June 15, 2015

A view of Union High

This little watercolor I began plein air and finished in the studio, keeping it as much a pure treatment as possible, with only minor dabs of white opaque in the end.

I quite like the way a small painting can present almost a window or portal into another place. That is the power of a small painting. Although painting as a rule is founded on good drawing, it could be said more so for smaller paintings and certainly in this medium.

I have taken these photos trying to avoid the glare from the glass, below is a sense of the detail. 


June 14, 2015

To make a picture frame

  To anyone considering frames, here is what I have worked out about them. I had the idea to make some myself, with the help of a very proficient carpenter, but having no real understanding between us;  or honestly much mind of what may be involved prior to, I set to writing down, or brainstorming if you were, the following: 

  Pg 1

  Pg 2

I found it was quite a useful exercise and the results good too. It is however mostly concerned with the aesthetics of a frame and infact only one half of my findings so far! I will make notes on the other half of it in just a while.