Vertical experiment

In the David Curtis book I am reading he quotes watercolourist Edward Wesson on the subject of success in watercolour painting: “Four out of ten if you are lucky!”. So true.

I have a tabletop easel and thought I might try painting on a vertical surface instead of the usual 20% incline that I normally use. I love working vertically because you can really see what you are doing and you have a tendency to step back more frequently to look at the work, but as you can see, the washes have a tendency to drip. After yesterday’s sketch which was too tight and too controlled, I was happy to have a few drips on my paper.


19 Comments on “Vertical experiment”

  1. Jeff Gold says:

    Hi Shari, You may think that Little House on the Lake was too tight but I think it has great charm and a nice balance of “tight” pen work and looser washes which together combine nicely to make a satisfying composition. I love your stylized trees. In “Vertical Experiment” you once again take mundane objects and give them personality. Thanks for sharing.


    • I guess we are all more critical of our own work than others may be Jeff. I always want to have a combo of loose line work and loose washes so that’s why I was moaning about my little house sketch. I don’t know if this happens to you but I often have a picture in my head of how the final product should look and that one just didn’t match what I wanted.


  2. Chris Rusk says:

    I love your paintings/sketches. Viewing each one is like receiving a new present every day. Thanks again … Until tomorrow …


  3. Marion says:

    Hi Shari,
    I really like the limited palette with these fruits and it seems so different in treatment from the little house.


  4. John Bartoldus says:

    “…yesterday’s sketch was too controlled.” No wonder I loved it. I laugh every time I see you critique your work. Betcha Edward Hooper did the same thing! Jacques in Naples, Florida


  5. Jim says:

    Love the bright colors.


  6. CharlieAmra says:

    What a fun little still life. Love the vibrant colors.


  7. tmikeporter says:

    I am also starting to paint vertically for the same reasons. Stepping back; keeps me from getting too detailed; I am looser with the brush. Drips are good!


    • Yes, drips are great!! Glad to hear that you are painting vertically too. It really depends on how much wash you have on your brush because it can get out of control, but I like that too.


  8. Mary Sanchez says:

    wonderful contrasts.


  9. Jean Canavan says:

    Love the drips! And the wonderful sunny atmosphere!


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