A few updates on the website. Nothing major, except moving things around and adding this blog page where I'll have updates on what I'm doing, seeing, or even things unrelated to art like prosciutto, cheese, and bread.
A page from my moleskine. It's a friend's birthday today. Decided to a head study of him. Sup Greg, happy birthday. The photo reference I used is his profile FB pic with Grumpy Cat. I'm not exactly sure what that is. An internet celebrity or something? Not sure, but Greg works at Reddit, and Reddit is some internet platform where people do stuff, hell I don't know what the hell it is.
Catching the last light of today with a couple of plein air's from the navy base. After a long break from plein air, I'm slowly getting back into it. Unfortunately, I don't think that I'll be participating in Frank Bette's paint out this year. I forgot to sign up before the deadline. Maybe I can sweet talk my way in the roster. If not, no biggie, I'll paint along with them during the week. I do want to win some prizes though.
I like these long and thin formats that I've been painting on. They're usually the scraps from when I cut the paper into standard sizes. For a while, I've been real resourceful with my materials. Using the back of failed paintings/drawings, priming the top to work on something blank, or even cutting scraps to make business cards out of them. As we all know, the art supply industrial complex really has a hold on us!
For the vertical piece, I was facing the sun, so I had a chiaroscuro result. I wasn't wearing the right hat, nor had any shades to protect my sight and I think that compromised my drawing. I made the length of the pole too long, but I feel good about everything else. With all watercolors, I work from light to dark, background to foreground, tea to butter. Maybe I'll do a process post if I don't forget to take pictures.
As I was packing up and getting ready to leave, I looked over and decided to paint this second scene. I keep forgetting the names of these ships even though I've painted them multiple times. The drawing is a bit off, but hey I'm just having fun. These things are more sketches/recordings/documents (whatever you want to call them) than actual pristine pieces.
On a side note, I'll definitely be coming back to these locations to do more. It's a fun place to paint.