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Farm Sisters

January 19, 2018

I’ve been exploring this idea of two sisters (or siblings in general) enjoying their freedom exploring in a field or forest. There has been a lot of really inspiring reference material on Pinterest, so I’ve been learning a lot about my new medium, watercolor. I just love mixing new colors and the challenge of getting correct values. It’s something I am still not super awesome at and I find watercolor especially challenging in this regard. The values and contrast in most of these studies are not very good, but I just love the brightness of these colors. 

Success and Failure
On the same page.

The paintings on this first image (above) are all referenced from Pinterest photos. I’m embarrassed that I cannot find the photo for the first one, I thought I saved it. I’ll do better of that next time. 
The other two are here and here. Obviously very loose, unfinished color studies. The one on the bottom left just made me mad, so I stopped right there and started on the next one, which I enjoyed much more. 

Farm Girls

This one (above), a much brighter, sloppier version was from my imagination. The girls were supposed to be holding farm animals, a goat and a chicken, but as you can see, there were some… complications? hah. I had just gotten myself a small set of Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Pastels and I wanted to give them a try. They are soooo cool. They are like crayons for grown-ups. And when you went them, they turn into the funnest paint/watercolor. I’m really excited about scribbling on everything with them. I just love the texture and effect you get by mixing mediums like this. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with watercolor and gouache together, and now I will be adding these pastels to the mix. 

Almost Impressionistic

This sketch is from this photo. Again, pretty crude by comparison, but very helpful as a study and most importantly, therapeutic. That’s what I’m really trying to accomplish here. Artistic expression with absolutely NO strings attached. 

Thanks for reading!

Materials Used

  • Schmincke Horadam Watercolors
  • Holbien Gouache
  • Winsor and Newton Gouache
  • Turner Acryl Gouache
  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Pastels
  • Canson XL Mixed Media Sketchbook
  • Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencil
  • Simply Simmons Round Brush Size 6


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