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.

2 comments:

  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!

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

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