Returning to an old friend


Today we are going to Muse about watercolor painting.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Returning to an old friend

In the 90’s I was painting watercolors.  For a time it was my principal medium.  Having recently moved to Florida, I  found the scene new, exotic and stimulating.  So for some time I worked nearly exclusively in the medium of watercolor.

City-scapes, and water scenes  . .  . these were my focus.  Here are some examples.

Dockside

Dockside

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Inlet

Inlet

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Peanut Island

Peanut Island

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Royal Poinciana Bridge

Royal Poinciana Bridge

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Society of Four Arts

Society of Four Arts

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However, time moved on and eventually I moved away from watercolor and my focus changed to monotype, oils and other media. Years went by.

Back Again

Now the worm has turned and once again I am thinking of the watercolor medium.    I’ll show you.

This is my new palette.

plein air palette closed

plein air palette closed

It is watertight and portable, designed specifically for plein air work.

plein air palette

Plien Air palette

Here it is opened up.  As you can see, it has several mixing areas, large and small and many wells to hold colors.

In the studio I use a different palette.

studio palette

studio palette

The key is both have many wells to hold a large assortment of colors.

For painting on site I use a watercolor paper block.  Easily portable and pre-stretched.

watercolor paper block

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There are 20 sheets of paper in this block.  You cannot see it here, but around the edge the paper is secured by a black binder.  There is one spot, about 2 inches wide, where there is no binder and the layers of paper are exposed. When a painting is complete, a knife is inserted here beneath the sheet and slid around the block cutting the sheet free and exposing a clean sheet of paper, ready for another work.

Cutting paper free from block

Cutting paper free from block

In the studio, I work with individual sheets of paper.  The lighter weight paper must be stretched before use.  The paper is soaked and then stretched.  Some artists secure the wet paper to a frame.  I clamp it, while wet, to a working surface.

stretched paper

stretched paper

Either way, when it dries, it is taut, flat and ready for use.

Now of course a watercolor artist needs water.  Do not use tap water.  Most water systems put chlorine in the water.  Chlorine is a bleach.  Not good for watercolors.  So I use bottled water.  And I don’t use just any bucket for the water.  Water in a standard bucket gets dirty quickly when cleaning a brush and the dirty water can foul the new colors.  My bucket has three chambers: wash chamber, rinse chamber, and clean chamber (for the new fresh colors).  It also has a place to rest the brushes while in use.  Notice the orange handle.

watercolor bucket

watercolor bucket

So I am ready to go . . . a bit rusty.  This is my most recent venture.

Along North County Road

Along North County Road

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Wish me luck.

more to come

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Books by Thomas L. Tribby Available Click on title below to preview

Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

Tribbyart’s Boutique

 

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 Croquet Prints

The Watched Shot
The Watched Shot  
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Black for the Wicket

Black for the Wicket

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The Gallery

The Gallery

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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