The Final Watercolors

The 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge has drawn to the end. It had provided a way for me to get back into watercolors and now I’m looking forward to doing more.

These were done on Arches rough pressed paper cut down to 5 x 7 sheets.

Day 25 Terrier
Day 25 The Terrier
Day 26 Overriped Plums
Day 26 Overriped Plums
Day 27 China Bowl
Day 27 China Bowl
Day 28 Brown and White Dog
Day 28 Brown and White Dog
Day 30 Succulent
Day 30 Succulent

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.