I completed the second group of ten paintings in the 30x30directwatercolor2018 challenge. I’m using acrylic paint instead and in this group of ten I referred to my sketchbook b/w drawings that were done after walking in the mall out of the winter weather last January and February. I’m convinced the direct painting without lines is getting easier. I’ve been painting a black underpainting and then refining things as I cover that with color, leaving some black visible and adding further details afterwards, still with the brush.

Day 17: After Mall #26

Day 18: After Mall #24

Day 19: After Mall #10

Day 20: After Mall #29

30x30directwatercolor2018 (acrylic used)

Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad; acrylic

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After the coffee break. Sketching helps with speakers who have graphs.

After the lunch break. She cracked everybody up a few times.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

Time for the annual American Society for Microbiology and an opportunity to earn a clump of continuing education credits at one sitting.

Before things started they fed us breakfast. I hooked up with a couple of my co-workers.

The second speaker. Point of Care Testing. Sigh.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

More small paintings for the 30x30directwatercolor2018 (acrylic) referring to b/w ink sketches I did in the mall this past winter.

13: After Mall #3

14: After Mall #6

15: After Mall #5

16: After Mall #19

30x30directwatercolor2018 (acrylic used).

Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad; acrylic

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

These are still part of the 30x30directwatercolor2018 challenge except my direct painting has now veered entirely into acrylic with just a minor touch, or not, of gouache to add a particular effect. There are no, cross my heart, line drawings underneath the paint. Everything is done with a brush and, I’m pretty sure it’s not my imagination, it seems to have gotten easier. (!)

#9 After Leon Spilliaert, “The Rumor, Wifes (sic) of Fishermen on the Quay”. Reference photo used.

This one I loved painting. Look at it – right up my alley. Not everyone is going to be as happy as I am though. This Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad has only 10 pages. Eight of the paintings I like. The first two paintings (trees!) which I did outside from direct observation, I never did like. Came to hate them. Didn’t consider them part of the challenge. They were screwing with the other paintings – upsetting the “dialogue”. So, #9 was painted over Park #2 which no longer exists.

#10 After Inger Sitter, “Café Scene”. Reference photo used.

I loved doing this even more than #9 and it was painted over Park #1 which has been totally obliterated. Good riddance! The pad is now full of 10 tiny paintings that get along with each other.

I started a new pad and decided to refer to my black/white small Moleskine sketches for the next 10 paintings.

#11 After Mall #61. I still remember them – they were sharing a meal.

#12 After Mall #7. Something was missing so I added the hand carved coffee cup stamps.

30x30directwatercolor2018 (acrylic used).

Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad; acrylic, hand carved stamps (#12)

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen