Well, contrary to my plans for painting outdoors this weekend, high winds and thunderstorms threw a bit of a stumbling block to painting outside! So I stayed safely tucked indoors and worked on some watercolors using books and photographs I keep handy for such occasions. This is one I am particularly pleased with -- I found him in one of my books on Scotland. Bit of a skeptic, wouldn't you say?
watercolor on vellum bristol paper
9" x 12"
I have been painting watercolors on vellum bristol paper, experimenting with the "viscosity" factor. The vellum allows the paint to float more, leaving an open-ended type of finish. At times it can be aggravating, but I'm learning to watch and wait, not to be so quick with the paper towels, to let the paints creep and crawl around a bit more then usual. Next I want to try working with watercolor paper that's been coated with gesso or pumice gel -- I'm curious about how those surfaces will affect the paints.
As Rosanna Dana of SNL used to say, It's always something . . . !