Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday's Photo on Saturday

Three Beach Shells (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis  8x12 Watercolor
Fighting resistance with everything I have this week. Sometimes I win. Sometimes Mr. Resistance wins.
What's with that?

If you give in to it, low motivation can last longer than you would like and that just can't happen anymore. I don't have time to waste, so Mr. Resistance needs to get kicked out the door. He overs stays his not-so-welcome welcome every now and then.

Two of these shells were collected on one of the last great beach days a little while ago. The cracked smaller shell you have seen before. The watercolors were out, the shells and the paper ready, and I had the time so I pushed through the fog to paint. Twenty minutes later and I was done.

I tried to use only as much water as would allow the paints to flow so I could continue and finish without waiting for it to dry. I think I figured out how much water to keep on the brush. I also think I need better brushes. I was using synthetic brushes, but I went back to using sable. I like the way the paint flows and the point might be more pleasing. A visit to the art supply store may be in order, just to get some info.

These shells were similar in color and value so I needed to establish the ground there were sitting on by throwing on some color. I think it adds a little something and perks up the whiteness. You get the idea.


  1. Nice work--love the colors, and the character of the shells, which you've captured so straightforwardly!
    Also enjoyed your comments on Mr. Resistance! An old acquaintance of mine!

  2. Yeah, Mr. Resistance. He shows up and sometimes won't leave!


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