On the Willamette

On the Willamette

On the Willamette

I did this small study today to test out how watersoluble markers work on a smooth gessoed panel. It’s like working with a limited selection of watercolors. Also I discovered that ink just sits on top of the gesso. It does not stick or sink into it. So, if you apply a second layer, it tends to lift the previous layer instead of building up to a darker more opaque color. The color remains transparent and shows the texture and streaks in the gesso underneath.

6×6 inch (15×15 cm) Sintra PVC gessoed panel, Arteza Real Brush pens, and Arteza flat waterbrush.

Jim

Daffodils in the Woods

Daffodils in the Woods

Daffodils in the Woods

I’m looking for a way to do plein air paintings without carrying brushes or water or wet media. I did this small study to see how tempera paint sticks and brush markers handle on canvas panel. I laid in the major areas of color with the paint sticks first and then I added detail with darker colors using the brush markers.

Reference Photo - Daffodils in the Woods

Reference Photo – Daffodils in the Woods

Tempera Underpainting

Tempera Underpainting

5×7 (12.5×17.7 cm) canvas panel, Mod Paint Sticks, Arteza Real Brush Pens.

Jim

Camellia Bush

 

Camellia Bush

Camellia Bush

This bush is in our backyard. It’s in full bloom. I’ve been glancing at it throughout the day thinking about how I’d approach sketching it with paint sticks dabbing on the pure color. Finally, before dinner I found the time to sit down and try out my plan.

Fabriano Studio Watercolor hot press 140 lbs 8×10 inch (20.3×25.4 cm) paper, Mod Paint Sticks.

Donnottar Castle Scotland

Donnottar Castle

Donnottar Castle

Sketching from Google Street View. Testing tempra paint sticks on smooth paper with water.

Strathmore Mixed Media 400 Series 9×12 inch (22.9×30.5 cm) paper, pencil, Mod Tempra Paint sticks, Arteza flat waterbrush, ArtGraf Viarco 6B water-soluble pencil, Kuretake #13 brush fountain pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink, and Molotow 2mm empty pump marker with Dr. Ph. Martin Pen-White ink.

A Blue Day in the City

A Blue Day in the City

A Blue Day in the City

I’ve been meaning to try this for quite a while. I bought a cheap plastic one inch putty knife with the idea of using it to spread some paint around just to see what kinds of marks it can make. I then used a dip pen to add some detail with acrylic ink.

Acrylic on paper, palette knife and dip pen. 5.5 x 7.5 inches (13.5 x 18.5 cm).

Jim