Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saplings..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews


SAPLINGS is a very loose watercolor on Arches paper.
I wanted to get the scragginess of the saplings in the light, and used my rigger basically for 2/3's of the process. 
It is unframed.
12" x 16"
$250 Plus S/H

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Jounal Entry 5 (France) Watercolor.. Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



This post is still a scene from France.. This time Provence area.

The watercolor medium is ideal for pen and wash studies. 

I draw the scene first in pencil, then go over it with my fine point permanent  marker. the wash is the last thing I do.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Journal Entry 5 (Spain)..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



This entry is from my SPAIN travels.

We made a day excursion to Cadaques which alone was wonderful! Lots of white buildings and red roofs, alleyways, cobblestone streets, lots of tourists! Ugh!

However the highlight of that day was most certainly for me, Dali's home not far from Cadaques.

This scene is part of his garden area. Possibly the most 'normal' of the scenes one sees in this house.
It was truly an amazing site to see the way Dali thought and lived.
Of course, again with the stairs.. Told you I loved drawing them.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Journal Entry 4 (France) ..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



I had fun with this one, and can see I might do a larger more complete watercolor of it in the future.

The scene is France, and typical of a small rural vignette in that country.  I did not paint this from my own photo however. It is a borrowed image. The area is Frayssinet where I will be teaching in May.

The Stillman and Birn watercolor journal books are proving to be a great favorite for me, I love the surface, not too textured and great for pen and ink work.

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Journal Entry 3 (Spain) Watercolor.. Texas Artist..Rae Andrews



The subject of stairs is a great favorite of mine. I just love to draw them. This journal entry is indulging that passion.

I think the photo is somewhere in Spain, so that is what I have written in the text.

The medium is watercolor, the Stillman and Birn Journal Book (Beta Series) is the substrate.

The size of this image is 5.5" x 8.5" with the book completely opened.

Simple and very quick studies are the best en plein air.. Keep JOURNALING  in mind..

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Journal Entry 2 (France) Watercolor..Texas Artist...Rae Andrews


This is the second journal entry and probably where I will stop for today. The scene is France, just a small vignette but perfect for a journal entry.

Watercolor is again my medium, and the new Stillman and Birn journal (Beta series) is the brand I am using. The size is 5.5" x 8.5" and opened out completely, I can fit quite a large image on both pages.

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Journal Entry 1 (Spain) ..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews


Well I am off and running again soon to teach a workshop in France.

I will be mostly doing pastels for my demos, but a few watercolorists are also coming, so I will be taking that medium as well and jounaling is a great plein air tool.

 I always take a watercolor journal to get quick sketches in. They are such fun, not to mention a lovely way to capture the memories of a trip, and who knows, each image could become a more serious painting after I get home.

I bought some new journals off Amazon recently, and have to say, I like this paper a lot. Especially for pen and ink work. See below for the brand I am using.

This scene (above) is in Spain, after my last trip. Cadaques, not far from where Salvador Dali lived.

I was walking by this house and a man was sitting on his stoop enjoying the shade. He saw I was taking photos and we got chatting. 

He invited me into his very lovely courtyard and I took numerous photos, so nice of him to share his privacy.

THE PROCESS...
I did a pencil sketch first on the paper, then worked over it with a fine tip permanent marker before using some watercolor washes.

The book I bought is Stillman and Birn Mixed Media sketchbook, the BETA sreies.
I can recommend them.

I purchased a hard cover and a soft cover one, and both are great for watercolor, opening pretty flat while I work on them with washes. I do use a clothes peg at each corner just to secure the pages though. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these few pages I have done..You might like to try jounaling, it's great fun!

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Rae conducts workshops and demonstrations of her many techniques . She uses all media.

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