Summer has flown by and was spent doing lots of weeding and mulching when I wasn’t painting.
I have completed several landscapes and a few florals.
Below are the results and a few comments about each one.
This board usually allows lifting, but I suspect the warm weather has affected the surface, as I found it was not possible. In fact, each time I wet he surface with a wash an ugly texture appeared. I discovered it calmed down once dry, resulting in a mostly normal texture. This made judging color and value difficult as I worked. It also made it necessary to do a lot of waiting, which gave me thinking time before each step. Usually this board is a dream to work on. I’ve found that temperature can affect all kinds of papers and boards, not just this one, so I’ve learned to work with it when it happens. I was still able to mingle color after saturating a section with a soft quill brush before floating on color. Glazing was also done this way.
This allowed for some lifting and nice textures. The palette is a simple one of blues and earth tones. I built up values in layers, letting the surface dry between applications.
Afternoon Glow is on a quarter sheet of Terra Skin paper. This paper is made from stone dust and is similar to Yupo, though not as shiny smooth. It has a warm palette and dramatic lighting. Values were built up here as well.
Dancing Light is on a half sheet of Terra Skin paper with a similar palette. Making interesting textures is easy on this surface and some lifting is possible unless you use staining paint. I did paint around most whites and softened edges as I did so. darks were built up in layers, letting paint dry before each new application.
This is a beautiful venue and a wonderful annual juried exhibition held annually in the heart of the Adirondacks.
NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS
American Artists Professional League 90th Grand National; Salmagundi Club, NYC
Montana Watercolor Society 36th Watermedia Annual; Bigfork Art Center, MT
MTWS PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Montana Watercolor Society
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 39th International; Crary Art Gallery, PA
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia National; Evergreen Center For the Arts, CO