“Had a Ball #1” a WIP of a really cool watercolor project.


Ok, so I HAD to get my mind off of skin tones and faces and go a totally different direction with my watercolors today. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my portrait painting. It is a constant battle… a challenge that I am pretty much always up for, even though it makes me grab for a glass of vino sometimes ;-). Hey, it helps with the creativity, right? Ok, moving on… I recently bought oh, about 5 or so ball jars from my local antique mall. Janet, who is the owner, fantastic lady and married to one of the best pencil artists I know, gave me a great deal on them. I WILL be back to get more. And no, I am not a hoarder. So. Don’t think that. Anyway, I excitedly brought them home and started shooting photos of them. I have been wanting to paint ball jars for a long time because they are pretty, because they are CHALLENGING as hell and because they are my absolute favorite color.  Of the photos I shot, I chose a few, so I will be doing a series of them. I decided to do a WIP of this particular painting. Since it is a 5 x 7″, it fits nicely in my scanner so I can do just that… step by steps… I don’t consider myself a master by ANY means, but some folks like to see my process. I strictly and ONLY use Ampersand Aquabord as my painting surface for zillions of reasons and equally, I strictly and ONLY use Daniel Smith watercolors as my paint of choice because of its absolute excellent pigment quality. Here are the colors I used:

Ultramarine Turquoise, Phthalo Turquoise, burnt umber, (mixing my own black, using Aliz. Crimson, BS and Pthalo Blue)

Ok, on to the photos.I hope you enjoy this work in progress sample :-).

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