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Watercolor Sketching at the Kitchen Counter (and Art Links for you)

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This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco’s Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

a still life in watercolor with a hanging vase of flowers, near a window looking towards a neighboring house

Consider Brevity – Short Painting Sessions After Dinner

I’m much obliged this week so this is brief; I have a watercolor sketch, a few great links for you, and a question too.

This is a kitchen counter watercolor sketch (above). I painted incrementally, after dinner, over a few nights, at the kitchen counter. Have you tried working small, in bite-sized sessions after dinner? It’s the BEST way to wind down a day.

The scene is a corner in my kitchen, with alstroemeria in the sunshine, and my neighbor’s adorable red house playing hide and seek with the flowers around the window-frame.

An ipad with a reference photo, a 6x8 inch watercolor sketch in early layers, a travel palette of watercolors, a rinse cup and a paint brush
Using a photo on my ipad as fodder for the beginnings of a quick sketch on the kitchen counter after dinner. This is a simple set up: paper (this watercolor block), watercolors (this travel palette), a few brushes and rinse water. You’ve got that, right?

Press the Refresh Button

It’s April already, and by now, resolutions for your increased creative output may have rolled into next week and next month by encroaching events on the calendar. Yes? I feel your pain(t).

But really, let’s yank that goal back into focus, because painting watercolors is important. We need the practice, and the respite that comes with making art. It’s not too late.

Have you tried painting small, and in mini-sessions? That’s what this painting is – an incremental watercolor. Small scale, on a watercolor block, with a tiny travel palette and a plastic rinse cup, at the kitchen counter. I worked for about thirty minutes over a couple of evenings after dinner.

A watercolor sketch on a kitchen counter next to a small travel palette, a rinse cup for the paint, a brush and an empty glass of wine
Another evening at the counter… Being careful not to confuse the rinse water with the glass of wine.

Watercolor Sketching in a watercolor sketchbook

Feast Your Eyes – Start Your Engines

  • If you enjoy classical realism, and you’re interested in the art emerging from new painters around the world, the Art Renewal Center is a place to browse. Their Annual Salon is a Who’s Who of exceptional artists. Browse all the categories – Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Figurative, Landscape, Plien Air, and Still Life. You’ll find a comprehensive list in the side bar. It’s a feast for your eyes.

  • Textile artist Joseph Pitcher has written tips to start your engine, and his message is spot on. If you need a dose of Refresh on your creative endeavor plans, read this.

A watercolor sketch of a kitchen counter
Working on watercolor paintings based on snapshots of my kitchen on a sunny day, with reflections of the sky on the counter.

Get Back to Making Watercolors

If this year of staying home has been a fender-bender in your art-making process, here is some reading to jump-start you back to making watercolors again.

Working small, practicing the translation of value studies in watercolor sketches

A Watercolor Painting Question

If you paint with watercolor, would a video course on using a grid system to get your drawing done more accuratley as a map underneath your painting be helpful to you?

I’d like to build a course on how to use a simplified grid system, to show the way it helps structure a watercolor painting from the beginning.

Using a grid also helps organize the painting part of the process by fencing out distractions, and I can demonstrates that in a still life painting in a video course. Please share your ideas and insights about a new course in the comments.

Thanks for visiting today, and I’ll see you in the next post,


P.S. Watercolor painter Shari Blaukopf has a series of courses available at very reasonable prices, and this one is about Sketching with Luminous Color in Watercolors.

a watercolor of flowers by a window and part of a neighboring house by belinda delpesco
Hide and Seek, 6×8 inch watercolor sketch (available here)

Watercolor Sketch in a watercolor sketchbook

Art Quote

Every hour spent in drawing was an hour given to a sacred task. An artist knows he must give his whole self to his art. This is his morality, and though in sinning against it, he may appear virtuous in the world’s eyes, he knows better. ‘He was too lazy to write a sonnet, so he made a revolution.’ Happily a full day’s work brings back self-respect.

William Rothenstein

Watercolor sketching at the kitchen counter

Here is a free download all about watercolor paper

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