Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Pen and Wash Pots, MDI, Maine

Pen and Wash Pots, originally uploaded by quinacridonered.

My very first attempt at Pen and Wash. I was inspired to try after joining the Ink and Watercolor Wash flickr group. Attempts of being loose have failed, however. :(

How does one paint loose?


Linda said...

Wonderful! If you want to paint more loosely and still use pen, you might try roughing in the sketch with the watercolor first. Then once it is dry, go over it and refine the lines. If your ink lines don't exactly match your watercolor, that's okay.
:-) Where in SW Va are you? I was raised in east TN and lived for a while in Wytheville, Va.

Sandy said...

how to paint loose - let me know when you find out :-)
I adore the window boxes and pots of flowers in Mt Desert Isl - it must be the cool, moist breezes that keep them so happy!

Brenda Y said...

Wow - it's so hard to believe that you are a beginner!! These ink and wash pieces are all fantastic. For some of us, looseness can be hard to attain with watercolor and then for others it seems to come so easily - sigh!

Christy DeKoning said...

Here's an idea for practicing loose painting:
Take a big sheet of paper, a limited palette (something like Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue for example) and practice your brushstrokes and washes. In doing so, you may find shapes and stories within your brushstrokes that you can build upon. Until you have a certain confidence and knowledge of how the paint will react to the paper, it's difficult to loosen up. So my suggestion is to practice, practice, practice. These first paintings look like a good start to me! Keep it up.

Christy DeKoning said...

Oh I almost forgot the most important part!!!

Use a BIG brush. It will free you from painting small details and help you loosen up.