Balance

dappledtree_penandinkI feel like in my perusal of pen and ink, I’ve been neglecting my watercolor set, even though I’ve been using it everyday. I think I put it in the back seat when it should have been riding shotgun. That said, I really adore the way the watercolor effects came out in this first image – I can’t take credit for doing them on purpose – they just blended beautifully, and I had the good sense to leave them alone. They strike the subtle balance between looking like the subject and reflecting the medium. Pen and ink captures the details, but watercolor captures the mood – a little like logic versus emotion. I’d like to try this out with other subjects soon – maybe a trip to the zoo is in order for some creature watching.
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6 thoughts on “Balance

  1. This is so gorgeous! Love them both! Were these just quick sketches, or did they take quite some time to do? I’d love to be able to go out with a travel palette and do beautiful work like this. Well done!

    1. The first one is about a 45 minute sketch, the second was much quicker – probably 15 minutes, as the light was fading. And I highly recommend it! It’s exciting to be able to whip out a watercolor set and catch a scene while it’s right there in front of you πŸ™‚

      1. It would be….if I had your skills. πŸ™‚ But thanks for your reply. I love following artists who are better than me, because you all inspire me and I learn from you. I will def. try this in the spring. Do you ink first and wc later? Or do you do the whole thing in plein air?

      2. Ah, well, the more you practice, the better you’ll be! And observational drawing is about the best practice you can get. I do the inking first, then add the watercolor over it – both of them while I’m in front of the subject.

    1. On a dry day in winter, I just sit on the ground – I find it more comfortable because I can have all my supplies in easy reach. But once the bugs start coming back in the spring, I’d switch to a folding stool – otherwise they’ll just crawl right over you πŸ˜‰

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