I came across an insightful quote from Mr. Mike Tyson, the former heavy weight boxing champion, that I thought was rather appropriate to the watercolor artist. It goes something like this..."Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face"
For every painting concept that I come up with, I always arrive at the same starting point. A big, white sheet of watercolor paper punching me in the face. Even though I can kind of see the finished painting in my head, actually arriving there is an entirely different matter.
Maybe its just a matter of experience, I’m not sure. I have plenty of experience but inevitably go 10 to 15 rounds with a piece until it succumbs to my vision.
I'll will walk you through my painting "Christmas Tea" from start to finish and try as best I can to relay my thoughts on each step in the process. Lets see if I get knocked out or create a knockout piece!
3/13/2019 11:19:53 am
Wow Leo. What amazes me about this piece of art is that you “painted” light. It has aura about it that keeps the viewer looking. I enjoyed reading about the variety of techniques you used to accomplish this. Thanks for sharing!
3/14/2019 08:05:35 am
thx Yvonne, this was a tricky piece, in using too much opaque white paint for highlights you run the risk of turning a watercolor into a gouache painting. Glad you liked it!
3/13/2019 11:48:30 am
Looking good! It has a nice sense of depth, and your eye is naturally drawn to the focal point.
3/14/2019 10:01:37 am
That Tim, that was the idea.
3/14/2019 06:15:52 am
Beautiful light capturing painting. I love how you make bold decisions and they work out perfectly!
3/15/2019 09:46:13 am
3/24/2019 11:37:00 am
PS... my bold decisions do not always work perfectly....thats why I have a spray bottle!
3/14/2019 07:08:01 am
Always enjoy seeing what you’re doing Leo!! I’ll pass this along!!
3/14/2019 08:03:29 am
thx Rob, hope you and the fam are doing well. Hopefully this is the first of many blog posts.
3/14/2019 09:19:04 am
What intrigues me most when I look at your paintings is not just the light, but the shadows that are created.
3/24/2019 11:35:39 am
thx Nancy... the shadows actually create the light.. think about that for a minute:)
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