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WATER COLOR SKETCH
posted: December 18, 2006
The model's name is Patrick. We actually went to the same high school, Fordham Prep. Go Figa. Not only is it rare for Fordham to produce an artist but even more rare and artist model. He's great....
I rarely use water color but I'd love to master it; make it my own. I was looking at the recent Esquire and admiring John Cuneo's recent painting. I love how lively and articulate it is. I've recently been looking at Sargent's water color paintings as well; mainly his people. And I must say, too, that Christian Slade, a fellow drawger blogger has sketch books full of beautiful water color studies. There is something about a well executed and fresh water color painting that is so intriguing. Somehow the simplest water color statement can be so fulfilling. So during the private class I teach I have been bustin out the water color set and letting flow. Here is a little sketch I did a few hours ago.
12 comments
Scott Bakal December 18, 2006
Very nice, Peter. I am afraid of watercolor so I give you kudos!
Donald Kilpatrick December 19, 2006
Beautiful, as usual.
Nancy-o December 19, 2006
Hey, Peter... you've really got something going here. This could translate the sculptural planes of your sketches into looser color. I like it. And I agree that watercolor is scary but this doesn't look like you were intimidated at all.
Christian Slade December 19, 2006
Wow, I've never seen my name so close to words like Cuneo, and Sargent. I am honered. Don't think I deserve it, but you definitley made my night! Thanks Peter! I like the portrait sketch you did quite a bit. Even got some nice random "splashes" in there! To put in 2 cents, for what its worth, I think working with watercolor deals with the exact same principles as working with any other medium. The only difference is having to think through the entire painting before you lay down that first blob. Unlike acrylics and oils that you can scrape out or paint over, watercolor demands you chart its course and see a few steps ahead or it will turn on you like a feral pet! Surface has a lot to do with it too. I find watercolor board to be more forgiving than just watercolor paper. And lastly, its a numbers game. The more of these things you do, the greater the chance you have at getting some gems. Like the lottery. That's how I always look at it. -John Singer Slade (HaHa! Hee Hee!)
Zina Saunders December 19, 2006
Lovely, Peter. It looks fresh and alive. I particualrly like teh way you handled the shadows going from his mouth down to his jaw. It all looks beautifully spontaneous.
J.D. King December 19, 2006
VERY nice! You gotta be good to handle watercolors like this!
Peter Hermann December 19, 2006
Super drawing Peter, as always. you made the face look very detailed with few well-placed marks.
Leo Espinosa December 19, 2006
I'm also afraid of them, Peter. Good luck and please keep posting more. I wanna see where you get!
Peter Cusack December 19, 2006
Hey Good Morning Drawger Bloggers. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a note. John Singer Slade you're well represented in my mental museum and hang along side the best of the best. I agree in that it's a numbers game and I guess that's true for most everything one's trying to learn or master. It's funny how each medium has its own little drama attached to it; its own personality, and its own dedicated followers. I always marvel at water colors unique quality of "serious-play". It's curious to me how the very serious, profound, and traditional oil painters like Sargent and Homer explored it so deliberately and with such joy. More to come. I need something to hold water when I travel. A thermos? tupper wear? Any ideas?
Robert Saunders December 19, 2006
Nice sketch, Peter. For watercolor, Sargent's your man! Ain't he amazing? I do watercolor but not in the traditional way, so I share your admiration for good w/c painters. Winslow Homer's another good guy at it.
Christian Slade December 19, 2006
Water container ideas- small plastic water bottle. I usually buy one at the airport on the first day of travel, and use that for my water transport filling it up multiple times a day for as long as it will last. By the end, its usually all banged up, paint and dirt on it. Then toss it unceremoniously away in the recycle bin. PEARL has those tiny metal clip-on cups for holding turpenoid in, I just use it for water. Also, empty Starbucks cup works great too.
PEter Cusack December 19, 2006
Christian your so hi-tech and you take such good care of all you supplies. Specially that nasty cigar pichad box. With the moist and nasty paper towel. Its like a petry dish. Thanks the water cup ideas. I actually have the metal up with the lid. Nice!
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