A BRUSH WITH THE HEART
10 x 22
This is sort of a cartoon. When I was little I loved drawing cartoon characters. Now Doctor Rocket is a little more serious when he runs into a racoon, but I just wanted to paint a happy picture. It has been a long time since I've done a cartoon character. Might have to do Bugs Bunny! He was fun!
RIding Thru the Daisies
22 x 30
A Scene from the American Frontier Production Shoot. The daisies were all over. Add the cowboys on horses and the scene gets even better. Still got a lot to learn about Water Color, but I'm having fun.
14 x 22
This is a painting of Mark Childress coming out of the draw. Loved how the light played on him & the horse.
A group of cowboys were running their horses thru a small creek bed, just happened to capture this shot of Mark Childress with my cell phone. Who needs an expensive camera. LOL
I think I'm learning how to paint Horses and people with WaterColor.
It has been a lengthy process, but
Hiding from the Heat
22 x 30
This was my first attempt at a full sheet. I was skeptical, but I think it turned out. This was a photo I took a couple of summers ago when I caught the cattle hiding out from heat under some shade trees. I do enjoy watching the cattle graze. I think I need to fix a few things, but this gives you an idea of how I'm learning. I love it. Water Color is quite differen
Flowers Among the Thorns
11 x 15
A couple years ago the locust trees were in full bloom. A year when everything bloomed. We have a group of these awful trees full of thorns, but in the spring they are so beautiful and smell so sweet. The smell is indescribable. I took a 4 wheeler run around the pasture and found these trees shedding their blossoms. Quite a pleasant site with a wonderful aroma.
16 x 22
This is in our pasture. When it is really wet, springs sometimes feed this area. It is one of the crossings to get to the south side of our property. It is beautiful traveling to the bottom of the canyon. Gets so cool down there. We do have springs on our pasture land. They are fun to roam around. One does have a few snakes, but they are nice snakes.
I am just starting to learn about water color. It has been quite a challenge. Started late November 2020. I never had a lesson on this, but I am very lucky that my college art instructor is still helping me learn as much as I can. It is tough though. We converse through Messinger. I send photos, which aren't very good most of the time. LOL
I feel sorry for him . I think I'm abusing him. It is fun though. I like a challenge.
Thank heavens he clued me in about mixing colors. The colors & mixes are so different from oil paint.
Now the paper quality.... Ha! He said that 140 lb. cold press was what he liked. Now I understand why. I am so thankful he shared that with me. I had an art store in the area that I loved shopping at. Well Covid led to it's closing. So sad! I bought a couple water color pads. Different sizes, Different brands.
Both 140 lb. cold press. Both Rag or Cotton. Well one I struggled with. Thought it was me. Well it probably was, but I noticed that it started coming apart somewhat. Just bits and pieces when I tried to do a wet wash. It was in the beginning of the learning process so I didn't understand all of this. Then I happened to recall that the smaller pad did not do this. Walla!! I started using a better paper. I think anyway. Now I am having fun again.
So if anyone is wanting to try watercolor.... it is possible to learn through books. That is what I did. But I was luckier, I could ask my instructor questions. This sure speeded up the learning. My instructor told me that he learned through this book also. He sure is smarter than me and a lot more patient. He is so good with watercolor. I did try searching on the web a bit, but what I found was not very good. So I do recommend a good book.
Check out Don Dernovich's Website: Dernovich.com
He has a few watercolor paintings on his site. He lost his old site & is still trying to locate all his old photos so the site can be completed. He just completed a couple new paintings. He is a master landscape painter. He is a member of many other art organizations including OPA, NWS. & the AWS.
I just wish I could watch him paint and learn.
Oh well.... if wishes were horses........... as the old saying goes.
Hope you enjoy taking a peak.
In the captions by the photos , I will try to explain what I am learning. I'm hoping it might help someone else.