These two seahorse watercolors were painted free-hand with no preliminary sketching involved in the impressionistic plein-air style...
Most watercolors I paint involve sketching out my subject matter onto the watercolor paper, if only for a rough idea of where to paint. In the case of the Seahorse Fountain series, this was not the case.
Because I was painting this fountain on site (plein-air), I didn't have the luxury of time. There was about a three hour window per day where the light was desirable and so instead of penciling in the two paintings, I painted very lightly with the colors I was to use.
When the hour or so of light I had for the first painting changed, I moved onto the second one. Fortunately, over the three days I was alone at my family cabin, the weather was very similar from one day to the next.
Later in the evening, I'd wrap up the easel and paints, take them inside and continue painting on the areas where I hadn't the need to look at the fountain.
The one just above titled: The Seahorse Fountain (being number 1 of the two) is framed and hanging in the studio for the time being and the second one is in a private collection.
Both were released for sale as posters here at Worley Studios.
I had a lot of fun painting these two. It was the first time I'd done on-site paintings and afterwards I understood why the impressionists like Renoir, Monet and Cezanne were drawn to paint from life.
Being the first two impressionism paintings I've done, I'm sure one day they'll be among the most prized of my collectors.
For the most part, I'm a studio artist- dreaming up ideas for new work but once the weather outside clears up some, I plan on taking my easel for some wonderful adventures...
Thanks for popping by ;-)