Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Latest Buoy Tangle - Watercolor

I am currently working on another "Buoy Tangle" or "Buoy Knot" series.  A great deal of care goes into the design of the drawing.  After drawing the scene, the first thing I do is to begin to establish the masses and shapes according to their color and value.  Here is an image of the under painting:

"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
In this particular instance, the "negative" shape or background around the objects begins with a light wash with a gray or purple cast.  As opposed to bare white paper, this seems to help me see the colors reflecting from objects in the scene.  I start with the blue, followed by red, and finally yellow.



"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
The buoy on the right has a purple shape mixed from red and blue.  At this point, the other shapes have a single color and the relative values and color relationships seem to suggest a scene on a foggy morning with diffuse sunlight.  From here on, it will be important to maintain the painting in successive "finished" states by painting over the whole scene over and over again until colors are as strong as possible.

The following day, I worked a little more on the painting, again painting over everything except the background.

"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
The first two images on this page are of a painting illuminated by an LED lamp.  The above image was taken with available light on a cloudy day inside.  Under this light, the background looks lighter and more blue than purple.  In spite of this "white shift", you can still see that the colors are stronger.

After a couple more sessions, here is another image under LED lighting:


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
More detail and stronger colors are displayed in this image.  Maintaining color relationships is even more important now.  Here is the latest image after adding more blue.


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress

For the next session, I will catch up on the yellow, red, and green.  After another session, more yellow and red have been added.



"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress

The value and color relationships don't appear to have changed much while the overall strength of the colors is increasing during every session.  For the negative space occupied by the water, blue wash is used to add water waves.

"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
After a light wash of red over the whole negative space around the buoys, more dark lines and detail are added.



"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
Today, I added more detail in several areas and washed a little more into the negative space.


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
After working on some other paintings for a while, I have returned to this Buoy Tangle to balance colors a little more.  Here is an image after today's work:


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
As you can see, the paper is now off the block and a little curled.  It will flatten out again in the mat and frame.






Friday, November 6, 2015

Red Blue White Buoy - Watercolor

This is a lobster buoy reflecting on the surface of the water.  The water and buoy are also reflecting the colors of sunset.

 
Red Blue White Buoy - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
Red Blue White Buoy - Watercolor by Paul Sherman




Thursday, November 5, 2015

Before The Fire - Watercolor

The subject of this painting, the red fish houses, is no longer in existence.  I made the painting before there was a fire that spread over toward the shore and burned all of the buildings in this painting except the house in the background.  I am glad I painted this when I did.  This is how the scene looked from across the river.

"Before The Fire" - Watercolor
"Before The Fire" - Watercolor




Sunset Reflecting In The Water - Watercolor

This is a painting of water reflecting the colors of a sunset.  If you gaze at this painting, you can visualize the sunset the water is reflecting.

"Just Water" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Sunset Reflecting In The Water" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Freeway Morning - Watercolor

Here is a subject I have always wanted to paint.  My son has taken many great photos of sunrises on the freeway and this painting is based on one of them.  I think it is the triangular design of the pattern of oncoming headlights that is so appealing.


"Freeway Morning" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman
"Freeway Morning" - 14" x 20" - Watercolor by Paul Sherman



Monday, November 2, 2015

Pink And Yellow Buoy - Watercolor

This painting has been "in the works" for a long time.  I think I have finally completed it.  Final additions include adding some sunset skylight reflecting from water and buoy and in the shadows under the water's surface.  It is also necessary to establish consistent values for the purple shadows and blue sky reflections.  The mutual reflections at the water/buoy boundary are also more completely developed.



"Pink And Yellow Buoy" - Watercolor
"Pink And Yellow Buoy" - 14" x 20" - Watercolor
You can compare the above version with a previous "under-painting" below.

Under-Painting For "Pink And Yellow Buoy" - Watercolor
Under-Painting For "Pink And Yellow Buoy" - Watercolor
Here is an even older version of the same painting.


Older Under-Painting For "Pink And Yellow Buoy" - Watercolor
Older Under-Painting For "Pink And Yellow Buoy" - Watercolor




Max The Cat - Watercolor

I have been working on this painting of Max The Cat for quite a long time.  This fall, we had extraordinary foliage on almost every deciduous tree or shrub that grows.  Besides, hunting season has begun.  Max is hunting in this painting, trying not to be seen next to the white fence and trying not to rustle the fallen leaves.

