watercolors and pastels

I’ve been experimenting with watercolors. My painting style is definitely not conducive for the media. But I thought I’d give it a try. Dark to light, layering one color over another with thin washes….. ah, no. I’m posting a picture of the watercolor being worked over with pastels. Thought I’d publish it before I go too far. I’ve done this in the past with drypoint prints  and even used acrylic paint thinned to shade some of them. But painting with H20 is different, it seems. No matter. I’ll see what happens with  pastels.

I’m also posting an angel that I reworked. It is  6 winged like the ones in St. Marks, Venice. The color may present as very orange but that is the result of the digital camera and lighting.

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Small format Suite

I have a bunch of 20″ x 20″ canvases that I am going to use as studies. They also will be paintings in their own right. I can work faster on the smaller canvases, taking days rather than weeks to complete. I plan to experiment with color. I am thinking of them as a “suite”.  It will incorporate the figure as well as the angel motifs, having them influence each other but not necessarily in a linear way. A series, to me, seems to imply one done then the next, rather methodical. I want there to be a fluid or more organic relationship among these smaller paintings. At least, that is the plan at this point.

This is almost finished. Some of the yellow on the arm needs to be toned down

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Trying to Contain the Anger, small suite 1

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