Sunday, May 1, 2011

Waikiki In Watercolor #1 and #2

                                                               5" x 7" Watercolor Study #1

Earlier this week two "firsts" happened !  For the first time in my life I painted en pleine aire , a French term for simply painting outdoors whatever you happened to be focused on.   The second "first" was .... it was the first time I had painted in watercolors in a very long time.    This is the first painting from that endeavor, and I had a grand time with it.   I found a nice shady spot in Waikiki looking towards the Waianae mountains and had a go at it.   I enjoyed it so much that I went back this Saturday morning (yesterday) and composed the painting below.

                                                          5" x 7" Watercolor Study #2

Both of these studies could use a little more touch up work; especially the horizon line on Study #2, but wanted to share what I have been up to lately.    I just began both of these paintings by laying in thin washes of color without sketching the scene first in pencil.    Seascapes come natural to paint for me which is why I chose these two for my first try at watercolor in ages.   As time goes on and I paint more pleine aire  studies,  I will chose more elaborate beach scenes or whatever strikes my fancy.   May try painting at the Honolulu Zoo if they will allow me to do that; will have to check into it.   There are many possibilities for subject matter in Waikiki and all over the island, for that matter.

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