Sunday, February 22, 2009

French Window

French Window
Originally uploaded by linfrye
A few weeks ago there was a bit of dicussion here about 'shapes' in watercolor. A bit over a year ago a friend suggested that I look up the chart of watercolor tips by Tom Lynch. I love the results Tom achieves by linking 'shapes' though his 'first colorful wash' .. and though I understood those concepts, I couldn't seem to move past that stage very successfully.

Yesterday I ran across a demo by Allan Kirk ( that seemed to give me whatever it was I was needed to move past my own 'block.'

I altered the demo scene a bit to work on this window using the 'first bright wash' method professed by Lynch and demonstrated a bit more to my understanding by Kirk (mercy, learning can be such a long process sometimes! LOL). I find painting this way a tad counter-intuitive --though
I'm pleased with the results.

As time permits today, I want to try a similiar scene using my more intuitive approach ... just to compare the two.

I think what I am learning over and over again is that there are many approaches to painting - all with results that can be pleasing and fun, and it really comes down to individual likes and dislikes and what works for you. Still, every lesson adds something to the learner -- thus, I think, keeping the entire process fresh and fun.

Have a great Sunday.


Anonymous said...

Oh I just love the colors and impressionistic style. You just keep adding more and more to your techniques. You continue to amaze me Lin. And, yes, it seems like each book or each author I read, has a specific technique they've developed (some more than others). But many just keep doing the same thing over and over -- very well of course, but you keep trying new ones and master them all. Bravo for you.

Teri C said...

It is really beautiful Lin! Keep going at it.

Joan said...

Great job on the window, Lin!!! Nice color and I think you incorporated the Tom Lynch idea well. It is fun to try things as other people do them, but I know I tend to adopt a little of their ideas to add to mine.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This turned out great. The journey is truely the fun part of the trip. I seem to pick up just little bits from here and there ... attempting to come up with my own style *wink.

Nancy said...

This is very beautiful. Love the sun lit streaks on the wall/window. I have Lynch's book as well and I agree about the learning process. Thanks for the link for the other artist. I will have to check it out. BEATUFIUL WORK!!!