Here are some progress photos of the Scissor bridge. I try to start as chaotic as possible, just like my artist statement says.Read More
I Demonstrated for the Illinois Watercolor Society in June, where I splashed paint on my Steam engine with a #16 brush to simulate rust and peeling paint. i did it small first before the demo to make sure it would work (11"x16"). I then demonstrated on a full sheet (22" x 30"). Here is the small one, the Demo and the finished peice (they look quite similar).
I'm behind in posting new work, but here is a bridge in the center of downtown Chicago which I finally figured out I should paint. It's easily accessible and slowly deteriorating. nI usually like to view things close up for more drama, so I stood at the bottom of the stairs and looked up. It took 6 photos sown together to fit the whole bridge in. The reference photo I attached is one of the 6, along with my 8 hour pencil drawing.
I have a 6 page article in the Art of Watercolor magazine from in the 16th issue (October-November 2014). Here is a PDF. It's fun to be in a magazine, and there is a lot of other good work in it as well. I use a lot of drafting tape and toothbrush in my work, I tried to show an example of how I use it in thew article. I always forget to mention I learned the technique from Alain Gavin, who teaches in Evanston, IL.
Here is were I hit the point of success or failure. With every painting, I first fill everything with color to give a context to bounce off of. At some point, I have to start making leaps of faith hoping the composition comes together, which is quite unsettling. I often have to rub out areas and start over. There is a magic point where I see it will work and I can just refine details, the fun part where I loose track of time. The big point came when I had to darken the areas left white. I of course went too dark, than had to pull back. I never know for sure until I see it.
Here is a recent project I did with Manuel Avila Associates. At first glance, they seem like sketches, but Sketchup created the fake sketch look, and we did basic watercolor washes on top. They're purposely meant to convey an unfinished design. We use Sketchup to box out views and and add repeating detail, like chairs and tables.