Easy Fast Watercolor

Easy, Fast Watercolor

Pocket Sketching is the easy entry into watercolor.

But it’s not always good watercolor. This sketch is from the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA We stopped for three hours on the way back to  Tucson, and I dashed off to the Chinese Garden where I spent 45 minutes getting this overworked piece. Is it possible to simplify it as Sargent would have done? I don’t know, but I’m going to try. You’ll get the results in the next blog.

I strongly believe good work is done in 25 minutes, plus/minus 5. The result is fresh, not overworked, and there isn’t time to put in more than one focal point. I don’t like re-working sketches. It’s likely they come out worse, as you are no longer in front of the subject or mesmerized by it. The re-working is academic. The changes may be exciting…or not! However, if it’s not great now, what’s to lose? Tune in next week to see.

Other than that, HAPPY NEW

YEAR! Thanks for being in my life. If you’ve been to one of my workshops, thanks for working with me. However, not everyone can get to a workshop. So this year I want to start some interactive work with you online, using your work, or mine. Problem pieces. Before and after. Then I’ll want to know if this information is of use to you, so I’ll ask for your feedback. They won’t all be winners, but it’s about the process.

And, having a bit of ego myself, I’ll end with a favorite of mine (sort of saving face), which will make me feel better. This young lady with gorgeous hair was listening to the Tucson Jazz Insti

tute high school kids (Viscount Hotel here in Tucson every Wednesday evening 6:30 to 9:00.) The

sketch took less than 20 minutes and she was a moving subject. See what I mean about working fast to retain freshness? Compare overwork to getting the impression quickly.

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