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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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This is a Watercolor that I painted a few weeks ago. 
just a simple setting with a few objects that I found interesting.
I 'm always looking for contrast,Dark-tlight  and intesresting shadows.
there was a time during the process that I wasn't happy with it,that was after the firs;few light washes that I  applied for the background.
It didn't look right  and I didn't know what else to do and I wasn't even sure if I was going to be able to make it work. 
I probably wasn't even thinking about what the next step would be.  thinking that I was probably not going to be able to save it,I decided to add more darks and in a variety of  tones. I painted this on Arches,cold pressed (as usual) it measures 12" x 16" and it was finished on Jan. the 27th. '17    

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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This is a watercolor that I finished not long ago.
it is a non-complicated set up,an interesting bottle,a duck...that is apparently made of Brass and... a small glass bottle. all of these objects are part of my "Precious-treasures non-valuable" things that I usually buy at the thrift store,just to use them for paintings. 
I have not painted glass before and the small bottle doesn't look convincing...but that's all I could do.
it was painted on arches (Cold pressed) and it measures 12" x 16". it was finished on Feb. the 22nd. '17    

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This is a very small watercolor that I painted not long ago.
it is based on a photograph that I took at the Asian museum of Art, in SF.
The piece is very interesting,colorful;shinny...
I don't know why  it took me too long before I finally decided to paint it. it is very simple but I like it and it was a good exercise. 
it measures 4" 1/2 x 5" and was painted on Feb. the 11th. '17

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This is one of my latest paintings...
it all started because of a mistake and ugliness of something else I was doing in that piece of paper.
I was originally planning on doing some kind of abstraction,just some shapes and color.
When I first started to put paint to it,I immediately noticed that it was not going to work,it was the most horrendous thing I've ever seen!
well,that was a downer and I really didn't know what to do.
looked and looked at it until I decided to discard it...but...wait a minute! there's some white paper I can use!
as you can see,there are some pencil lines that are visible and two of the 3 vertical drops where already on the paper.
So, I decided to draw a simple bowl and I painted it...very simple;but I thought that it was probably a good idea to add something else...it was scrap paper anyway.
So,I looked on my files and found the photos of my little metal frog. I took those photos a while ago and never got to use them,so that was my addition to it and I liked it!
again,it is very simple,but from now on...I'll think twice before throwing or discarding a piece of paper that I  might be able to do something with.         
This is a 12" x10" painted on cold pressed (arches) and it was finished on Feb. the 10th. '17

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This is also one of my "old" watercolours...
it was painted last year but I didn't post it before for a number or reasons. first,I wasn't sure if I was going to leave it as is...or;if I wanted to keep working on the background!
as there's so much going on with the boards and the strong color of the pot,I decided to leave it alone. 
it is based on a photograph that I took in a small area where  the pots and garden tools are.
I just loved the strong Orangy-Pinky color of the small pot. I also liked the shape of the tall bucket  and was playing with the composition and the light. 
The Red "reflection" on the metal bucket might've been a little bit exaggerated but I kind of like it!
I had a hard time drawing the sketch but once the drawing was done,that's when the fun begun!
it is a 14" x20" painted on my favorite surface,Arches (cold pressed) and it was finished on Dec. '16       

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This is a watercolour that I painted last year. 
it was inspired by the severe drought that was affecting California. fortunately,this winter was stormy and rainy and it seems like the drought will not be affecting the state for a while.
I had the idea for a long time but I really wasn't sure how to approach the subject. as I'm not really a landscape painter and I wasn't sure where and how to start.
when I finally decided to start working on it,I used a small section of a photograph that was published in our local news paper as a reference for the landscape. It looks like a canyon but it's not really the way the originally picture looked. 
the faucet was always part of my idea and I knew it has to be included,I was trying to do something somehow surrealist and different. it was actually a lot easier than I thought and I'm very pleased with it...wanting to do something different I pasted the original 12" x 16"on to a bigger sheet of paper but...my crazy idea really didn't work...   so,I cropped it back to it's original size. it is a 12" x 16" painted on arches (cold pressed) and it was finished sometime on Nov.-Dec. '16

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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This is the most recent watercolour and it will be the last post of this chaotic 2016! 
I (unfortunately) didn't get to paint much but I did get to paint a few pieces that I'm happy with.
this is a set up with a few things that I bought at the antiques fair that comes to town the second Sunday of every month. 
I found the rusty vase and the small cooper  piece  very attractive and bought them for my collection of  things I could use for painting...
I'm very satisfied with this painting but I also have to admit that I wasn't careful enough planning   and that's why it ended up square!
I'm seriously considering this painting  for the up to 3 paintings that we are allowed to show in the SCWS this coming 2017.
it measures 15"x14"  it was painted on arches (cold pressed) and it was finished on Dec. the 12th '16