"Max The Cat" - 14" x 20" - Watercolor By Paul Sherman
"Max The Cat" - 14" x 20" - Watercolor By Paul Sherman


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Summer Water - Watercolor

Here is a painting I have been working on for a long time.  I believe few people have ever seen the water when it looks like this and so I wanted to make a watercolor painting that would capture what I have seen myself.

"Summer Water" - Watercolor By Paul Sherman
"Summer Water" - Watercolor By Paul Sherman

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sailing A Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point - Watercolor

I recently reworked this painting to bring sunlight into play and generally warm up the scene.


Sailing A Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Sailing A Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Before rework, the painting looked like this:

Sailing A Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point - Watercolor 14" x 20" - Before Warming
Sailing A Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point - Watercolor 14" x 20" - Before Warming
The sails and sky are essentially white in the original version.  The reworked version has the effect of lighting up the sky and the sails.

1947 Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor

Here is a watercolor painting of a 1947 Chevrolet Truck.

1947 Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor - 14" x 20"
1947 Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor - 14" x 20"
Before warming, here is how this painting looked:

1947 Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor - 14" x 20" - Before Warming
1947 Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor - 14" x 20" - Before Warming
This is perhaps a subtle effect, but I still believe the reworking was worthwhile.

Pocket Knife - Watercolor

Years ago, I painted a watercolor of a pocket knife.  I reworked it recently to try to warm up the painting.  Here is the painting now:

Pocket Knife - Watercolor - 14" x 20"
Pocket Knife - Watercolor - 14" x 20"
Here is the painting before reworking:

Pocket Knife - Watercolor - 14" x 20" - Before Warming
Pocket Knife - Watercolor - 14" x 20" - Before Warming
Here, the effect of warming up the painting is more subtle than in some of the others but still there.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Live Lobster - Just Caught - Watercolor

Here is a live lobster right after it was caught.  I have had this painting for quite a long time and recently reworked it, along with several other paintings, by "warming up" the entire painting.


Live Lobster - Watercolor - 13" x 20"
Live Lobster - Watercolor - 13" x 20"

I posted the live lobster painting several years ago at http://www.homedetective.com/Lobster-Watercolor.jpg.  Here is that image:


Live Lobster - Watercolor - 13" x 20" - Before Reworking
Live Lobster - Watercolor - 13" x 20" - Before Reworking
Warming up the painting seems to put new life into it.  It also seems more three-dimensional after re-working.  This exercise, as long as it took, has been very enlightening.  In the expanded view you get by clicking on either one of the above images, try clicking between "1" and "2" to get the full effect of this "warming".



Winter Scene At South Bristol Coop - Watercolor

Here is a painting I have been working on for a long time.  These are dinghies upside down on a float at the South Bristol Fishermen's Coop.  They are upside down so they won't fill up with snow and ice.  On this winter day, the sun was strong and the float warmed up enough to melt some of the ice and snow.



South Bristol Coop - Dinghies On Float - Watercolor - 14" x 20"
South Bristol Coop - Dinghies On Float - Watercolor - 14" x 20"

This is a winter scene, but the sun is out and warms up the scene.  Here is this painting before I reworked it.


South Bristol Coop - Dinghies On Float - Watercolor - 14" x 20" - Before Warming
South Bristol Coop - Dinghies On Float - Watercolor - 14" x 20" - Before Warming
The version "Before Warming" is a nice drawing but largely "flat" three-dimensionally, more like the way it might look on a cloudy, overcast winter day.  When the sun comes out, it pours life into the scene.








Monday, June 22, 2015

Maine Art Gallery Opening - Wiscasset Art Walk

I have some paintings on exhibit at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine.  Here is a graphic for the event prepared by one of the exhibiting artists:
Maine Art Gallery Exhibit Opening - 2015 June 25th, 5PM to 9PM
Maine Art Gallery Exhibit Opening - 2015 June 25th, 5PM to 9PM

The Maine Art Gallery is listed with the Wiscasset Art Walk.  Here is one of my paintings now on display at the Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren Street, Wiscasset, Maine:
Watercolor by Paul Sherman at Maine Art Gallery
Watercolor by Paul Sherman at Maine Art Gallery

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Lobster Boat "Sarah Louise" Revisited, a Before and After Example

I have been going over several watercolor paintings lately to improve the color.
Here is the most recent, before and after:

Lobster Boat "Sarah Louise" Belfast Harbor 7" x 10" - Before
Lobster Boat "Sarah Louise" Belfast Harbor 7" x 10" - Before
Lobster Boat "Sarah Louise" Belfast Harbor 7" x 10" - After
Lobster Boat "Sarah Louise" Belfast Harbor 7" x 10" - After
Overall, I like the result of the "going-over".  This is a good thing because, although it is straightforward to add to a watercolor, I have not found a way to remove color after it is there and dry.  The pigments I use have a tendency to stay put, even wet, but particularly after they have thoroughly dried.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Small Works Series - 5" x 7"

Here are some of my 5" x 7" watercolor paintings.



