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March 11, 2014

We’re over the mid point of the watercolor night class I’m teaching at Syn Studio – so that means we’re doing the fun stuff now! We started with fruit and still-life, did some work with a gesture model, so now we’ll start some larger, more challenging subjects.

The other week we did some ‘speed drills’ painting heads from photo reference, and then last night applied what we’d practiced to a three hour pose with a costumed model.  It’s a lot of fun to see the students getting more confident with the water media.

Here’s my in-class demos:




8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2014 4:13 PM

    LOVE the costume portrait!

  2. March 11, 2014 5:28 PM

    Exquisite paintings. How many colors did you use in these paintings?

    • March 12, 2014 11:07 AM

      Not very many!
      Aliziran Crimson, Yellow Ocher, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean blue, Ultramarine Blue.

  3. Carlos permalink
    March 11, 2014 5:55 PM

    The lady is so well done, and her clothes are just amazing!!!
    How can you manage to do that!!!!

    • March 12, 2014 10:26 AM

      Thanks Carlos – It all a matter of practice drawing :) Just takes a few months to warm up with drawing with the brushes.

      • Carlos permalink
        March 13, 2014 6:18 AM

        Thank you marctaro.

        I am starting doing sketches everyday, and I can tell you there are improvements. My main goal was firstly to do “unfinished” paintings (impressionist´s ones, like those by TIBOR NAGY) but I am ending up feeling in love with watercolour (work done by Joseph Z.), and here is the problem: I am confused now. I don´t know if it would be better to go only with oils, or watercolour…. I am not able to start any of them properly.

        I would like to ask you for any suggestion, if you don´t mind?

        • March 13, 2014 8:02 AM

          Well, they are of course both great media that many people have made masterpieces with. To me the decision is based on if like drawing a lot. The more you are influenced by drawing, the better suited you are to watercolor. It is ideal for tinting over a drawing. (As I do). If you’re more of someone who likes to start in color, and to explore and find the shapes by moving the paint around, then oil is more useful. That’s the only way I could think to decide. I do some of both, but use watercolor because A: do so much ‘on location’ that I like the convenience, and B: I like drawing! – but I plan to do more with oils this upcoming year, so soon I will be doing both.

  4. March 14, 2014 3:26 AM

    Have I already told you that your work was perfect? Only 59 times? Is is not so much! :)

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