I just finished up making my holiday cards for this year and I want to talk about using a material I haven't tried before. The material is wax resist sticks made by Grumbacher. I have wondered about wax resist for a while because I know Sargent used it, but I am just trying it for the first time today! I have to say that I loved it and I'll be using it for my future watercolors. The best part is that you can use them while the watercolor is still wet to create highlights. Since I was painting snow scenes for my holiday cards, this came in extremely handy.
Sharing some images from the INCREDIBLE Morgan Library Sargent exhibition which is on display until January 2020. If you can get over to NYC to see it, then I really encourage you to. The portraits were outstanding. In person, the charcoals are softer and somewhat more diffused than they appear in photos. I really learned a lot from observing them today. Awesome day.
All I can say is WOW with the craftsmanship and quality of these handmade books by Rich Troncone. Man, I love this guy is all I can say. I wanted a book that I could use as a journal and write in it with my fountain pen. I've used Moleskines in the past, but the problem is that my fountain pen bleeds through the pages of a moleskine so I reached out to my friend Rich and he created these masterpieces for me. Check out his website: http://www.richtroncone.com
Much love to Rich Troncone, glad to call him a friend.
I got to try out my Jullian en plein air umbrella today with all this beautiful sunlight. I used the umbrella with my Mabef field easel and it worked beautifully. It really made it easier to gauge my colors on my palette and on the painting. What I really like about it is that it's white so it doesn't completely block out the sun. It's also not too small nor too large. If you're a plein air painter, then I highly recommend that you pick one up.
I look forward to using it a lot more as our flowers grow and I paint all summer long.