Wednesday, March 26, 2008

sunrise over Broad Cove

I found a tin of "never been used" watercolor pencils in a box in the garage the other day. So, before I give them to the kids across the street or put them in the garage sale pile, I thought I would try them on today's sunrise landscape sketch. Not as easy as I thought, in fact, rather frustrating, but I am not giving up yet...

5 comments:

Alan said...

nahhh...don't give up. I found this to be quite colorful.

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

What brand did you have, Jennifer? I always suggest my students make a sampler of all the colors and wet half of each so they know how much they'll change when wet--some of them just go crazy!

As Alan said, I like the colorfulness here, though...

(I wish you could have taken the class too! I did a CD of the lessons, though, if you'd like to give it a shot on your own--everything's in there but the feedback!)

Jennifer Lawson said...

Hi Kate,

The pencils are Caran D'Ache that I bought years ago. The metal box is even a little rusted. I sort of enjoy the process of using a pencil and then adding the water for quick sketching in my journal. It's just my technique that is lacking. I think I may layer too much color. I should try the CD or get your book because I am not ready to give this up, yet...

Thanks for your response—Jennifer

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Hi again, Jennifer...well, you might be right about what the problem is--sometimes you need to layer and let dry between as if you were doing a watercolor.

I've got an old set of Caran d'Aches too, and they seem nicely transparent as compared to some, but oh MY some of those colors are INTENSE when wet!

Get the CD, if you decide to...the books are out of print and sometimes just cost WAY too much on the secondhand market, it's ridiculous! I also added a whole chapter/lesson back into the CD that had been cut for space reasons, one on mixed media, which is my favorite way of using these tools.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

I'm something of a color junkie, but I really really like this... and extra kudos if you did these en plain air at 32 degreees!