Art, equipment, Sketching, watercolor

Blue Chair – watercolor

I took a break from oil painting yesterday but I did this little ink and watercolor sketch. I also added a little bit of gouache. I’ve tried to paint this scene in oil with no success.

Gouache is something I think I’d like to try more. I only have a limited number of colors now so am not able to do work in gouache alone.

Blue Patio Chair

ink watercolor and gouache in moleskine

I referred once before to some of my feelings about having worked full time as an artist. I came across an excellent blog yesterday by a woman sharing about the process of establishing herself as an artist after having completed her Fine Art degree after the age of 50. It’s very insightful and I recommend it. Her name is
Sue Favinger Smith.

I have occasionally had trouble photographing my oil paintings, particularly when they’re still wet, without a glare. While reading one of my absolute favorite painting blogs by Carol Marine, I found her reference to another blog (that’s why they call it the web), Strobist, with a description of an inexpensive light box.

Here’s my adaptation of it using a simple wooden frame and tracing paper.

Light Box

After making 3 frames, I attached tracing paper with a stapler and use clamps to hold the 3 frames together. I place a piece of white foam core over the top and clip a lamp on each side pointing them through the paper at the painting.

22 thoughts on “Blue Chair – watercolor”

  1. Hey Bill,

    This photo Box is a great idea! Before blogging I only took photos so I could keep track of what galleries had. Now I find myself unhappy with the image and have been thinking of ways to improve my photos. Think this would work on a large scale? Say 30×40’s?

    E

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  2. Hi Elio,
    I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on a larger scale. If you get too big, you’ll probably need stronger lights. Check out the link in my post for more information from the Strobist site. There’s a movie there where someone uses a similar light box and a camera connected to a computer using a remote capture program. I’ve done it that way but find that it works just as well if I just put the camera on a tripod and bracket the shots. I just have an inexpensive Cannon Powershot A40 and it does ok. I do wish I could manually focus it though.
    Bill

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  3. Thanks so much Lin, I appreciate your encouragement.

    Swee, Thanks very much. You have some very interesting articles on your blog. I’ve enjoyed your work as well.

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  4. Beautiful work Bill. The watercolor is just perfect–so fresh and bright. Have you used the box yet to photograph oils? I might have to build one too, though my overhead flourescent seems to not create too much glare.

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  5. Jeff and Mike, Thanks for the suggestion about the polarizing filter, I’ll keep that in mind but this setup works well enough for me and it was free!

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  6. Photo Buffet and Microdesign Websight, thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I’m glad you liked my work.

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