Sunday, February 5, 2012

My Husband's Porcelain in Watercolor

While working on an oil painting of nearby Turtle Peak yesterday, I took a break for lunch and while sitting at the dinning room table I felt inspired to try a sketchbook page in watercolor of my husband's beautiful calico glazed porcelain. We have an old wooden chest near the window and it is covered with dozens of his pots. I have always liked the haphazard way they form interesting compositions. This vignette is painted in a new Fabriano Venezia sketchbook of fine drawing paper. The paper is really nice to work on. A colored pencil line just glides on and it has just the right amount of texture. I was surprised how well it takes the watercolor as well, but lifting back to light is really not possible so I added the highlight reflections with a little gouache.