Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Travel Kit

Here's a description of my travel painting kit. It's constantly evolving, if I remember I'll post an update once in a while.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


What they are, how they work, and a look at the ones I use. Follow this link.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Developing My Style

As I practice my painting, I'm coming to prefer the loose and casual style of watercolors. The hardest thing for me to learn is that "loose" doesn't equal "sloppy" or "random".

This first one was an exercise in painting a variegated sky to create a sunset. There are only three colors used here - Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Raw Sienna - mixed in various ways to create what you see here.

This second painting is my first go with masking. I basically painted the lighthouse and base of the rocks with liquid frisket and then painted the sky, rocks and water. After it was dry I rubbed the frisket away, then did the lighthouse.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Inspirations: Tarot for Writers

I mentioned here that I use the Deviant Moon tarot deck for inspiration when writing stories. I also mentioned a book titled Tarot for Writers that was on my wish list.

I did recently pick it up and though I still have no desire to start telling fortunes, I am finding it fascinating reading. It does veer into the spiritual here and there, but for the most part it's a straightforward explanation of what each card traditionally means and includes a detailed description of the incredible amount of symbolism present in each card's rendering. There are short suggestions on things to write about based on each card, and they're not necessarily obvious and trivial.

There's also several sections on various other ways to use the deck to kick-start your creativity, from character generation to plotting.

All in all, it's well worth the money, even if you only write for fun or for yourself.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Another Monochrome

Another exercise in separating value from color. I'm rather pleased with how it came out, despite the crappy scan.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Landscape Study

This is another landscape painted from a watercolor book by David Bellamy.

Eventually, This Was Bound To Happen

This recent painting was inspired by the Phantom of the Opera. I was watching England's Hammer Studios version and they used this shot to play the credits over.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Everything's Better When Wet

So says Steve Miller. I doubt he was talking about watercolor paintings, but it does apply.

One of my painting groups regularly posts photos for us to paint. This is the July challenge, and the first seascape I've ever done.

Separating Tone and Color

This is a second try at this monochrome exercise. The first time I did this one, I used a waterbrush and it came out ok. Using regular brushes, I think it came out much better this time.