Monday, October 7, 2013

Water-Soluble

Orange Tulip


Water-soluble mediums are my favorite.  I'm not sure exactly why, perhaps it's the delicacy of them, or the way they morph and change with water.


Orange Tulip


Sometimes when I am void of energy and don't have the capacity to get out my paints, I like to grab my little tin of Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Pastels and just scribble in my art journal.  These pastels are a favorite of mine.  I love the density and opacity of the color and the excitement of color as they melt with water.


Orange Tulip


I love being able to run the stick over my page and let the colors just bounce around, then I love to push them and agitate them with water to see different blending patterns and colors emerge. 


Orange Tulip


Drawing simple subjects like tulips is a wonderful way to experiment with color and vibrancy.  Mixing colors directly on the page, both wet and dry is great practice.


Orange Tulip


This tulip was done in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.  It is beautiful white smooth paper, perfect for simple layers and light washes.  I use it a lot for sketching and drawing.


Orange Tulip


I am in the process of building my "Wet Pastel Workshop" online class, but due to my current transition from the USA to Australia, it's one of the many projects that has been put on hold for now.  Nonetheless, I am excited about it's progress and hope to have it up and running some time next year, so stay tuned.


Orange Tulip


Thanks for checking in.  xx