Watercolor: Summer Sunday

Summer Sunday 6 x 7.5 Watercolor on BFK Rives paperSoldPainted today from a photo taken on a breezy summer afternoon in the back yard. DC was reading a magazine and dozed off (though he’d deny this), so I grabbed the camera and started plotting a watercolor themed after reading and napping; two of my favorite subjects. (And apparently – his favorite subjects too.) Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Central California High Noon

Central California High Noon 15 x 11.5 Watercolor on Arches Hot Press Available for sale here.This was painted during the San Diego Artwalk in April (in process on my easel below), based on a photo my step dad TC sent me of an abandoned farm in Cayucos, CA. I’ve listed it on Ebay and will be posting more work there, and in my Etsy shop, each day this week, so check back to see what’s available. Painting & talking all weekend in San Diego. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Tender Garden

Tender Garden 6 x 5.3 Watercolor on BFK RivesPainted on the plane while flying west – after an incredible visit with family; mostly between 70-94 years old. There were some peer-age cousins in there too, but the focus was on those born in the first third of the last century. It was a nostalgic and poignant trip. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Copper Mine

Copper Mine (near Ajo, AZ) 9.5 x 7.5 Watercolor on Aquabee paperSoldThis copper mine is in southern Arizona near the Mexican border, and my traveling buddies were kind enough to pull over and let me take photos to use as painting reference. The geometry & colors of the storage barrels and metal feeders made me want to try something industrial. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Monotype: Indian House Mountain, AK

Indian House Mountain, AK 8.5 x 6 Caran D’Ache Monotype & Watercolor Available for sale here.Sold Using the same piece of mylar as yesterday’s post, this was a fast and loose sketch of Indian House Mountain, from a reference photo taken as we drove along Seward Highway near Anchorage last June. You can see in the image below that the pressure on the press was too light, and I got a very faint print, but that’s okay, because there are plenty of art supplies in the studio, waiting for experiments after the print & paper dry. Pulling the print after a trip through …[Continue reading]



Watercolor: Entry Window

Entry Window 12 x 6 Watercolor on Strathmore Aquarius II paperSoldPainted from a reference photo that I’ve been painting and sketching from for almost 10 years. There’s something about windows & sills that I’ve always loved. Work in process on the easel Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Tin Horse with Lilies

Tin Horse with Lilies 7.5 x 10.5 Watercolor on Bristol paperSold The sunlight at dawn sprays the best shadows in our house. This vase of lilies had just opened, and the star shaped white against all the abstract shadows in dark hues was too good to pass by. The little horse is wooden underneath, and covered with hammered tin and nails – just enough armor to challenge the sunrise. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier 14.5 x 16.5 WatercolorSold Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Monotype: San Juan Capistrano Bell

A glitch in my blog subscription was repaired this morning. Subscribers have missed the last 10-12 posts. (Darnitt.)If you want to scroll through them on one page, go here. This is a 4 x 6 zinc plate, rolled with Daniel Smith oil based black etching ink. In these shots, I’m wiping, scraping, smearing & pulling ink off the plate, based on a photo of the San Juan Capistrano Mission.This is the plate I referenced in yesterday’s post about trace monotypes. And below is the resulting monotype. I haven’t added color yet, but I’ll post it when I do. San Juan Capistrano Bell, 4 …[Continue reading]



Trace Monotype & Watercolor: Capistrano Mission Bell

This is a trace monotype of the San Juan Capistrano bell tower, from a photo taken inside the mission courtyard. (The dark field monotype I pulled when I made this one will be posted later in the week, after the ink dries.)The ink lines are about the same value as graphite, but they have a dotted quality to them from the tooth in the printmaking paper (Arches Cover), and I like the way they look around and underneath the watercolor pigments.Capistrano Mission Bell, 4.5 x 6.5 Monotype & Watercolor Available for sale here.(Sold) Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Engine 19

Engine 19, 16 x 20 Watercolor on paperIllustration Friday topic: HELP Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Trace Monotype & Watercolor: All in Green

After inking the plate to make a monotype, I lay a thin sheet of paper on top of the wet ink, and draw the beginnings of my image on the paper. The pencil-to-paper texture is familiar to me, and the pressure of drawing collects a line of ink on the back of the paper as my pencil bears down on the cover sheet. The image below is the result when the paper is peeled away. When I peel the paper sketch off the plate, the faint line work that stayed on the back of the sheet is a map in the ink (above) …[Continue reading]



Collagraph & Watercolor: Morocco

Morocco, 4.7 x 6.8 Collograph & WatercolorAvailable on Ebay.Using kid-grade construction paper, matboard & gloss medium varnish to build the plate.After coating the plate with a thin layer of oil based etching ink (Daniel Smith), I’ve wiped most of the ink off with tarlatan cloth. Master printmaker Jim Lorigan shared this tip: after wiping the plate with the tarlatan, wrap the cloth with one sheet of thin newsprint or a phone book page to create a baren. It works great for buffing textures on the flat planes of the plate.Pulling the first print off the plate after going through the press.The print next …[Continue reading]

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