watercolor updated

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I worked some more on today’s “morning coffee drawing. While the features are a little lopsided, the frog and flowers appear on the frog tea pot’s surfaces.  And the fish vase gets darker. And I begin thinking about the pattern on the cloth a little.  I posted an earlier version of the drawing already — the “morning coffee part.”  Coffee was long over as I continued working on this watercolor into the afternoon.

I’m getting well acquainted with my still life objects.

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I like looking at the accidental features of the watercolor marks in details such as these. And they suggest ideas for ways of portraying these objects in the large oil painting for which this watercolor is a study.

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I think I might switch now to the oil study I began for the painting, and work more on the fish vase and frog tea pot in it — let some of the watercolor ideas spill into the oil study. This is how I left the oil study.  Clearly there’s plenty more things that I can do with it.

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I like switching back and forth between media, letting each one suggest things peculiar to its material character.

 

 

again, the fish vase

 

101_8955 (2)Today I’m making an oil study of the fish vase and have just begun indicating the object that’s beside it — the frog tea pot.  An earlier post showed the fish vase in watercolor and again in oil pastel.  This time I’m using oil paint.  Each medium helps one think about visual features in different ways.

All that plus they say that practice makes perfect.

I like looking at the changing lights across the surface of the vase.

An earlier version of this oil study looked like this:

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