Friday, June 10, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
|Outside cover and inside liner cover art work. |
|Table of Contents|
|Page from the first chapter key.|
|Discussion on Color and location.|
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
|Just playing with mark making using a wax candle. The base was a wash of clear water and Brusho crystals sprinkled on the water wash. Then watercolor applied on top with a brush as well as credit card.|
|Granulating medium used as a base, then wet watercolor washes or brush strokes applied. Stroke of the brush dipped into the granulation medium can be seen as white blooms.|
|Granulation medium as a base, ink, watercolor, graphite pencil, rubber palette mark making tool.|
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Preorder sale of Spotlight On Nature ends 1/28/2022. Unfortunately we just found out about this today. So if you see this order now you will get a 25% discount on the book if you use the code PREORDER25.
Monday, January 24, 2022
This week we focused on dynamic skies that can be seen just at the perfect time. So we painted from southwest sunset images. The challenge for me was painting on a hot press paper. If you work over it too much, the surface of the painting starts to get muddied and pilled. So the trick is to know what you want to do and the sequence in which you want to lay down your paint. This will allow you to get nice blending of color and keep the watercolor looking fresh.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
I am excited to announce that in May 2022, The Urban Sketching Handbook: Spotlight on Nature will be coming out. I co-wrote this book with my friend Virginia Hein. We were collaborating from her studio in Los Angeles and my office in Seattle. This occurred last winter during the pandemic so everything was done via Zoom meetings and using a MIRO board. It was a fun project to work on and we had contributions from many artists around the world to illustrate their urban sketching work with a focus on how they paint nature on location.
Here is the link to information about the book.
Currently the book can be pre-ordered on line through many bookstores and retailers. You can enter in a gift give away if you pre-order by March 31, 2022. There will be 10 packages given away. Each gift will include a packet of note cards with watercolor images of my work. And one large print from Virginia's watercolor works.
To be considered for the gift give away, fill out the following form with your preorder confirmation number showing purchase from any retailer. https://quarto.com/campaign/Spotlight-on-Nature-Preorder
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
This is my first urbansketch for the year. Although I have been painting, I haven't really sketched in a while. This was done on Sunday with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. It was done while on a zoom meeting with about 20 or more Seattle Sketchers and some people sketching from out of town. Sketchers who had moved away from Seattle or were out of town.
Now that I am retired from UW and finished my final term as Urban Sketchers Treasurer, I will start posting work on this blog again since I have more time to dedicate to it. Hopefully some people will see it, the blog has be dormant for a while.
Happy Sketching 2022!
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
We are back this year with a Line to Color Workshop in Orange County, CA. Come join us for a great weekend at San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach. Frank Ching and I taught a workshop in 2015. It was a wonderful time especially getting away from the cold Seattle weather to sunny California.
For further information on this workshop click here.
Contact Gail for registration forms, email@example.com
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The night scene below was a painting done in Tom Hoffman's Tuesday's class. The painting started with the light colors applied on a very wet sheet of watercolor paper. I mean really wet. Holding it under the faucet and wetting both sides of the sheet wet. At this point you get soft edges where colors merge and mix into each other when you apply the paint.
Midtone values and colors were applied over the light colors while everything was still wet. You can tell the paper starts to get a little drier. The paint in the brush is still drier than the wet paper. You are using the wetness of the paper as your water source. Doing that you will avoid blooms.
Finally the darks were put on as the last layer. It was a challenge getting the right consistency and viscosity of paint. You have to get enough pigment in your mix to cover and get it dark enough that it won't dry light. You also need enough fluidity in the paint that you don't lift off the lower layer of paint while painting on the final layer. Areas in this painting where you see the brush strokes are areas where I was pulling off paint while I was applying paint.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
For each of the paintings I started with the sky by wetting the area of the sky with clear water then painting cobalt blue on the wetted page. Then that was left to dry. The bottom half was done one of two ways. For one painting I just applied a wet base color. It was the lightest color I was going to use in that area. The other paintings I actually started the same way I did the sky, with clear water then painting over with my yellows and greens. The key to avoid blooms is to not re-dip into water. Be sure that the brush and pigment is drier than the page you are painting on. Using this technique the water on the paper is the water supply that you use.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Using varying amounts of blue, yellow and Burnt Umber you can see the wide range of greens you can create that harmoniously work together.
Watercolor homework paintings for Tom Hoffman's Tuesday class.
The point of the exercise is to see how forgiving painting the sky can be looking for simple shapes and values. The first painting was done on a very wet paper. The second had an initial clear wash but it ended up drying on me so you can see hard edges to the clouds.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Get out your sketching gear! Whether you want to start learning how to sketch or have been a long time sketcher, we have the classes for you!
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers we are glad to announce the first year long USk program ever! This is happening in different parts of the world this year! We are bringing a program to you right here in Seattle.
Please join us! Check http://www.urbansketchers.org/
Check here for our program in Seattle and come join us for a free lecture at Daniel Smith Seattle January 28, 2017 11:00 am-1:30 pm. Meet and learn with local sketchers. This is a great way to get into sketching if you are interested but need some help. Tell your friends about this. All levels are welcome!
I will be teaching a class titled "Sweeping Views: Approaches to Panoramic Sketching" June 3, 2017 at Gas Works Park from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
We will talk about how to set up a panoramic view to get everything you want in the sketch, how to use watercolor and line to create distance in your sketches, how to simplify a complex scene and maybe even how to do curved perspectives. Check our program information for how to register. There are limited spaces available. We encourage you to check out all the classes!
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Getting ready for the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester, my goal is to try to travel light and reduce the amount of sketching gear I take. Everything I need for sketching now fits in my purse.
I purchased the Pocket Art Toolkit by Expeditionary Art.com .
The business card holder sized palettes fit in the kit. I have 28 colors in the wells and 3 pocket palettes. It takes some getting use to working with the smaller sized palette but I think I can get use to it. All my travel brushes fit in a side pocket under the pens. I added velcro strips to secure the side pocket and keep the brushes from coming out.
Today was the test day. The pocket palettes surprisingly carry quite a bit of paint. I will have to add more to it as the paint sinks into the palette leaving room in each well for more paint as it dries.
I am always nervous trying out something new like this. It sometimes throws me off using a new palette. With my old larger palette I know exactly where each color is.
|Georgetown Garden Walk Garden No. 40 2016|