This week again I was using hot press watercolor paper. Not my favorite, but giving it a good shot. The figure and color portrait were both watercolor, the other two were charcoal pencil on newsprint. If they turn out this well, I should be using charcoal paper.
It's Fall again and the Summer Camp for kids is over at the Skokie Devonshire Center and that means our drawing group meets again. The model is Ken and I used my usual charcoal pencils on newsprint. This time I wanted to experiment with hot press paper doing my watercolors. I bought Hahnemuhl paper this time. The smooth surface wants to let the watercolor pool and run which I don't like in the upright position, so I had to hand hold the paper at a lower angle. The surface is less absorbent and thus the pooling. Anyway, I worked around it. If ever there was anything I was meant to do, it's painting or drawing portraits....so, very happpy to be back at it.
The Saturday drawing group of the Skokie Art Guild has to make way for the children's Summer camp. At the final meeting we had the model, Megan. The two watercolors were done on Arches rough paper, single sheet. The charcoals were just done on newsprint. Megan took a pose that did not seem anything I would like to either paint or draw (although I certainly could have), so I chose instead to draw Eugene. I did him in about 10-15 minutes because he left early and hasn't seen this. It's another of my ambush portraits. The other works were all done in 25 minutes. So, off this for the Summer and probably on to do some plein air painting.
These are two watercolors done a week apart. These were done plein air. Not sure why I chose to do the same view, maybe the challenge of doing all the trees. Anyhow, I sat out in the sun, put up with a lawn mower and wood chipper while I was painting....luckily no bugs. These are both watercolor but two different sizes. The view is the parking lot at the John C. Campbell Folk School looking down the Brasstown Road. My favorite was the first one.
As usual we went to the Jon C. Campbell Folk School in April. I was there two weeks in art classes and was able to get out and do some plein air painting with my watercolors. The garden at the school was still being planted and was still covered from the cold. The garden painting was done in about two hours. The Rooster at the garden I did standing with my palette and paper in one hand and the brush in the other with my water can at my feet. One of the gardeners threw some treats into the chicken pen to keep him there, but of course he never took the same pose as the one I began with. So it was a matter of just taking information into memory and then working out the rest by looking at color.
These two were done in about 25 minutes at the Saturday drawing class. Done on Arches cold press paper. And, yes, that guy's cheekbones are really that red. He is an umpire at high school football games and probably spends a lot of time in the sun.