Mar 9, 2008

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Artist Watercolor Set

I couple of days ago I was fortunate enough to come across and purchase 32 5ml Winsor & Newton – Artist Watercolors tubes. Every book I have come across that teaches the medium suggests using the artist grade as opposed to the student grade.

I have followed various tutorials out there and have noticed that my mixes do not look the same, It occurred to me that it may be due to them using artist grade and me using student grade watercolors (I also need to learn more).

Below is a picture of the set (minus three that I gave to my wife).

artists watercolor

I can’t wait to start using them.

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Mar 7, 2008

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Another Watercolor

I have been learning how to add some color to my sketches on the go. Using the portable kit I purchased a while ago.

 Below is the latest development.

courthouse square in color

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Feb 19, 2008

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Art Materials

It has been about eight months since I started sketching more regularly. When I was a little kid I used to draw a lot, I think all kids do, then at some point the activity decreased. I do recall drawing on the corners of books and making little animations, although I do not recall exactly when. I will leave the story of how I got started for another post.

I wanted to share with you the materials I have collected so far these past months, some of them are recent acquisitions.

Art Materials

When I was starting I liked to see what materials others were using, (still do) as a matter of fact some of the items you see here are what other artists use. I will go more in depth in future posts about each of the items.

Right now I am concentrating on pencil sketches/drawings, and watercolor, I will also try out charcoal, we shall see how that goes.

In the mean time if you know of any other cool additions please let me know.

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Feb 13, 2008

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Sunny San Francisco

It sure was nice to be in San Francisco on Tuesday, it was a very nice and sunny day.

Took a quick trip to the Coit tower, and decided to take the time to practice some more artmaking.

Below is a watercolor of the coit tower.

Coit Tower Watercolor

I also started this sketch, but stopped after a while… too many buildings and not enough time.

SF View - Coit Tower

There is a restaurant on the corner of Union and Grant called Cafe DeStijl, I have gone past it but never eaten there (It appears the location is under new ownership). I typically just get water/soda, today however I decided to try their smoked salmon with avocado sandwich.. it was excellent!!! Below is a cellphone picture of the half-eaten sandwich, figured better take a picture before its completely eaten.

Smoked Salmon with Avocado

For those that are wondering, here are the ingredients: smoked salmon, avocado, sprouts, tomatoes and capers on foccacia, served with green beans and carrots.

All in all, it was a productive day all around.

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Feb 8, 2008

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Watercolor trials

I would like to share the following watercolor with you. Like many of you, I hesitated at the thought of sharing my beginner attempts, however since this site’s purpose is to chronicle creative discovery here it is.

The ocean color is too purple, at first I thought hmm its not dark enough, and a couple of seconds later after I applied more color, I realized it was too dark and no way to fix it, purple it is, but I proceeded with the painting, simply because with watercolor there is so much to learn, plus its more training to get past the fear of not getting it right 🙂

Which reminds me, if you have not had the chance to listen to Sir Ken Robinson TED talk, I suggest you do so… he mentions so many things that can quite literary change one’s perception of art and creativity. Related to this post is the mention of children not being afraid of making mistakes, unlike the rest of us that as we get older may have accumulated a few fears.

Therefore, below I share my second water color landscape/purple seascape, in the hopes that those of you that have gotten past this stage may have some tips, and those of you that have yet to get here can see that it is OK to not always get it right, and most important that sharing our trials is good for the community in general, as it gives courage to those just beginning.

2nd Watercolor Landscape

This and the other were painted on a watercolor moleskin, with Niji water-brushes.

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