NYC Watertowers

The haze of the city still permeates the air as the summer comes to a close. From Union Square Park I looked uptown through the trees and spied these rooftop water towers. So quintesentially NYC.

The trick was to capture that hazy summer sky and the deep shadows that were falling fast on everything.

Of course I did a notan to freeze the shadows and have reference for them. Then I made sure to use lots of analogous colors and their complementary colors for the shadows. I can remember how beautiful it all looked and I hope that it gets translated in the picture for my viewers.

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Onions and Boku-Undo E-Sumi Watercolor Paint

I brought some onions down to the studio about a month ago for my students to paint. I keep moving them from the desk to the bookshelf, making room for other projects and bringing them back when needed. Tonight while waiting for my computer to right itself, I took a few stabs at them.

My first efforts involved testing out and using a new set of watercolors I recently ordered. (They are pictured below). There are 6 colors, all in shades of black, ie: yellow black, blue black etc. Above you see the red black in the right onion and the yellow and green blacks in the left one. They are quite moody looking veggies! I felt the sketch was in a good place but somehow looked a little sterile. I decided to go off the deep end and throw caution to the wind by adding the formidable, Chinese black ink.

I actually think these are both more successful and more interesting. I used a fairly large flat dry brush and let it do it’s thing. I find late at night, (for some, its very early in the morning), I am more willing to take chances on something. Be my better, little looser self perhaps.

The paints are Japanese and move a little slower and a bit more opaquely then European/American watercolors do. They are quite dark looking. I think their best use might be tonal studies. That will be my next effort with them. I bought them online, and they were not an expensive aquisition.

Boku Undo Paints


I’d love to here from anyone what their experiences have been with the Boku Undo Paints, and how long have you kept a pair of onions in your studio?

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The Rooster’s Home

Back at the Milleridge Inn Restaurant on Long Island I am hanging out with the roosters again. Its a quick ride from my house so as long as it’s warm enough to stay in the mobile studio without running the engine to keep it warm, I pop over in between the stuff I am supposed to be doing during the day.

The Barn

I have been experimenting with composition. I worked for a pretty famous comic book artist many years ago and It got me to thinking about comic book page layouts. I want to bend the rules a bit and journal in a visual manner. Tell the story of what I see without using words. There is always the big image/emotion of what drew you in; the visual that caught your eye and said, “paint me”. But, then as you are painting, you start to notice all these other things that are really cool and you want to include them too. So I have begun to play with framing; using frames to highlight, or call out other interesting things or close up details from the main picture.

The iconoclast drive thru

Here is another experimentation with framing. I feel like I am on to something, but it still needs some refining. Well, I guess, the next entry will tell. Have you thought about mixing things up a little? I am wondering what you did, and how it worked. Please comment below.

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