Your Watercolour Paintings › White mesa
December 25, 2018 at 18:14 #97477
Marry Christmas everybody! It’s a long story but I’ll share it with you guys. My wife asked me if I wanted to go got a bike ride to white mesa. I thought it was a trap question since we don’t get out much lately with teething baby. I didn’t need to be asked twice. Grabbed bicycle and went to white mesa. It’s a bit of a drive 70-80 miles but the place is very special. The mesa I’ve painted is near by. I took some photos in hope I’ll get to paint it.
My son gave me a chance to paint and I took it:) I paid for it with lack of sleep though but that’s ok. I didn’t have much hope something decent would come out and painted in moleskin sketchbook. (What a lousy paper ) but painting went better than usual and I should of used real paper but too late now. It has many flaws but was fast and spontaneous which I like. The sky is mostly Prussian blue. I seem to like the color even though it’s greenish.
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December 25, 2018 at 23:04 #97480
Really nice sketch Alex.
December 26, 2018 at 11:26 #97482
Very nice! I like the loose style of this one.
December 26, 2018 at 11:50 #97483
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Love this one, Alex. Well Done.
December 27, 2018 at 04:43 #97486
Lots of movement in this landscape. Well done. You are fortunate to live in such a scenic part of America. So much to paint.
December 29, 2018 at 13:08 #97492
Thats a great sketch Alex, especially using moleskin sketchbook paper. i have gone off using it because if you like to use lots of water as i do it doesnt handle that well, so using a dryer paint works better, seems you found a good balance and produced a succesful sketch, well done
December 30, 2018 at 03:17 #97499
Thanks Annette. I can’t wait when my moleskin is out of pages:) I’m surprised to see so many people seem like it.
December 30, 2018 at 12:39 #97500
Nice painting and the sky is so typical of moleskune. I haven’t used mine in a while but i know its a challenge with the paint not stickng well. What are you using for paints? My recollection is that my Cotman travel set did better than my normal WN professional paints.
I wonder if there are videos on how to paint in a moleskine?
the mountains are great. Maybe you’ll post the same painting on real paper along with the sketch so we can see the difference in papers.
December 31, 2018 at 17:41 #97511
You’re absolutely right David! Cotman works better on this paper. I use Prussian blue MGrahm and this pigment is so active as soon as you touch anything wet it runs in with speed of sound 🙂 but cotman is completely different. It’s more like ultramarine blue not so violent and stays where you put it. I really don’t care anymore fore this behavior of some M Graham paints. There quite a few of them being just so active. Thanks for your input!
December 31, 2018 at 05:20 #97501
Super nice Alex. Moleskin paper is awful. But it does keep you fresh because it can’t be worked. It’s ok for color sketching and making notes. Sounds like a lovely day though.
December 31, 2018 at 17:35 #97510
Thanks everybody for friendly visit. It’s good to have you here guys!
January 2, 2019 at 12:51 #97515
Lovely painting well done. Love they style and love seeing different parts of the world
Take time to look and make sure you see.
January 8, 2019 at 12:06 #97520
There’s someone on Ebay who makes handmade sketchbooks with Arches watercolor paper. They are great! Just search for Watercolor field books. His seller name is ran2424.
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January 8, 2019 at 17:23 #97523
Thanks Paula! I just got myself a Christmas present. It’s a Kilimanjaro natural white watercolor sketchbook. 25 sheets of real 140lb cold press paper. Spiral bound. I like it quite a bit. But I think it’s my last one. I just want to stick with my 1/8 imperial. It’s just right size for what I sketch.
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