Pony Express Tomatoes 5 x 6.5 Graphite & Watercolor on paper
Available for sale on Etsy.
I started this as a graphite drawing and a loose wash on the plane last week while flying back to Los Angeles, and this was as far as I got (I was working on a few other small pieces which I’ll post soon.) The photo is from a long time ago, in my favorite apartment ever; an old carriage house above what used to be horse stalls, built in the 20’s. Full of architectural charm and not enough electrical outlets, but perfect just the same. I had a sticky shutter on my old camera – a Minolta SRT101 – and I remember being really disappointed when I got the film developed that everything was over exposed and furry, but I kept the photos anyway, and figured there was enough information in the arrangements, shapes and light/shadow to work with. This is my first pass from the stack of photos, and I’m enjoying the mental workout of translating values, *and* adding color where there is no reference for it. Did the tomatoes reflect red on the ceramic pot? They must have, right? But there’s only variations of gray in the photo. It’s an Art-Myth-Buster, and I love problem solving through the painting process.
Since it’s officially summer, and this weekend in Los Angeles – one of the main freeways for commuters – the 405 – will be shut down (locals are calling it Carmageddon), and because you all leave such nice notes when I post art, I’m giving away some art supplies. Here’s what’s in the goody package:
The book is ever so slightly loved but in great shape. The product description for it reads: Watercolor Still Life is a practical guide to a wide range of watercolor techniques. More than 300 photographs guide the beginner through a series of exercises designed to teach all the essentials of watercolor still life painting. Revealing projects focus on professional still lifes, shown in the making so novices can follow the creative process step-by-step. Unique gallery pages display works of watercolor masters — paintings that will instruct and inspire every student of the medium. Packed with specially commissioned artworks,clear instruction, and easy-to-follow exercises.
And paint: 14 8ml Tubes of Winsor Newton (& 1 Grumbacher) Cotman series watercolors
The paints are almost new; a few dollops have been squeezed from a tube here and there, but there’s more than plenty of paint to fill a well on your palette and get cracking. Here are the colors: Cad Yellow, Viridian, Cerulean, Vermillion, Perm. Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Green, Alizerin Crimson, Mauve, Indian Red Hue & Chinese White.
So, here’s what you do if you’d like to win: leave a comment on this post before Thursday, July 21st at 10:00pm Pacific Time, and tell me the location of your dream painting destination. If you could take a week and go paint somewhere beautiful, where would you go?
That’s it… I’ll tally all the comments Thursday, pull a name from a hat, and send someone a sweet little watercolor still life kit. Note: If you don’t have a blogger account, please be sure to leave me your email address so I can notify the winner. And if you tweet this give away [here’s a twitter sized link to this post: http://bit.ly/nowlSB ], leave your twitter ID with your comment so I can follow you, and I’ll put your name in the hat twice to double your chances of winning. 🙂
In the winter of 1908, Alson Clark put on layers of clothing to paint plein air in Quebec Harbor. He kept warm, but his paints froze on his palette. While most artists would have packed up & returned home, Clark located a blacksmith who made a small iron box to hold a glowing piece of hot coal affixed to the underside of the palette. Thereafter, his paints stayed warm enough to continue working. ~J. Stern