30×30 Direct Watercolor 2018 challenge

There are days 13 through 17 with a couple of days missed. I found flowers harder to paint and had only one success. Then I switched over to people. Maybe I’ll attempt flowers again.

Day 13 White Flower
Day 13 White Flower, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee
Day 15 Couple Walking 30x30DW
Day 15 Couple Walking 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee
Day 16 Unicycle Dancer
Day 16 Unicycle Daner, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee
Day 17 Performer
Day 17 Performer, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee

DIRECT WATERCOLOR CHALLENGE, DAYS 7 to 9

Day 7_The Palm Tree_30x30DW
Day 7 The Palm Tree, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee
Day 8_Rice Fields_ 30x30DW
Day 8 Rice Fields, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee
Day 9_Birds Flying over Rice Fields_30x30DW
Day 9 Birds Flying over Rice Fields, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee

Direct Watercolor Challenge, Days 4 to 6

I continued with Day 4 and 5 without using pencil just a thin brush to layout the basic shapes. In Day 6, I went back to the pencil. The pencil provides a quick warm up before laying in the colors.

Day 6 is my favorite of all three here. It reminded me of the qualities of watercolors that I love. The transparency, the glazing, the free flowing of paint. And just letting go.

Day 4 Coffee Cup 30x30DW
Day 4 Coffee Cup, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor by Marlene Lee
Day 5_Fountain_30x30DW
Day 5, Fountain, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee
Day 6_Tomatoes_30x30DW
Day 6, Tomatoes, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee

The 30 Day Challenge

I’m excited to say that I’m participating in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor 2018 Challenge. What I’m understanding about doing direct watercolor is to paint with pure watercolor. I cheated. I started out with a gestural pencil sketch and then add watercolor in a free forming fashion. The originator of the challenge is Marc Taro Holmes and his blog post explains more on the process.

Day 1_Pears_30x30DW
Day 1 Pears, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee
Day 2_Strawberries_30x30DW
Day 2 Strawberries, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee
Day 3_Blueberries_30x30DW
Day 3 Blueberries, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee

My materials: Stillman&Birn Delta series, watercolor and pencil, brush – Isabey pocketbrush. 

My set up is using the early morning light.

 

Derby Hat Girl

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Derby Hat Girl, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

A few years ago I painted this model in a live session. Fortunately I took a photo of her and found it recently. I still remember the look she had when posing in this derby hat.

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop.