Somebody Used to Live Here

Friday was a busy, busy painting day!  Quick sketch in the morning, class in the afternoon.  More last night.  And this morning I did this using only a flat brush, learning about its characteristics and such.  I even got into using it really, really dry, which I had forgotten about.  And the side – the edge of the flat – to make little dabs, such as in the pink flowers.  It was great for wood texture, and fun for the sky.  This was done without a preliminary sketch nor lines drawn on the paper.

Carpinteria Bluffs

Another “direct watercolor” from a photo I took sometime ago when up along the bluffs in Carpinteria, CA.  This one might be worth repeating just because there are some areas I really like about it, but the rocks to the left of the cliff are rather dismal.  The topmost rock was really a boat on the horizon!  I painted the boat first, and then it just got bigger and bigger, to the point I morphed it into a dreary rock.  Those rocks need work, as does the color gradation of the sand on the beach.  I like a lot of the colors, but overall the sparkle is missing from the photo.  If at first you don’t succeed . . . ya know.