Sunday, January 1, 2012
Watercolor Sketch of a Friends House in Berkeley, CA.
A Friend's House in Berkeley, CA.
Not for sale.
I thought I would begin the new year with letting you see some of my working habits.
This is a typical example of my watercolor sketches. For years I have kept up a practice of taking small watercolor books with me where ever I go to record my visual impressions. They have turned out to be neat diaries as well when I read back the accompanying personal notes. My husband treasures these more than any of my larger works.
Here are a few of them and you can see on the left, my trusty, at least 30 year old Windsor Newton travelling watercolor box. It folds up into a compact five by two and a half inches and just over an inch deep. I place new paint into each pan when they run out. Fabulous little thing which I highly recommend.
If you look carefully, two well known spots are in there. The Taj Mahal and the waterfall from Artists Point in Yellowstone.
My favorite book to use is the Multi-Drawing Book by Holbein. Size is approximately 6"x7 1/2". The paper does not buckle with watercolor and it has a little ribbon to close the book tightly when finished.
I carry them in a small camera case with a travel protected paintbrush.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.