Carter's Dories in Boothbay Harbor - Watercolor 5" x 7"
Carter's Dories in Boothbay Harbor - Watercolor 5" x 7"



Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Watercolor 5" x 7"
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Watercolor 5" x 7"




Three Buoys - Watercolor - 5" x 7"
Three Buoys - Watercolor - 5" x 7"

My Small Works Series 5" x 5" and Smaller

There appears to be a movement toward painting small works.  I have been working on some small paintings.  Here is one of a lobster boat at anchor in New Harbor.



Lobster Boat At Anchor in New Harbor - Watercolor 3" x 5"
Lobster Boat At Anchor in New Harbor - Watercolor 3" x 5"
I also have several small series of seagull portraits. There are four of the following seagull that I painted more-or-less at the same time.  They are all slightly different.  Two of the four are facing toward the right, two are facing the left.  Here is one of the right-facing seagulls:


Seagull at Alewife Run - 1 of 2 - Watercolor 5" x 5"
Seagull at Alewife Run - 1 of 2 - Watercolor 5" x 5"
I painted another series of four, two each right facing and left facing, of a seagull pair at Pemaquid Point. Here is one of those:


Seagull Pair at Pemaquid Point - 1 of 2 - Watercolor "5 x 5"
Seagull Pair at Pemaquid Point - 1 of 2 - Watercolor "5 x 5"

Monday, February 16, 2015

1947 Chevrolet Truck Revisited

Here is the old Chevy Truck reworked:


Old Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Old Chevrolet Truck - Watercolor 14" x 20"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Friendship Sloop Revisited

Here is a Friendship Sloop sailing in the Damariscotta River and approaching Farnham Point in East Boothbay.


Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point, East Boothbay - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Friendship Sloop Off Farnham Point, East Boothbay - Watercolor 14" x 20"

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Water Music" Reworked: The Latest Completed Buoy Painting

Here is the latest work completed today:

Surrealistic Water Music - Watercolor 18"x24"
Surrealistic Water Music - Watercolor 18"x24"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Recent Work Completed

Over the last several months, I have been reworking several watercolors one at a time, sometimes four at a time.  Some of these have been posted before on this blog so they might look familiar.  Some of the titles have changed.  The purpose of reworking is to continue to enhance the color balance of each work.  Here are four 18" x 24" paintings:



Buoy Surreal II - Watercolor 18" x 24"
Buoy Surreal II - Watercolor 18" x 24"




Crow in Lobster Trap - Watercolor 18" x 24"
Crow in Lobster Trap - Watercolor 18" x 24"



Fluid Dynamics - Watercolor 18" x 24"
Fluid Dynamics - Watercolor 18" x 24"


Buoy Tangle V - Watercolor 18" x 24"
Buoy Tangle V - Watercolor 18" x 24"

Here are twenty-one 14" x 20" paintings:



Buoy Fractal - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Buoy Fractal - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Buoy Nine - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Buoy Nine - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Buoy Surreal III - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Buoy Surreal III - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Lobster Boat Calm Day - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Lobster Boat Calm Day - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Buoy With Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Buoy With Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Buoy In Cold Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Buoy In Cold Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Phyllis III Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Phyllis III Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Fenris III Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Fenris III Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Buoy Near Fisherman's Island - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Buoy Near Fisherman's Island - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Seagull Flight - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Seagull Flight - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Rachel Anne Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Rachel Anne Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


The Long Haul - Watercolor 14" x 20"
The Long Haul - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Monhegan Museum Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Monhegan Museum Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Night Wind Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Night Wind Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Lobster Buoy With Water Ripples - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Lobster Buoy With Water Ripples - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Shiela & Ivy Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Shiela & Ivy Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Tanner G Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Tanner G Lobster Boat - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Just Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Just Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Yellow Lobster Buoy And Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Yellow Lobster Buoy And Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"


Yellow Blue Buoy In Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"
Yellow Blue Buoy In Water - Watercolor 14" x 20"