Albany Bulb Beach, Watercolor 12x12"

Albany Bulb Beach, Watercolor 12x12"

I wanted to try to bring to life the image in my mind from painting last weekend at Albany Bulb because  I didn’t feel I’d really captured it in the oil painting I did.  Since I’m going to be teaching a watercolor class starting  October 17, I thought I’d give it a go in watercolor.

There are so many different approaches one can take when working in watercolor, from very slowly and precisely painting every detail, to working in many layers of transparent glazes, to loose, free and juicy washes, and everything in between. I like all approaches, and especially enjoy the meditative  experience of painting each petal of a flower separately, taking weeks to finish a painting. But tonight I just wanted to go for it, working quickly and completing the painting in one session.  I started at the sky and worked my way down.

Albany bulb beach photo

Albany bulb beach photo

For reference I used the image in my mind to Photoshop the photo I’d taken, moving things, deleting things, changing the colors to try to get it to look like I remember the day.

Perhaps the painting needs more or perhaps I should have stopped sooner? I won’t know for sure until I look at it for a few days (or until one of you kindly points out what I’ve missed!)

Meanwhile I have several posts just crying out to be written but this has been a very busy week, with day job overload and catching up on things so they will have to wait until tomorrow.

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  1. Wow, Jana!! SCORE! This is wonderful! When you described the different kinds of watercolor I thought this would be one of the take your time, paint every petal on the flower. This is a wonderful painting, perfect in every way to my eyes! Making art after a stressful week is such good medicine!

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  2. Indeed, WOW, Jana! The atmosphere is full of enjoyment and involvement of the people and animals– and I love the light.
    annie

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  3. Jana–

    You captured the light, the air & water. This painting has such
    a freshness to it. Bravo!

    Sonia

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    • Thanks Sonia, I’m glad you liked it. I was worried that I’d lost some of the freshness with the last half hour’s fiddling when I should have just left it alone. I was happy with the light in the painting. Jana

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  4. What a lovely juicy painting! Also, I’d like to crop the top half and see how that looks also.
    Re photoshop, I don’t have it, but if I did I would NEVER get any housework done. Photo-edit is enough for now.
    Wendy

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  5. Wow. This is wonderful. Hey u i am happy to see you here. U have Nice Blog Thank for sharing

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