Just finished another mixed media, mostly watercolor. Pleased with the rendering of the background trees; pleased with the rendition of the really unkempt look of the boat; OK with the reflections in the water. Really upset with the booms and rigging and will not use black ink should I do another of these. This image was based on a photo I had taken during a visit to Amelia Island Florida.
A new watercolor over graphite pencil sketch has been added to the product suite today. Use the same link as in the previous post listed to see the catalog.
I continue to keep at the watercolor work, although for those that have followed my journey I have some ideas for photographs — just waiting for the right light conditions to proceed on that front. The two of an old Spanish mission were pretty much learning pieces, but I did move the Old Glory painting to my art link here. The Spanish mission pieces, which are posted on my FB timeline were about testing mixed media and a bunch of other things. Anyway – here they are.
If you follow Eric Gorges in his PBS series “A Craftsman’s Legacy” you know at some point in each show he asks his guest if they consider themselves artists or craftsmen. This year I have experienced a journey from never having created a painting to sketching and now to watercolors. At each step of the way I had to find someone who had mastered the technique I was trying to learn to “show me the ropes” very much like a blacksmith, just to name a trade, would start out as an apprentice to another craftsman who would teach methods.
It occurs to me that every artist, whether in music, writing, performing, film making, or in my case painting on paper or canvas must at some early point be shown the skills and techniques of the craft they want to pursue. I suspect even naturally talented graffiti artists at some point are “shown the ropes” by an experience individual in that skill. Having learned those techniques does not make the individual an artist, as hundreds perhaps thousands of people sitting around small town America thinking they are writing the next great film script can attest.
It seems to me that “art” is the vision and “craft” is the method by which that vision becomes a reality. Every artist must be a crafter (to coin a less gender specific term) first — and a decent living can be made as a person skilled in techniques, but not every crafter is an artist. Sometimes the vision is lacking, or simply not in tune with the times.
So here is my very first “craft” piece — an ink and watercolor wash drawing — Iris, 2017
As I noted in my previous posts, I am really having a challenge with selection a true watercolor technique with which I am comfortable. So far, my efforts are somewhat frustrating – showing promise, but not quite ready for prime time if you catch my drift.
Meanwhile, as images come to mind, I found that I am getting much better at simulating the watercolor wet on wet effect digitally. Starting with Photoshop elements, a mouse, and a new white photoshop “canvas” and background layer, I was able to create this image. A larger version is here.