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.