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Leaf Cluster, Decatur, Alabama

7/13/17

Wasting Paper

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas

OK the OFM is eating breakfast and reading the Internet items of interest when he loses part of his vision. Oh Great another migraine. So most of the morning was spent “getting extra bed rest” as the symptoms slowly ease away. Now we get to take it especially easy today since it is way to hot for a well old person to be out in it.

He did go out for a Whopper and senior drink. But it was right back into the AC he went. So what can an old sick fool do? He leaves a message on the insurance jerks recorder to call back to answer a question please.

The the OLD Fool decides to play with his paints and paraphernalia to see what happens. A technique the OFM is using with some success is to paint essentially the same scene in several different mediums and styles. The purpose of this is to find a style that the person likes and or does well. 

The OFM has a couple of mediums he likes to use. One is watercolor and the other is oil pastels. He is well aware that he will never do any art effort well so he is striving only for the likes (fun) part. In other words he is having fun making colorful garbage fodder.

This after noon his aching (remember migraine in progress) head is having weird thoughts. Why not just use the watercolor paint just as it comes from the tube? A search on the Internet found only one reference to an artist that does that. That artist does it a lot and his nice work has a brightness like oil pastels. So the OFM set to work wasting watercolor paints smearing them on paper. It turns out that it is a good way of painting to have fun in his opinion. It also pointed out that his extremely cheap paint brushes are extremely incompetent for spreading paint with some body to them.

Here is the result including obvious errors of learning.



At least it has been a nice way to stay inside the AC while trying to have tooooo much fun while waiting on an insurance jerk.

16 comments:

  1. Wow! I've never seen watercolors that intense. Time for some new brushes so you can explore doing watercolors this way?

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  2. I've been focused on pan water-colors lately but you had me running to my 'hobby station' to give my decade old tube water-colors a squeeze to see if they are still usable (Some yes, some no) I like working with tube oils because they let me fiddle and adjust as I go rather than rely on that first-try, but I don't like the solvents and cleanup but using tube-watercolors in the same way might just be a good compromise! I'm going to try it but with my oil brushes which are stiffer than the water-color brushes.

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    1. I have always been able to rejuvenate tube water colors that dried out by putting a few drops of water in the tube, put the cap on and come back in a month. Sometimes the tube needed a bit of massaging but it always came back pretty well.
      I quickly found out today that some are too intense straight from the tube and need a drop or two of water to hit the right intensity.

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  3. Hey you are having too much fun and painting some very interesting scenes , love it don't stop now !

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  4. Your painting reminds me of impasto painting done with oils. Playing with different mediums is always a fun thing to do. You could come up with a whole new technique.
    I have been watching this guy on YouTube - Diron Yanconsky--He has many videos showing watercolors. Very informative, I have picked up a lot of tips. The best part, it's free.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OAw3ejB6M-s

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  5. Beautiful colors! Good job! May the migraines stay away!

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  6. Have you tried taking B2 (riboflavin) for the migraines? Jim only gets the visual part but since taking 200mg B2 per day he rarely gets them anymore. Just a thought...

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    1. Thank you. No I have not but you can be sure I will check it out very soon.

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    2. After checking it out, it seems worth a try. Important to me is there is no trouble caused by slight over dose of B2. To the store tomorrow.

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  7. I really like what you've done with the watercolor paints. The result is really striking, and beautiful.

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  8. Crinkle up a paper towel, lightly dab towel in paint, use to overlay paint for leaves on the tree, etc. A great way to have too much fun and not dirty brushes. Great colors. Love the tree.

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  9. I like your painting. It doesn't matter what method you use as long as the result is as good as your painting above.

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