I was revisiting one of my favorite painting books, "More Joy of Watercolor" by David Millard last night. Each page is a visual feast, and the book is packed with information.
I'm exploring some of his wet-in-wet demonstrations and color combinations (sort of). Above are the first two washes in a bottle study. The first wash is ultramarine and raw umber, taking care to preserve the whites. The next wash was a combination, adding some light red with cerulean up top and letting it wash down, and then some cerulean, and a little sap green lower right. I'll keep you posted...
The Black Duck is one of two coffee shops on Monhegan Island. Both have their own personalities. Both are great places to hang out and draw, to meet a friend, or to accomplish my favorite Monhegan past time... just being present. These two women were hanging out one morning.
The September challenge for Girls Just Wanna Paint was "paint like a famous artist"... I've adapted that in my own head to "spend some time studying a famous artist and think about what you can learn". I admire Charles Reid's work. It looks so spontaneous, but is so intentional. Spontaneity and intentionality are not opposite ends of a spectrum, they are just tough to achieve simultaneously, for me. I concentrated on backlit heads, and wet into wet, lost edges. Long way to go, but I like this effort.
Thanks for looking.