Another poured watercolor attempt, February 20, 2010

Fly Fishing

I spent the duration of this day writing a Unitarian sermon for delivery in the morning.  Finally finished the manuscript around 8:30 tonight and decided to get after a new watercolor (I’ve had the “itch” the entire day).  I have only one completed fly fishing watercolor to my credit (on my website   I don’t particularly like it, because it is too pale and too controlled, as far as I’m concerned.  Aside from a forest on the left background that I think approaches Wyeth’s drybrush technique, I generally dislike the piece.

I have another fly fishing composition started, that has been disastrous so far and is currently buried in my stack of “works in progress” (I haven’t touched it in over a year–maybe I’ll get it out again soon).

This one is barely an hour old.  It’s going very slowly, because it is smaller than my “fox hunt” painting, and this is on a watercolor block, so the pigments are drying very, very slowly.  At least the fox hunt was stretched over canvas stretchers, and that leads to much quicker drying.  I’m really antsy to get to the dark green pigments to lace around the fall foliage in the background, but I’m wondering if the reds and yellows will dry before I can get to it later tonight.  I’m also anxious to put some deeper blues and greens into the water–again the yellows just won’t dry.  Patience!  At least I did a little bit of drybrush rendering on the fly fisherman before the pouring began.

Hopefully, I’ll pursue a series of fly fishing watercolors, as well as fox hunts.  Too bad I work so many hours at school throughout the week, and have this occasional weekend sermon responsibility.  I think I’ll be able to return to the studio tomorrow afternoon, however.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Another poured watercolor attempt, February 20, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Nice start. The colors are full of life.


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you. I really hope I can return to this later today. I have a pretty heavy schedule at the front end. But the painting certainly has my interest and I want to push it some more.


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