Tuesday, June 2, 2009

WATERCOLOR STICKS ON HAND MOLDED FRENCH PAPER



The last week has been frustrating. Nothing I worked on was any good. I have been playing around with this head and a few others that had this odd lighting trying to put them together in a single composition. I spent a few hours this afternoon playing with that and not sure I was very happy with any of them. The other frustration was not being very pleased with the small trials using the new Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks that I had paid so much money for! I tried using them for mono printing...terrible. I tried using them in my Moleskin sketch book... no better than regular paints. I went into the studio and found a piece of watercolor paper I purchased in France while visiting this wonderful paper mill. There is no surface sizing so I coated it with 2 coats of diluted mat medium. The paper is hand molded and has a rough texture. I decided to try the new watercolor sticks on this surface. First I washed a pale gold tone over the paper to see how the paper would take paint. Then I drew the image on with the watercolor stick in Quin Burnt Orange. I didn't make any errors that needed correcting so don't know how easy that would be but the paint lifted easily at other stages. I used these paint sticks in every way I could think of: Dry drawing, wet drawing, scribbling, diluting with a brush etc. Finally, I think I am happy with this product. I think they have real potential for plein aire and travel supplies. The main advantage is that you can draw with them. There are only limited colors at this time. I did notice that Cheap Joe is developing a similar product. It was mentioned in the Summer Sale Catalog but no additional information and nothing shows up on their web site. Has anyone else tried these watercolor paint sticks? What have been your results?

15 comments:

Kathy said...

Hi Myrna,
I've never used watercolor sticks and it looks like a real challenge. All your experimentation really paid off! This is a wonderful painting!!

Kathy McChesney said...

Myrna - I think this painting is incredibly powerful, a true success. Thank you for sharing your frustration and then showing us the miracle that came out of it. I've been in a dry spell where nothing was working and then, somehow, as always, I come out the other side and am painting well again. I don't think it's just new materials & that battle. I think it's just part of the process, not my favorite part, but it seems to need to happen. Bravo on your success - I think he's a show piece.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Myrna, I'm impressed and inspired by how much you experiment. I like this portrait; it seems to have mood and substance.

Ida said...

Hi Myrna Just love your site, you are so talented--- and I am not about to pay what DS is asking for it's H2Ocolor sticks, they are way overpriced. Keep up the great work - Blessings, Ida

terri Hill said...

Actually...I LOVE this piece! There is a richness to it that is quite unusual. I'm guessing the sticks had something to do with that...or maybe it's just the artist. I LOVE it.

Maggie said...

Myrna, I read the header 'sticks' as a verb so was intrigued by the image of you or your paint getting stuck to that French paper! What a great painting. I agree, it is show-worthy.
Would like more commentary on the sticks. We've discussed them in my painting group and are hesitant because they seem rather expensive.

Lena Bogart said...

WOW!The portrait reminded me of old-world portraits with its heavy
texture like oil paints, the dark-
light Chiaroscuro-effect.

It makes me feel good (sorry), Myrna that you experience frustrations too. I tend to have the notion that more accomplished artists (than I am) just paint away happily for ever and ever while I am mostly frustrated with my efforts. But you keep me inspired.

Kind regards
Lena

BMoon said...

Lovely - I'd say this piece came together beautifully!

Nava said...

So, the week of frustration has paid off, if I may say. This is a very unique piece!! Love the scruffy look of it - the technique goes well with the image.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi..I've neverused sticks..but your painting is truly wonderful. So strong, powerful, very well done!

Elflling said...

I really love this painting since it has more solid substance and the look of oil painting, but still have the atmospheric look of watercolors. I am also curious whether the watercolor sticks feel smooth or rather dry when used by itself on dry surface? How is the feel compared to oil sticks, or watercolor pastels? Thanks for sharing with us!

Joyfulartist said...

I'd be curious to know how the d.smith w/c sticks compare to crayon d'arch(or however one spells it). I think your portaits are awesome, they really convey a mood. Thanks for sharing your experimentation and frustration on your blog.

sherry lee said...

Hi Myrna,
Your frustration resulted in a stroke(s) of genius! No pun intended. Thanks for your inspiration - I think I'll get up and try again tomorrow.

Kathy Latini said...

Hi Myrna, I haven't done any art in ages, and am just now catching up on your blogs. What a treat! You've inspired me in so many ways and simply have to let you know, I am amazed at this result after a process that sounds truly discouraging. Congratulations! It's wonderful. Kathy Latini

Elizabeth Parsons said...

love this painting-it almost looks like oils- looks richer than the usual transaprent watercolors.
eBeth

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