As you know I am in the process of trying to figure out what kind of water colors I want to make. The first one I did I wet the whole paper, made a loose water color of the scene and then after it was dry put a pen and ink drawing over it.
Next day I went outside and decided to start off with the pen and ink sketch. I had a new selection of calligraphic pens that I was eager to try. I sketched in the drawing with the pens and then using a rather larger brush then I wanted to (because that was what I had) I began to fill in the colors. The pens, which I had selected because they were supposed to be water proof, were not, so all the water colors turned a bit dark and the lines fuzzy. After the paint was dry I went in again and did some more pen and ink. This is a scene by my pool. The whole thing has gotten so fussy I'm not sure that is even visible.
BY THE POOL
Things had gotten out of hand so I decided to simply play with the colors and pens at this point. This was a lot of fun.
water color on Arches cold press
9" x 12"
Next day I hunted around my studio until I found a small water color brush, made a sketch and painted very carefully these 4 tulips that I have been longing to paint since early spring. Nothing loose about this and no pen and ink. Today I will try another version of this scene. I have to admit this was also a lot of fun. So where I am heading I do not know.
water color on arches cold press
8.5" x 11"