Adventures In Watercolor: Doodlewash June 2019 pt III

I just remember that I never got around to posting the last batch of my Doodlewash paintings. I feel a little bad about posting them three months after the challenge ended, but at least it’s better than not posting them at all.

I tried painting crystals instead of “stones”… but they didn’t turn out well


I’m really happy about how the paper bag turned out in the “Berries” one. The berries are… OK

Overall, it’s been really fun to do these small paintings. I even won a small prize – a watercolor pad – for “perseverance” from the Facebook group where I learned about the challenge in the first place! I’ve been busy since school started so I haven’t painted anything new, but the prize has given me an idea for a new project. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to complete it, but I will definitely post it on the blog once I’m done.

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Adventures In Watercolor: Doodlewash June 2019 pt II

Here’s the second batch of my June Doodlewash paintings/sketches. July is turning out to be busier than I thought, so I don’t think I can participate in this month’s challenge, but it’s been really fun. My skill really improves by painting every day, I got more comfortable with drawing (I’ve never been great at drawing anyway) and my control of the colors and the amount of water got a lot better too. Hopefully I can paint more regularly once the entrance exams are over.


I was going to use this for the “Movies” prompt since it’s based on the sandstorm in Mad Max: Fury Road, but I decided “Sand” was more fitting


Adventures In Watercolor: Doodlewash June 2019 pt I

I haven’t touched my watercolor set in over 6 months, but when a group of watercolorists I follow on Facebook posted a Doodlewash challenge for June, I decided it was the incentive I needed to get back to painting regularly. Basically, you’re given a list of prompts, and you draw/paint/sketch one each day (for several a day, like I did, because I had a late start) for an entire month. I have heard of Doodlewash before, but this is the first time I try one of their monthly prompts, and it’s a lot of fun. I may try more in the future!

Anyway, here are the first 10 “doodles” of the challenge:

The prompt is “Lobster”, but I can’t draw anything so complicated as a lobster, so I painted lobster buoys instead

More to come once I complete them all!


Adventures In Watercolor 7

These may be the last watercolors I’m going to post in a while. I really should start painting again – I can feel myself getting rusty – but these past few weeks have been so insanely busy that I didn’t have the time or feel the inclination to take my brushes and colors out.

Anyway, here are some landscapes I did a while ago. I’m still struggling with shadows and reflections, as you can see. (These are all copies of existing paintings).

Back in October-November, I had enough free time to take another watercolor class, with a focus on landscapes, and the results certainly look better than the ones I did on my own:

I guess I’ll just have to keep practicing, or take another class if I can!


Adventures In Watercolor 6

It’s been a while since I posted my watercolor paintings, and the truth is that it’s been a while since I painted too – it’s the end of the semester, so I’ve been too busy with work. Luckily, I still have some paintings that I haven’t posted, so here goes.

These paintings are a little special – the story is, before I moved home from LA, I bought a pad of watercolor paper from Michael’s with the intention of practicing on it. Flash forward 6 years, the pad has been forgotten in the back of my desk drawer until I started taking watercolor classes and finally remembered it. However, by this time, it has gone moldy and absorbed water too quickly, so the paint can’t spread like it should. Being the cheapskate that I am, I refused to give them up, so I looked up ways to salvage them. I didn’t find any straight answers, but I did find some instructions for making your own watercolor paper, in which you can use gelatin to “size” the paper (i.e. coat it to make it less absorbent). I decided to give it a try.

The result was… OK. I didn’t get my paper back to how it was, but at least I can paint with it now. It doesn’t take well to wet-on-wet, so I mostly use it for still life and food painting. It allows me to understand watercolor a bit more (I never knew about sizing paper before) and gives me a chance to practice different techniques, which is fun.


These are supposed to be eggs but I got impatient with shading each individual one…

 


Adventures In Watercolor 5

Here are some more paintings I’ve finished over the past few weeks. Most of them are copied from existing paintings, and a few are from photos.

These first two are from photos, while the ones below them are copies of existing paintings

I find it easier to copy a painting than to work from a photo, because with a painting, I can see the techniques used, while with a photo, I still have troubles figuring out how to achieve a certain look. And that’s why I’m taking another class, starting later this month. Hopefully it can help me to improve.


Adventures In Watercolor 4

As promised, here is my final piece from my watercolor class:

For our finals, we had to pick a photo (NOT a painting!) and reproduce it on 18 x 24 paper. Mine was based on this photo of the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland. As you may have noticed from my previous paintings, trees are kinda my specialty, so this seemed like a good choice. I’m pretty satisfied with the end result; I only wish it could look more transparent, more like a watercolor painting – here, I added so many layers that it looks more like a gouache/acrylic piece. I guess I just need to practice more…

And here are some more paintings that I’ve been working on since the class ended:

There is still a lot I need to learn though, so once my schedule slows down a bit, I’m going to see if there is another class I can take.