Watercolor Painting

I love watercolors, but it's time for me to say my goodbyes

Over the last few years, I've been MIA in the art world. I've developed a series of health iddues ranging from several alleged benign tumors to nerve damage from what doctors believe is an autoimmune disorder.

Unfortunately, I believed that in due time, I would recover from my ailments and return back to my wonderful world of colorful watercolors. I'm sad to say that I've made my peace and that will not be an option.

 With any type of paint medium, there is still the risk of toxic pigments no matter how small the risk is. Certain shades of cadmium red and magnesium blue for example have been know to cause cancer and correlated with health issues just with any type of exposure. I'm not telling you to give up painting but, for me at least, I can no longer take the risk. Everybody's body reacts differently to paints/chemicals so, perhaps, mine was just not ok with exposure to paints despite painting for ~3 years. I'm not even going to get into the toxicity of liquid fluid mask, paint medium, and other paint thinners. I think my body is rebelling and telling me it's time to move on (haha).

 I'll miss watercolors but maybe I can still use color pencils? I'll keep all my paintings on my site but there will be no more new ones to post.

 

 

The Importance of Color Charts

The Importance of Color Charts

When I first started painting, I didn't have a clue on where to lay out my colors on the palette or distinguish between a cool and warm version of the same color. I ended up with multiple blue paint tubes that would eventually turn out to be all warm blues once I learned the difference. That's where a color chart comes in handy!

"Go Fish" - A Story of How I Began

"Go Fish" - A Story of How I Began

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a Lifetime"

A series of unfortunate circumstances have occurred in my life toward the end of December (which is why you've probably seen a decline in blog posts.) I apologize for the lack of art updates but please follow me on Facebook or Instagram for brief photo updates. The string of events that occurred in December allowed me to realize that not many know how to "fish for himself/herself"

Wednesday Walkthrough: Moon Flower Collab!

Wednesday Walkthrough: Moon Flower Collab!

Happy New Year everyone! I know it's been awhile since my last post but everything was quite hectic in my life during these past months. Here's to new beginnings and betters things in the new year!

I recently finished a coloring entry for Camilla d'Errico's Moonflower lineart back in November and I want to share the steps I took. Unfortunately, I didn't win this contest but the experience was thrilling and I loved it. 

Porcelain Watercolor Palettes

Porcelain Watercolor Palettes

     A few posts ago, I blogged about the current palettes in my studio and how I love big mixing spaces. Well, today I stopped by a local art store (Davinci Artist Supply) and stumbled upon this giant beautiful porcelain palette that resembled the Tom Lynch Porcelain Palette without all the brush holders. I had extreme difficulty resisting the urge to just pull out my money and walk out the door with it given that porcelain palettes are usually $50+ for any size over 12"

Lots of Sketching!

Lots of Sketching!

With my newfound journals lately, I find myself eager to sketch and brimming with colorful ideas. Usually, I paint apples or flowers but I have been leaning toward painting animals or landscapes these days. 

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Recently, I've been feeling very drained and burned out which led to more experimentation with a "loose" painting style since I was too lazy to really plan a proper composition or detailed realistic painting. Abstract art (in my own POV) is basically art that conveys a strong mood or atmosphere rather than conveying the actual subject. Subjects are always gestured in abstract paintings and never fully completed or painted in detail.

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 3: Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 3: Watercolor Brushes

Brushes are like an extension of your arm so it is crucial to invest in the right type of brushes suited for your artwork. There are many types of watercolor brushes but most of them fall under three categories: synthetic, blended (mix of synthetic and real hair), and natural hair (squirrel, sable etc.) 

Kolinsky sable brushes are the most expensive and top notch quality brushes you can find for painting.

Painting with Qor Watercolors

Painting with Qor Watercolors

I recently posted about the Qor Watercolors samples compared to other brands like M. Graham paints or WInsor Newton but I ended up buying the Introductory 12 set to play with. I had a 40% off coupon for Blick and couldn't resist.

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 2: Paints!

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 2: Paints!

The quality and brand of watercolor paint you buy is without a doubt, the second most important part to painting successfully. Artist grade paints contain more pigment and less filler than student grade paints. However, the number one rule with anything is to buy only the best that you can afford. It's a waste to spend hundreds of dollars and expect to be a successful painter overnight when "the core of painting successfully lies within the artist".