Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Oregon Rainforest Morning-another paper-L K Price

                                                 watermedia on paper 14x11

 Because I`m surrounded by unfinished oil paintings intended for a show of oils opening in March, all I want to do is play with watercolor. It`s discouraging being human.
 I had a marvelous walk around Cook`s Butte the other morning in the fog. I can`t explain why it is so exciting to me but it really is. Everything looks better in the mist! I went down into the studio, looked at the unresolved, uncooperative canvases then over to some paper I haven`t had a minute to try. I found the time. I know from years of hiking that coming in from a rich experience in nature can turn to gold if I can just start painting. I used to think this was just ordinary inspiration but now I think it`s more complex, 'emotional' memory is involved. It can guide the painting without any reference. First I did the study below. The paper was simply called Multi media/Aquarelle. 100% cotton, heavy sizing, 140 lb. cold pressed and inexpensive! [New York Central Art Supply]

                                                watercolor on paper 7x5

 I felt so confident, I thought I`d document it;

 And these were my tools;


 Nothing too unusual. A natural sponge for pre-wetting and later lifting. Lots of Kleenex for blotting, Q-tips for drawing through wet paint making a soft fat line, a silicone spatula for drawing with a sharper line, a piece of mat board with a bevel edge for scraping like with a squeegee, cheap house painter brush for blending and then the watercolor brushes. Note those at the top have extra long soft bristles. I`ve come to prefer this type because you can really load them up yet they`ll also come to an edge or point. I`m using a bristle filbert that is extra long for oil painting too. Then there is the angle brush up above. I love these because the double as a wash brush but also can be used for line.
 On bigger paintings I`ll use a much larger assortment. Often I`ll stop in my process and look over the choices to choose the best one for the task at hand. I feel like a surgeon sometimes!
 I did this one today before returning to my 'real' project;

                                          watercolor on paper 8x8

 Studio envy. We all have it, it`s rude but no one has the perfect work space they so deserve. Even though mine is huge compared to the gross carpeted bedroom I used before moving here, I thought big windows would have been nice. Then I got a National Geographic quality view at Sitka when I was a resident last year. I was constantly fooling with the blinds, moving my work out of the sunlight and coping with the glare. I`d do it again in a heartbeat but I returned to my basement very grateful for the controlled full spectrum lighting I had installed. Now it`s running water I yearn for. Here`s a great feature from Hyperallergic on reader submitted art studios. There are lots of them, look for the links.

Finally. my newest Pinterest discovery, Leslie Kenneth Price of Arcata Calif. Although he`s an abstract painter, his immersion in the landscape is obvious. I`d love to go on a hike with him. Isn`t this stunning? So lyrical!

                                              Leslie Kenneth Price

watercolor demonstration in my studio Sat. Feb. 14, 10 am
another demo March 26, 11 am at Museum 510 in Lake Oswego


Libby Fife said...


Well, looking at other people's studios and learning about the materials that they use are two of my secret art compulsions! (It's a little odd too since I have a sensitivity to being in other people's personal space. Hmmm...)

Anyway, thanks for the links. I enjoyed Leslie Price's site. His work somehow puts me in mind of looking under a microscope at different kinds of organisms. I always wish I could see what the person was looking at for inspiration (for their art). The interpretation of place, space, and experience is interesting to me.

Thanks again,

Mitch said...

You really know how to capture that mysterious beauty of the fog in the forest! I'm sorry you drifted from your purpose (the oils for the show) but the result was well worth it, don't you think?

RH Carpenter said...

This has to be the most productive and gorgeous displacement behavior I've ever seen - trying not to think or do oil paintings due to a deadline, you pick up your tools and create this PLUS you give us an insight into those tools and how you use them (for some reason, I am suddenly fascinated by artistic process as much as the outcome). So thank you, Randall, for today's post! That light in the top finished painting makes me want to put my hand on that green tree and feel the glow of it! And thanks for reminding us that getting what we want (big windows, larger space, etc.) may not really be what we want at all :) Have a wonderful and productive end of the week, my friend.

Maureen said...

That last watercolor of yours is lovely, very appealing to me, perhaps because it contains both presence and absence.

Love Price's work! Thanks for the intro.

E.M. Corsa said...

Just love the study you did. I've been envious of those who can attend a demo at your studio so thanks for sharing your process.
Oh my gosh, Leslie Price's work is so exciting. Thanks for turning me onto his site.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Randall,
Spectacular painting and how great to see how you did it and the tools involved.
You make me want to fly back there and tag along to see the beauty you see...almost. :)))
Not unlike Fletcher Christian burning the Bounty, I got rid of all clothes necessary to survive colder climates, so I can never return.
Oh, well, as long as I can live vicariously through your paintings it'll be okay.
Have a great day tomorrow!

Burt jarvis said...

When there is a deadline I think subconscious our mind is actually sorting and organizing the deadline project in the background refining our thoughts and actually helps to create a better end piece. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and technics.

Thanks, Burt