You ain't gonna believe this . . . last summer one of my workshop students gave me a funky old pad of Grumbacher watercolor paper. I'm talking old, like from the mid 70's. So I decided to paint a portrait of my pard on it, and dang if it don't look sweeter than grapes on the vine! I got about 12 more sheets left, and am fixin to seek out some more of these here pads on Ebay.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Two days before Christmas, this freshman college student came to my studio, and I gave her a four hour class in the fundamentals of watercolor portraiture painting. Her mother had contacted me in November to pay and reserve the date as a surprise Christmas present when her daughter came back to Sacramento on her Christmas break. How cool is that mom! This is a clip I took out of the larger one where she explains how her mom surprised her on the very morning of the private lesson.
Friday, December 26, 2014
My wife requested (tongue in cheek) a John Singer Sargent painting for Christmas. She is a master knitter and has two knitting-related Lobenberg watercolor paintings hanging in her knitting nook at our shared studio in Sacramento, California (Studio L) where she teaches classes. In fact, she requested this particular Sargent watercolor. Well, I checked into what Sargent watercolors sell for . . . way beyond my pay scale. So what to do? Hey, I know!! I'll forge it. She won't be any the wiser. It worked!!! She is sooooooooo happy!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Once a painting is done, tweaking can be problematic. However, after letting a few days go by, I felt the need to work omn it just a scoch more (see my previous post to view the before-tweaking portrait). Now she has a slightly slimmed down and more anatomically correct jaw line,
and ditto for the tip of her nose. Whatcha think? Was the tweaking needed??