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Friday, September 30, 2016

Red-Bellied Woodpecker - Week 33 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

By the time I got to this fellow, I was feeling pretty good about the Mijello paints.  I definitely prefer to use them after they've dried rather than fresh from the tube.

Something got on this paper before I started painting, so I kept it as loose and simple as I could, knowing the paint wouldn't take well in some places.  That's one of the drawbacks of painting in a journal.  You end up getting splashes from other work, and if you forget and set it down without closing it first, you pick up oils and dirt, especially if you do everything at the same table the way I do.


I used the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set. and Silver Black Velvet Brushes Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Autumn Watercolor Class #Watercolor #Strathmore #Mijello

This was done for the third session of my Autumn Watercolor class.  We were studying flowing water.  I lost some of my white because I got the water values darker than I meant to, and in trying to lift some of the color, I just smeared it instead.

This is a common problem of mine that stems from impatience.  I tried to lift the color before the paint was entirely dry, plus I used too large a brush.  On of these days, I'll get my act together.

I was using my Mission Gold pure pigment set, and I'm still learning how to mix the colors.  It amazes me how the yellow pigments are strong enough to show up when glazed over some of the darkers colors, while still being reasonably transparent.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Plover - Week 31 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

This was my second painting using the Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and I was starting to loosen up a little bit.


I used the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set. and Silver Black Velvet Brushes Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Winner of my giveaway for a softcover Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook is...

The Winner of my giveaway for a softcover Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook is Jean Marmo!

I want to thank everyone who entered.

Nicobar Pigeon #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

For Week 30 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds', I chose the beautiful Nicobar Pigeon.  I'm a bit disappointed with it, though.

This was the first painting that I did using my Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolor Set, using freshly squeezed paint from the tube, and I found a bit harder to spread than expected.  It was also the first painting I did after a hiatus of a couple of months, and it is always difficult to get my brain and hand working in co-ordination.

I did like how easily I could obtain the darkest values, and the brilliance of the colors.



I used a Silver Black Velvet Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.