add if you want to paint with watercolors. Find out what type of pens and other drawing supplies I use, as well as which particular colors and brushes are in my portable watercolor kit.
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Timelapse showing how I pack my plein air painting kit
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I did another version of the Fisher Price shape sorter blocks drawing since I wasn’t really happy with yesterday’s. Still not totally satisfied with this one, but it feels like a step in the right direction.
Today’s drawing is a few of Noah’s Fisher Price blocks from his shape sorter bucket. He loves that thing. Like yesterday’s drawing, it is pencil and watercolor, and measures 10.5 x 13.25cm.
Today’s project is a drawing of the ubiquitous Sophie the giraffe teething toy that Noah and seemingly every baby around here loves. I threw in one of his Fisher Price shape sorter blocks too.
Each piece is 50x50mm, and there are 50 pieces in total.
This is the final piece from the 50x50x50 series! Here is the completed series:
Today’s enso from the 50x50x50 series
Today’s enso from the 50x50x50 series