May 21, 2014

In My Quest

Struggles and grief, struggles and grief.  lol! In my search for fast , loose watercolor at least it's keeping me trying if nothing else is accomplished.. I do like this, but don't consider it loose the way I see
'loose'. Like the color palette, . The composition was taken straight from the photo and so the center of interest is saying, "ok follow me and jump right off the page HERE! lol!  Ok I'm learning with each one and that was the lesson for today.  I had a suggestion from an amazing landscape artist to try some timed painting.. set 30 min then stop... OMG! that is the hardest thing for me to do .. this little 8x10 took me twice that long and that's why I can see the piddling and poking mostly on the leaves. NOT necessary to define each vein...It's so strange that I  know that, but still insist on doing it .. not giving up though, and thanks Keith for the suggestion. 

14 comments:

  1. Love the greens--so fresh! And the little drooping bud is gorgeous.
    I agree timed paintings--10 or 20 minutes--can be a great experience. I have to try to stop myself sometimes too, and I find when I go back later, I realize it's done!

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  2. Me gusta mucho esta composición con flores esta espontanea y con una hermosa paleta de color, buena idea la de poner un tiempo para realizar el trabajo, buen resultado!

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  3. I think this is a very nice painting. The colors are clean and fresh. The timed exercises are a good thing to practice if you want to be loose, There used to be a 20 minute paintings blog that was fun to participate in but it petered out.

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  4. Hi BJ, if you are looking for a faster and looser method, I think you may need to work more wet-in-wet. From what I can see here, I think you are painting around objects and having to wait for areas to dry before you can continue.

    Have you seen Fabio Cembanelli's work? He paints in a fast and loose way, and has lots of demonstration videos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2YQ226C_e4

    If you are going to try this you will need to work with much stronger mixes, i.e. with less water in them, otherwise they will just run together too much.

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  5. Thanks Keith. Yes I started watching Fabrio years ago, on his blog . His work is fascinating,.
    But haven't seen his videos.
    And you have my tecnique down pretty much.
    I understand what your saying . Now to apply it !

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  6. BJ - this is so pretty my friend. I am not sure what you are searching for when you say loose (perhaps more spontaneous with softer edges) but love this look already.
    The color combinations are beautiful. Have fun and I hope you achieve what you want but if it were me I would not change a thing.

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  7. I love the method you are using, it is just beautiful!

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  8. Ms. BJ...that bit of orange draws your eyes right back to the painting so I think this is more than successful. And to me, this is beautifully loose!! Wonderful and oh so pretty!!

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  9. Hi Barbra. Love your painting. I find it interesting so many want to paint "loose". Myself included! It is an appealing style for sure and one that is so much fun when it happens. For me, i started out very tight with all hard edged paintings. Now they are somewhat loose but not crazy loose as some artists are able to do. I found using a larger brush helpful. When i use my #12 /#14 Kolinsky Sable for the whole painting nice things happen. Thanks for your visit to my blog Barbra. Always a delight to see you pop by. Happy painting! :)

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    1. Thank you Ross, your suggestion on using larger brushes is a good one.
      Your work has always been fantastic, and gets better all the time.

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  10. It's beautiful painting and is not tight at all! I go even further than 30 mins and try and do 10 min studies, no drawing. Get some interesting results :(

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    1. Polly , now that would be a stretch for me. !

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  11. This is beautiful, BJ and I like your color combination, that green, pink and red shades. Nice weekend.

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  12. BJ, it's beautiful. Love the color combination as well. I think you captured the looseness you desired, it's truly lovely.

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