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Daily Watercolor Painting – Loose Pear Study

Daily Watercolor - Loose Pear Study

Finished a 7 x 9 inches study of six pears in a group and wanted to try out the free and loose technique unique in watercolor painting.  Sketch was done of the six pears on a cold press watercolor paper and big brush was used to layer in the background and pear color.  It was done loosely and out of the sketch of the pears as you can see in the middle and lower part of the background.  Orange color shows mixed with the background although the out line of the pear was always keep in mind as the first initial wash was done.  Then after the first wash is dried to touch using a hair dryer, a second and third wash is applied and finally the pear take shape and the shadow and the stem was patinted quickly at various stages of dryness.  It was fun and I have to work quickly to be free and loose.  Next time I think I should have diluted the paint more with water and apply more layers until I get to the final stage.

Watercolor Paintng Daily – “Pear to Pear” Still Life

Watercolor Painting - Pear to pear 7x10 inches

This is the final finished painting or study of pointellism using cotton swab.   It teaches me the mixing of color visually when all the colors are placed side by side to each other.  Watercolor straight from the tube is used and is only diluted by water.  I found that using previouse hardened color on the palette is better for this techinque.  It gives me a better control of how much color to apply.  The hardened watercolor color is first got several spray mist of clean water from a small water spray bottle in order to soften it a bit.  Most of the color I use in this study is from Windsor and Newton Artist watercolour.   There is a wealth of information about watercolour pigments on their site.

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Watercolor Painting – Pear to pear – still life

Watercolor Painting - Pear to pear

Watercolor Painting - Pear to pear

Shadows was added onto the watercolor painting by using cotton swabs for a study of pointellism.  This is lots of fun and I use four different watercolor blues and I wish I have more different blues for this study.  Windsor and Newton artist watercolour was choosen and used becasue of it billiancy and consistency.

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Watercolor painting – Pear to pear

Pear to pear watercolor painting - 7 x 10 inches

Did a little bit of watercolor on the watercolor study trying to use watercolor straight from the tube and applying it with a cotton swab.  This is my way of study of pointellism in watercolor painting.  Overall it was not a difficult process but much time consuming.  The limit was the variety of watercolor paints I have at hand.  If anyone were to try pointellism, they should have a good selection of watercolor paint.

Watercolor on cold press paper – “Pear to pear” 7 x 10 inches

Peter Lau - Pear to pear - Watercclor on cold press watercolor paper 7 x 10 inches

Last night I tried my first watercolor pointellism.  It is done on a 7 x 10 inches cold press watercolor paper.  The color was painted on one dot at a time using the cotton swab.  I think the dried watercolor paint is best for this technique but I shall experiment further.  The dry watercolor paint in my palette is first sprayed with mist of water from a amall water bottle that creates fine mist.  Then a cotton swab is wet with clean watercor and paint is transfer onto the swab by touching the paint.  Pure pigment is being transferred to the paper one dot at a time keeping in mind the intensity and value of each dot of watercolor paint.  I think with this techinque of not mixing paints, a variety of watercolor paint is needed in different shades and color should be on hand for the application.

Three pears – Watercolor painting final revision.

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3 Pears Watercolor final revision

3 Pears Watercolor

I have made a final revision on the 3 pears watercolor painting I did a while ago.  The before and after picture is shown above.  I have put on layers and layers of watercolor paint onto the painting while masking out the background or the pear.  As done in the many other watercolor painting before, I have been using the watercolor spattering technique for this painting as well.  This creates a effect I cannot get from watercolor painting using a brush and it is quite interesting with tiny little dots of paint similar to air brush.  I found that I need to be not afraid of failure in making adjustment to my finished paintings.  I need to treat it as a learning exercise in watercolor painting and even though if might turn out worse than before and yet I need to do it with faith and try to learn something in the process.

I have also uploaded two pictures of me in the Artist Statement page of this web site.  One is taken in my studio in front of my table.   It  is my quite place for doing my watercolor.  Another photo is taken with me standing beside my pebble painting.

Old Bicycle Watercolor Painting – 15 x 20 inches

Old Bicycle Watercolor Painting (Final) - 12 x 20 inches

Finally finished the old bicycle watercolor painting.  The background bricks are painted as well as many little details on the bicycles.  The watercolr background seem to create the most problem for me when layers of watercolor is added to give the correct hue for the red brick.  Many watercolor techique is used including dry brush, toobrush flicker, sponge, color being flick on with loaded watercolor brush.  I am up to a point now that this painting can be called finished but I know later on there might or could be changes to it when I look at it again.  Please see the page on Painting Progress for a view of the whole process.

Watercolor Painting – Three Pears

Watercolor painting - Three pears 15 x 20 inches

Watercolor painting - Three pears 15 x 20 inches

This is a 15 x 20 inches watercolor painting of three pears that I have started yesterday.  It has been painted on Strathmore watercolor paper in a block.  I found that the paper seeems to yield a dull finish and the shiny fresh pigment seems to have dulled once the watercolor paint is dry.  I will try more of it and compare to the Arches paper that I usually use.  It is still 140 lb cold press paper and is comes in a block which you separate after you finished the painting.  You can buy this is any Art Supply Store and actually it is very handy because you don’t need to tape your paper down and it remains relative flat.  The only complain I have is that it is not usually the cut size of standard sheet of watercolor paper.    The watercolor painting for three pears was done using a wet in wet wash on the pear and each of the pear was done while the other one was in the drying process.  I will continue with the background and the texture of the pear in the next post.