Posts Tagged ‘prismacolor’

The Return from Galveston

November 13, 2011

I have the privilege of sitting in the back of a Suburban full of art educators for the seven-hour return to Arington, Texas. Not having to drive (to me) is a luxury.

The Texas Art Educators Association annual conference was held at Moody Gardens in Galveston. I enjoyed the beach daily, the palm trees, and the numerous “plein air” watercolor opportunities. After I get home, I’ll gladly post my experiments on the blog. None of the watercolor sketches turned out a successful “frameable” piece of art, but what I learned in the attempts was immeasurable.

I do not wish to diminish the value of the workshops I attended; I found them indispensable for all the freshness and inspiration they offered up to an exhausted public school teacher. But the real highlight of my four-day conference was the invitation to spend Friday in the Prismacolor vendor booth, demonstrating their new watercolor pencils. I would not have traded that time exchanging ideas with, and answering questions from other art teachers, for anything. My heartfelt thanks goes out to representative Shelley Minnis for that privileged invitation. Very soon, I will post pictures of the paintings I did that day.

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A Day in the Prismacolor Booth, Texas Art Educators Association, Galveston, Texas

November 11, 2011

David Tripp and Shelley Minnis in the Prismacolor Booth

Today was a fabulous day at the Texas Art Educators Association annual convention.  I was invited to demonstrate in the Prismacolor booth, using the Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.  Pictured with me is Shelley Minnis, the representative of this company who invited me to do the demonstration.  I found her an exceedingly gracious host as I spent the day there, working on watercolors and answering questions from the patrons who happened by and had questions about the product.

Tomorrow will be the last full day of the convention.  The art teachers from my group have been promised some time on the beach.  I have packed my watercolor supplies and hope to give it a good effort tomorrow en plein air.   I’ve never had an opportunity to paint the ocean in watercolor.

Thanks for reading.  More tomorrow . . .

A Plein Air Attempt of the Historic Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth, Texas

September 25, 2011

Historic Ridglea Theater on Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas

Ninety-Seven degrees on September 25 doesn’t add up to a perfect outdoor Sunday in my book.  But I did step out this afternoon and attempt some plein air sketches with my new Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  I’m excited to learn that the historic Ridglea Theater on Camp Bowie Blvd. is going to be restored to its pristine glory.  I saw Casa Blanca on its 50th anniversary in the main theater here, as well as my first Coen Brothers film Miller’s Crossing and A River Runs Through It.  I have many grateful memories of this place, and am glad that it will re-open.

I’m not finished with this sketch.  The hot temperatures got to me, so I decided to photograph the theater and finish it in the studio hopefully soon.

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2nd Watercolor Pencil Sketch of Church Tower

September 22, 2011

Methodist Church Tower 2

This is my second quick watercolor pencil sketch of the Provincetown Methodist Church, using as a model a watercolor Edward Hopper executed in 1930.  As yesterday, I attempted this one in a matter of minutes, with Art I classes buzzing about me.  The students were good, but it was hard to focus on this, when my real responsibility was to direct the students and “be there” for assistance in whatever way necessary.  Still, I enjoyed the stolen moments of playing with Prismacolor watercolor pencils and exploring their qualities.

The weekend is approaching.  I have no hard-set plans, so perhaps some quality time will yield itself for further study and exploration.  The Texas temperatures are cooling, and that means more opportunity for plein air activity.  I’m looking forward to that.  My next art festival is about nine days away, so I have a little time to make art.

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First Attempt at Watercolor Sketch using Prismacolors exclusively

September 20, 2011

Prismacolor Watercolor Pencil experiment

Today, while Art I students were busy with their collage experiments, I made a couple of attempts to sketch in watercolor, using only Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.  Naturally, I couldn’t focus the way I wished, with 25 students buzzing in the same space as I, but I enjoyed this effort  nevertheless.  I only discovered this product this past summer while teaching at the Eureka Springs School of the Fine Arts.  I purchased a fistful and used them to finish out a number of plein air and studio watercolors created over the past four months.  But I have never used them exclusively.  I’m used to blocking in large areas with Winsor and Newton pigments, and occasionally reaching for the Dr. Ph. Martin liquid watercolors.  I’m still struggling with how to block in the larger areas.  I struggled somewhat with the sky portions and the ground neutrals of the tree bark. But again, once I’m alone in the studio, I’m sure I’ll be able to concentrate better.

I think I’m going to enjoy this new foray into watercolor experimentation.  I’m feeling too settled right now for my own satisfaction.  It’s time to return to the studio.  Unfortunately, I have a cursed 4-class high school load today, followed by a meeting, followed by a workshop, followed by preparations for tomorrow’s classes.  Maybe I’ll see the studio by midnight.

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Lavender Evening, February 2, 2010

February 2, 2010

Lavender Evening

I’m posting one of my early works (1988), where I experimented with light prismacolor highlighting dark tree branches.  I was fascinated one winter evening as the sky turned lavender, the breezes stirred, and the air was filled with debris.  So I tried some splatter technique to fill the sky and atmosphere with that sensation.  I guess I can chalk this up to one of my early “mood” watercolor sketches, but the experiments would pay off in later works.

Full Moon, January 30, 2010

January 30, 2010

Full Moon

Rough day.  I got food poisoning at an Academic Decathlon event last night.  Violently sick all night, and trashed out all day today.  Could not even focus my eyes on a watercolor or even a good book.  Hope tomorrow is better.  Meanwhile, to keep my New Year Resolution of blogging art work every day, here is an old, old work of mine.  The significance it has to me (for my own development) is that this is the first time I ever tried using prismacolor pencils over watercolor.  All the highlights on the spruce branches are prismacolor pencil.  I was also pretty new with this 300 lb. D’Arches paper, and was quite surprised to see how active the watercolor was in the night sky when I kept adding water and watching it do its magic on the page.