Value studies and loose watercolors

I’ve committed myself to really focus on the watercolors. I’ve always enjoyed watercolors, both painting them and looking at them. For years I have worked with watercolors, not really giving them a whole lot of thought, I’ve always just used them as an accent to the pen drawings. I think I just became comfortable, and maybe lazy, with that combination. But going forward the pens will be used for quick sketches and writing.

To gain better control of the watercolors I am going back to basics. Lots of value studies and quick sketches. The value studies may never develop into a watercolor, but they will help me to see the world around me. I want to set a goal of four pencil sketches a day, but as the garden season quickly approaches that may not be so easy to obtain. But, the garden could also give me plenty sketching opportunities and inspiration.green vase 041218junction box 041518

I still find I need to keep the pens out of sight so I’m not tempted to grab them and detail the watercolors. I’m also learning that I need to step away from the pieces a little sooner so I don’t overwork them. I’m really happy with the vase, but I started getting lost in the junction box and things got a little overworked. I think I was able to put the brush down before it got too heavy. I knew the junction box would be a challenge, but I’m so happy I gave it a swing.

That’s all for today, thanks for taking the time to visit my site…Erik

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6 thoughts on “Value studies and loose watercolors

    1. Thanks, your kind words are always appreciated! For some reason the mechanical bits of houses and buildings have always fascinated me, I think I need to spend more time capturing them.

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