Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Interesting Times for Me

Things conspire against (or with) me and my obsession with color grows. To the point that I now want to make things with it. So, here are sketches from, dare I say, an incipient painter. Things are screaming at me from inside and outside: the hounds of hell are indeed after me.

first sketch









second sketch



















Thursday, April 16, 2009

Iron Oxide Yellow and a New Project

It's been a long time since my last post. I've been coming back from putting Kittikins to sleep, working on Phil's web site, and learning about watercolors. It now seems that every minute I'm not working on some web site, I'm mucking about with paint, paper, and brushes. Unfortunately for my wallet but fortunately for my soul, I don't have much work right now.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a used copy of Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints. (Fuller description/review. is here.)

It is a masterpiece of effort and information. And, while it covers many of the manufacturers of watercolor paints, it does not cover those made by Utrecht. I figure they are perhaps in the same league as Winsor & Newton's Cotman line, and likely some are better. I decided to investigate them because I fell in love with their Iron Oxide Yellow.

So, using Page's methods, I am going to try to imitate what she did with the few Utrecht colors I have. But, it will take me a fair amount of time as I have to really perfect my ability to make graded washes that will show the paints as they are, and not as I have botched them up!

Monday, April 6, 2009


Kittikins was born 20 years ago this spring. I carried him across the fields from the barn where he was born. This is my last day with him.