Watercolor: Queensboro (& ‘Old Skool’ Art Inventory System)

Queensboro 18 x 14 Watercolor on Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper sold
Process shots are below. The study I did yesterday was a great warm up for all the linear elements, and the color on this one. The photo came from my friend VLB. Her photography is so perfect for painting, I’ve assembled a three ring binder devoted to her images exclusively. (And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; yesterday’s reference photo was sent by her daughter.)

Laying in a color base – to remind myself once I get into the zone of painting – where I want certain hues to go.

I spent a good amount of time laying in the drawing and measuring against the photo to get the perspective right. I think it’s worth the time to get the bones drawn under your painting before you start on something with so much detail. You can always edit out later with brushes & pigment.

This is my old fashioned art inventory system. I use a digital inventory system on my computer too… every piece of art is documented, with all the particulars: pricing, dimensions, exhibits, etc. But, as a visual person, I need to see which art is going to which show – on one page. When shows are stacked close together (Spring & Fall) on the calendar, I can whip myself to a froth by wondering if I have enough inventory, and which art is going where. This solves the problem for me.

The base is an old cork board painted with leftover laytex paint. The grid is gift ribbon pinned in place with push pins (which makes moving things around easy-peasey), and each square is labeled with an exhibit venue. I use iPhoto to keep a digital record of each piece of art, which allows you to print a contact sheet of selected images. With a paper cutter, the contact sheet becomes a little mound of art thumbnails. A piece of tape holds each painting in it’s corresponding show, subject to change if I want to move art that works better together, or when things sell. I still use the digital inventory, but I haven’t found anything that lets me click and drag art into upcoming shows, at a glance, all at once, so this works, even though it’s old skool. ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you use?

Art Quote
I met this last week a young Mr. Sargent about eighteen years old and one of the most talented fellows I have ever come across; his drawings are like old masters, and his color is equally fine. He was born abroad and has not yet seen his country. He speaks as well in French, German, Italian as he does in English, has a fine ear for music, etc. Such men wake one up, and as his principles are equal to his talents, I hope to have his friendship. ~J. Alden Weir 1874

7 Responses to Watercolor: Queensboro (& ‘Old Skool’ Art Inventory System)

  1. Sue Rawlinson 05/16/2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Love it!

  2. Dreama Tolle Perry 06/22/2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Belinda–Love this old skool idea! It’s always a reminder that simple tools work best because we actually USE them!! All the hi-tech things sometimes are too involved to follow through on every single time. It is good ole KISS at work again. And it’s pretty besides!

  3. Rรณmulo Vela (Mole) 04/18/2011 at 9:24 pm #

    A Edward Hopper watercolor, :0)

  4. Katherine Thomas 04/16/2011 at 3:27 am #

    I enjoyed your post and your artwork this morning. You’ve inspired me to get painting today! Wonderful work!

  5. Laurel Daniel 04/16/2011 at 3:16 am #

    I love these cityscapes – and it’s always fun to see your process. And I really love seeing your very kool, old skool inventory system. The mind just can’t hold it all and having little mini images to move around appeals to my visual senses. Belinda Del Pesco Cork Boards will be popping up in studios everywhere!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Margo 04/15/2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I enjoy your blog updates, your wip photos and your quotes. An all around enjoyable read.

  7. Barbara M. 04/15/2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi Belinda,

    Beautiful painting and I like your system. I am so non-techie that I didn’t know iPhoto could print a contact sheet. Great idea.

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