Monday, April 21, 2014

Ocean Dreams

Ocean Dreams III
watercolor
7.5 x 9.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Here is my most recent painting, dreaming of the sea and watching the waves move over the sand in the soft early morning light.

My postings have been lacking here lately as I have been busy with moving my elderly mother into her new home. And all I am going to say is that it hasn't been going smoothly. Not even close. I have managed some sketches these past few weeks and I am hoping to return to more regular postings soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

sketchbook :: a practice sketch

In my 12 x 9 inch Kilimanjaro sketchbook, I am working on establishing my dark values more quickly when I paint, with this sketch from a photo of Edisto marshes. I am not entirely pleased with this one but do like the sky.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

sketchbook :: more flowers

Even though we celebrated the first day of spring last week, our weather is under the impression that it is still winter. Longing for color and lightness, I picked up a bouquet of flowers at the grocery, because. . . well, I felt I deserved them.

Friday, March 21, 2014

sketchbook :: crocus

On an errand to the grocery, the Professor and Kiddo came home with these wonderfully cheerful crocus bulbs blooming in a Dutch styled ceramic clog. Just the thing for the icy, gray days we've had way too many of lately.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sea and Sky III

Sea and Sky III
watercolor
8 x 8 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I am finally calling this one finished. It's the sort of painting I could tinker with endlessly with all the little splashes and bubbles. It is a view captured when standing on a jetty at the beach, watching the waves splash upward against the rocks while catching the early morning sunlight.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sea and Sky II

Sea and Sky
watercolor
8 x 8 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Here is the second piece completed in  my Sea and Sky series. I am challenging myself with these by adding more complex details to the two elements of water and sky. I like the simplicity of the compositions, with one calm, flat horizon dividing the space.

I have already begun the third painting for this series. Here is a snippet of it in progress.
Lots more to do yet. The initial washes are in and I have begun working in those areas where the masking fluid was removed. I am slowly adding definition to the splashy and foamy bits. This will take a while.

Monday, March 10, 2014

sketchbook :: quinacridone sampler

This past Saturday I picked up a little sampler set of American Journey Quinacridone colors, selected from the four sampler sets available at Cheap Joe's. Eager to play I began by making a chart of the colors included in the sampler. Then I experimented with a few mixes. (The colors aren't exactly accurate in this photo, the reds appear a little more violet than they actually are.) Next I tried a few mixes with my trusty Ultramarine Blue. I love that gray in the top mix of Ultramarine and Quin Sienna, and the green mixed from Ultramarine and Quin Gold Deep is very nice too.
Having done that it was time to try them out in a sketch. The late afternoon light on the hillside across the way as viewed from my dining table was perfect for playing with those vibrant and earthy Quinacridone colors. Again, I only added Ultramarine Blue to the mix for the greens and blue sky.
I currently have only one quinacridone in my palette, Quin Gold, which you can see I checked off on the chart. Having tried these samples I would now like to add one or two more, perhaps to replace current colors in my palette. The violets and reds are lovely, but I really do like the Sienna and Gold Deep for the mixing possibilities. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

one for me

Beach Walk
watercolor
6 x 10 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Sometimes you just need to do a little something for yourself. I have had this image saved to paint for a while now. My daughter, walking along the beach, swinging her bag of found sea shells.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

sketchbook :: down by the river

This past Sunday afternoon's weather was such a contrast to the Sunday before, when we had 10 inches of snow on the ground. No sledding this Sunday, it was 60 degrees and sunny, so we took the dogs out for a walk at a nearby park. The walking trail follows the South Fork of the New River for a bit and has been extended since I was last there. As we approached the end of the path we could hear a very loud noise. We thought it might be birds. It sounded kind of like wild turkeys. Lots and lots of very loud turkeys. Beside the path, at the base of a wooded hillside, was a boggy spot. I crept over to the water's edge and saw the source of all that racket - frogs! The little pond was filled with frogs! By coincidence, we learned that evening from a local friend's post on Facebook, that they were Wood Frogs. Awakened from their frozen slumber by the warm weather they were in full singing voice, all wearing their little Zorro masks.

I sketched the view of the river from a photo after returning home from our walk. The frog I added later, from various references, and sort of looks like a Wood Frog. It will do.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

watercolor washes again

I am still enjoying this exercise of painting these quick little watercolor washes.
They are interesting to me as color studies.
And I find it enjoyable to paint without expectations. Just allowing the color to flow on the paper.
These are all watercolor only in my small Cachet sketchbook.

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