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Monday, May 9, 2016

April 21 Entry in Roz's 2016 Fake Journal

Above: 16 x 10 inch cold press watercolor board. Pencil and
Daniel Smith Watercolor. Click on the image to view an
My character continues her experiments with cold press watercolor board.


Kathy said...

Hi Roz,

I *love* the dramatic lights/shadows in this, as well as the cool/warm contrast between the subject and background. Plenty to mull over here for my next paint sketch. As always, thanks for posting!

Sparrow Girl said...


I really love how your watercolor paintings look so rich. I always seem to have problems with this medium looking thin and watery (which is one of the reasons I avoid it and prefer gouache or Stabilo tones). Perhaps I need to spend a month or two playing with it more.

Roz Stendahl said...

Thanks Kathy, I'm still getting used to pencil and watercolor, something I pretty much stopped doing in the 1990s. I find pencil looks weak and am playing with ways to get my eye around that. But it's always fun to sketch dogs.

Roz Stendahl said...

Thanks Sparrow Girl, I really wanted to get back to watercolor this April and I'm still playing with now into May. It was difficult in April to not just pick up the gouache! (But I do on the last day!)

Have you used glazing with your watercolors? If things dry lighter than you had hoped or planned you could put another layer on. I find that's helpful.

Mostly I just don't put a lot of water in my washes to begin with.

I'm definitely going to be fiddling with watercolor way into May because I've got a whole lot of boards!

Try it again for a week or two and see what you think.