30×30 Direct Watercolors (part 2)

I continued the challenge last week, although I’m a couple days behind. Need to do a few more per day if I want to complete the task. I have mostly been using a pretty large brush for the paper (a 26 round on 9″ x 6″ sheets), which I think helps me loosen up. Also, I found some sheets of great Arches 300 lbs. sheets I had misplaced, which make a huge difference. I used this fantastic paper for the last two self portraits; I don’t think O want to paint on anything else from now on. The experience of painting on good paper is pure joy.

30×30 Direct Watercolors (Part 1)

I don’t have much time to either sketch or to blog, but I wanted to participate this year in the 30×30 Direct Watercolors Challenge. The challenge is to do 30 paintings in the month of June, directly with watercolors, no pencil drawing underneath. I thought this was good practice for what could be my future style, based on the lack of control I have with pens or pencils. There are no rules regarding the subject or if these are based on photographs or from live observation. I’ve been wanting to get my feet wet with portraiture, but with a loose and expressive style. So decided to do a self-portrait a day (if I don’t get tired of drawing myself over and over…).

I am sketching fairly small, 9″ x 6″. At the beginning I was using two small brushes, #8 and #5 round, but the last couple days I have mostly used a big #24 round brush. I am liking the bigger brush better.

Here are my sketches for the first six days. These are all under 30 minutes each.