I've been doing a lot of watercolor sketches lately in a small watercolor Moleskine that I picked up from Dick Blick. I'm really falling in love with watercolors. I love the way you can capture reflections with watercolor in a different way than oil painting. Oil painting allows a lot more manipulation of the paint; watercolor painting is more fragile and doesn't allow as much messing around. I think watercolors have a more poetic and transient feel to them, which I also am constantly trying to understand.
I'm very proud to share these photos of my most recent commission. I just finished it today and I couldn't be happier. I still have to sign it and varnish it before I give it to my patron. This was a work with a lot of ups and downs, but I learned a lot by pushing through the tribulations and finishing it.
I restarted this commission yesterday and worked on it more today. I just wasn't happy with how the first version looked so I decided to make a new canvas and restart. I'm so happy that I did that and I also set up a new very basic palette. It's a palette that I used when I was at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and I've decided to return to it with a few modifications. I'll list the palette below in case anyone's interested.
I'm also trying to focus less on technique and just enjoying the act of painting. That's also why I gave myself a basic palette, I just want to focus on the painting and not get bogged down with other techniques. I just want to paint with my own brush.
PAFA Basic Palette
Cadmium Red (medium)
Brown Red (any earth red is good, such as Venetian)
Green Gold (W+N, chromium oxide works also)
Remember, less is more.