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02-27-2015, 05:54 PM
I thought it'd be nice to make a long series of watercolor sketches, mostly landscapes, using only earths and graphite watercolors.
I'm using a Canson 3"x5" 50lb sketchbook, partly used already but I have more than one. It's not watercolor paper, but that's ok.
Some of these are made up, some are based on old paintings, and a few are just copies of old paintings. Here's what I already did the past few days.
4th one is a copy of Monet. 3rd is based on two paintings from Monet. The graphite is from Daniel Smith, the red ochre is pozzuoli red I made with pigment from Rublev.
02-27-2015, 10:15 PM
Beautiful work! I love the painterly quality you are getting by using just these tones.
02-28-2015, 03:21 PM
Wonderful work with a limited pallet.
02-28-2015, 09:09 PM
love the fox pictures. Really nice idea for a limited pallet journal.
03-01-2015, 12:02 AM
Thanks everyone. I was originally thinking just red ochre and graphite as I've done so far, but I switched to earth and graphite so there'd be more options like burnt sienna and yellow ochre. I want everything to have graphite watercolor (or water soluble graphite pencils) though, since I want to explore that a lot and also you can go full strength without being black. :)
03-01-2015, 05:35 PM
Again I used pozzuoli red (self made) and Daniel Smith graphite watercolors. The last one is a copy of a painting by Thomas Girtin and I used some sort of mars yellow on it. I numbered nearly all of my watercolor pans (50 total) and I keep a spreadsheet of what I put into each one, but a few don't have numbers and this is one of them.
My favorites are the 1st and 4th. I drew the first one while in a waiting room and I left a lot of the pencil lines. :)
03-01-2015, 10:33 PM
That first one is def. my favorite.
03-02-2015, 06:07 PM
Marvelous scenes. The first one is really intriguing.
03-03-2015, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I'm thinking about turning that one into a larger painting, after maybe doing multiple versions of it. At once point I had thought about adding some mountain goats, but by then it was just an afterthought. Might try a sketch version like that. :)
All three have pozzuoli red and graphite watercolors. The 1st has some mars yellow, and the 2nd and 3rd both have some zinc white mixed into the graphite in some places. The 1st is copied from Charles-François Daubigny and the 2nd is from David Cox. :)
These are the last three for this week. I'll thought I'd figure out some sort of weekly schedule for them.
03-04-2015, 10:30 AM
Love the mood that the limited palette can convey :)
03-04-2015, 12:47 PM
Wow, these are great!
03-04-2015, 02:21 PM
That last one speaks to me of mountain mists. :)
03-16-2015, 12:55 AM
These are from the past week, though they aren't all from the same sketchbook since I have two of these. The second one is actually on the back of a page I had torn out after testing colors on it. After days of low motivation and many distractions I painted on the back of a couple of torn out pages because there was nothing to lose, and that one I put back in. The last one is another copy from Monet.
This week will probably be lots of foxes, since I'm practicing them right now. :)
03-16-2015, 01:50 PM
Lovely. Foxes are good. :)
03-17-2015, 09:26 PM
These are great. I like the combination of the graphite and the earth colors.
04-28-2015, 02:25 AM
I really like the color you use here, there are are quite a few gems in there!!
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