View Full Version : Lettn' Y'all in on my Watercolor secrets...

10-23-2000, 12:49 AM
Well...I spent an afternoon and evening scanning in and uploading my watercolor studies of landscapes to my artistnation web site.

Those familiar with my work know I do a good many oil plein airs, acrylic wildlife pieces, sporting portraits etc; I guess...I have not thought of myself as a watercolorist per se, though I have made a habit of doing them as studies and for fun. However...I decided to put them up so I'd have something available to the public that might be considered affordable! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

I invite you to take a brief look. Go to my artist web site, click onto the "Gallery" link, and enter the "Watercolor Scenics" exhibit. Thanks!

10-23-2000, 12:52 AM
Will take a look. Larry can you come in chat right now and we'll talk watercolors?? Several are asking for you, sandy

10-23-2000, 05:06 AM
No offence intended Larry, but where are the secrets?

10-23-2000, 07:56 AM
You don't have to tell me twice! I've been wanting one of your pieces for a long time. The display is lovely. I ran over and got first pick...



10-23-2000, 08:19 AM
No offense taken...hahahaha...

just that I have had these sittn' around, and no one really knew I did them, ...um, er watercolors that is. Studies are traditionally for that purpose....to enlightened the artist's eyes to possibilities, but then usually remain obscure. Peace.....


10-23-2000, 08:37 AM
Hi Larry.. been a long time since I "chatted " with you. I took the tour and really like those "studies" as you call em. It was no secret to me, you had talked about this some time ago. They are truly lovely.. loose, free and colorful. If they would normally become "obscure" - (as you say) - maybe I should go re-do my whole gallery LOL... mercy! Miss talking with you old friend... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol


10-23-2000, 11:45 AM
The secret is that he paints in watercolor..Dennis!

Am looking at the site now...carly

10-23-2000, 11:53 AM
Larry, these are wonderful...I love the simplicity that you achieve with just a few brushstrokes but you capture the complexity of the scene perfectly!

I am going to have to try and work on some smaller sizes so I can complete a scene while painting on location. I like the way you use the watercolor for the study...do you utilize them in the studio for larger works in oil?

10-23-2000, 01:15 PM
Well ok, no secrets. I had to try though. There must be some out there somewhere. These paintings are lovely. I wish I could do "studies" half as good. I'm sure you are all sold out already. Dennis

10-23-2000, 05:07 PM
Me sell out??? No way!! You can expect me to try and put my best effort into each thing I do!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif



10-23-2000, 05:07 PM
geez Larry,
Where have you been hiding these? I'm impressed!

http://www.artdebut.com/arlene0.htm (http://www.artdebut.com/arlene.htm)

10-24-2000, 09:42 AM
Simply beautiful Larry!!! Loved all your watercolors!!!

Keep paintin!!


10-24-2000, 11:53 PM
I suppose the secret is to abandon the 'studies' and do some serious art, like oils and acrylics. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

10-26-2000, 02:28 AM
Gee Larry, I was looking for secrets too like Dennis. Many posters have been using this forum for learning. Please join us. You could add a lot to this forum as you certainly can paint watercolors.

10-26-2000, 02:22 PM
Traditionally...watercolors were first used to color sepia drawings. The sepia ink came from taking ashes off old fired logs, adding water and boiling it out to leave a stained color.

Then...the watercolors were used to enhance the drawings.

My watercolors are more simplistic because I do not think of using them as a painting medium...but as another drawing tool. The strokes are bold marks I suppose that come from experience and confidence. Watercolor as you all know is very unforgiving; it perhaps helped that I was not thinking of them being seen by others...and as such did not fear the spontaneity of the immediate effect I was striving for. I wanted thenm to give me instant feedback for scenes I was considering later for oils or acrylics.

I didn't bother stretching the paper, using watercolor tape. No wetting of paper...etc;

In fact...my technique is very uneventful if you watched me do them. I do like how they turn out inspite of myself. Perhaps if they have a charm to them...it is the simplicity of the direct statement.

I have done some of these in public places balancing a watercolor pad book over my lap, using my small Cotman field kit. In fact, one I did sitting in a health clinic sitting room while my wife was seeing her doctor. People walked around picking up their "People" magazines to flip thru giving me the oddest look!

I do take one precautionary step in that I use a bit of the masking fluid for water sparkles, foam...bits of sky poking thru foilage to suggest tree shapes, etc;