Friday, August 29, 2014

Sketching With Watercolor Pencils

“Get the few main lines and see what lines they call out.”
Robert Henri

Lately I’ve been sketching with these water soluble pencil’s like a kid who discovered a new toy.

I like being able to work back and forth from a watercolor wash to putting some pencil lines back into the drawing once it dries sufficiently. All though once in a while I render a bit more than I think I should, working this way is helping me to work quicker, jotting down only what is important. Sometimes I rework the drawing a bit later on but what I actually start out with is a bit of a line drawing with some wash, the drawings of my Mother (on the left and below) I have a little more time to work on. The quote by Robert Henri above is a handy reminder of finding and starting with the  few important lines, getting down what is essential first. The watercolor pencils help me to put these things down quicker.

“The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.”
Robert Henri

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sketching With Water Soluble Pencils

Water brush
I had used water soluble pencils before, but after purchasing a video by Artist James Gurney called Watercolor In The Wild I started using them again.

I use them on the subway and when I visit my Mom. All I need is a couple of pencils and a Niji Water brush. Sometimes I use a small watercolor set. I have a Windsor and Newton Field Box With 12 half pan's. It's small but I want to try to find something even smaller especially for when I'm sketching in the subway.

Its been a while since I took my sketchbook outdoors. The park near my job has been closed for over two years while they work on what I can only guess are repairs of damages from the last big storm in the area. When time permits I will make some trips to City Island and then the Botanical Gardens, both in the Bronx.

Recently I took my oils and my new pochade box and went out to the parkway near my home with my son and painted some trees there. My son used a set of watercolors and painted alongside me. But that's a story for another post.

Bellow I included the link to James Gurney's website as well as the link to his post on his video and where you can purchase it.

Windsor and Newton Field Box

James Gurney's blog Gurney Journey

Blog post on Watercolor In The Wild Video

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paintings and Drawings for Sale On Etsy

I've been thinking about this for sometime and I finally got around to opening an Etsy account to sell my work.

Selling or promoting myself is not something I'm particularly good at so this is going to be learning experiance for me.

For thing is to keep prices fair and reasonable. I remember getting advice from an older artist, he said to do a bunch of small works so that people who can't afford to buy the larger ones can have something in their price range to purchase. I'm going to have a mixed range of sizes of course. Some of the work is sold matted and ready for framing.

Please have a look at my store front, the link is here ArtInABusyWorld

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Struggling and Growing

Day 1

“Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.”
Edgar Degas

There are times where all my faults seem to show up as I'm painting. It feels like I don't know what the heck I'm doing. That's about where I am with the things that I am currently working on- It's been a struggle.

"Paintings that you work hardest at are the ones you learn the most from, and are often your favorites." (Irwin Greenberg)

Day 2

I've started a number of paintings over the past couple of weeks and all have been a fight to resolve drawing and value and color, sometimes it seemed I knew little about any of those things.

The way I see it this struggle is frustrating, but good. I have to get past this sinking feeling of failure, hoping that as I strive to get past my shortcomings my work will be the better for it.

"Give yourself room to fail and fight like hell to achieve." (Irwin Greenberg)

Right now it's a bit deflating though.

Day 1. A start I have to get back to.

This struggle brings to mind a story Irwin (Greeny) Greeberg told his students (of which I was one). He said that when he was in school he noticed another kid making a drawing of a man and a donkey. He talked about how he was so impressed with the drawing, it seemed so perfectly executed, flawless. He was amazed by that students talent. A couple of years went by and Greeny struggled through art class' and matured in his work. He saw real personal growth as he tried his best to go beyond his ability. Later he saw that same kid again drawing the same man and donkey. He had never gone beyond what he knew.