World Watercolor Month 2017: Final Day

It is Monday, the last day of July.  Outside I can hear birds singing their summer songs while the sky seems to be a pale watercolor wash of blues and grays, hinting at storms far out to sea.

The days have tumbled to the end of a month long celebration of World Watercolor Month.  My Stillman & Birn sketchbook is nearly filled and is a delightful souvenir of this month’s adventures with watercolor, exploring old ideas and discovering a few new ones.  As always, events such as this are fun and inspiring, especially when seeing so many from around the world participating in the creative joy of painting.  I hope everyone else who participated had an enjoyable celebration and is ready for more watercolor adventures in the months ahead.

July 29 & 30Holding Summer Roses

Catching up on World Watercolor Month : Week 3

How quickly time flies, as swift as an island trade breezing off the ocean, brushing past for a cooling moment and then gone.

As week three of celebrating World Watercolor Month nears its end I cannot help but look back and wonder where did the time go?  All that I have are small painted sketches to remind myself of the days now turned into memory.

This year I am painting in a smaller format, wanting to fill out a Stillman & Birn beta series hardbound, (5.5 x 8.5) sketch book, and limiting myself to the paints from an old Winsor and Newton watercolor field box.

The paper I use most often is Arches 140# cold press, and my palette is filled mainly with transparent watercolors from Daniel Smith and M. Graham.  So other than the smaller size, using a different palette has been a bit of a challenge.  I have also been using my Pigma Micron ink pens.  Something about the format makes me want to doodle with ink, and it has been fun.

Hope everyone is having just as much fun celebrating the month with watercolors, and of course, with cooling breezes to keep you company and help the paint dry.

Moon Wishes

Moon Wishes

 

 

Happy World Watercolor Month 2017

Pua Melia

Pua Melia : Watercolor 22″ x 15″

A lei worn with aloha can be for hello, good-bye, love, and celebration, or…just because…like now, just because it is the start of July which brings back World Watercolor Month started by the talented Charlie .  After all the fun adventures last year, thought it would be a good time to come back and enjoy the celebration among friends near and far.

Happy World Watercolor Month everyone, let the fun begin!