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Watercolor Demonstrations
Plein Air

This painting was completed using a 24-pan set of Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors.
Note: This demo also appears at Creative Spotlight.

Motorcycle Luggage   Going Mobile
Sometimes you just need to get away from the studio, and my favorite method of doing so is via two-wheels. I've got an expandable T-Bag on the back of my Wide Glide which can accommodate plenty of art supplies, leaving the two saddlebags free for other gear (lunch, for example!).
     
Easel   Easel
The only item that won't fit in the bag is my easel, but it's a simple matter to attach it to the bike with a cargo net or a couple of bungee cords. The case measures approximately 28x5 inches.
     
Painting Surface   Painting Surface
Here's a picture of the easel on site; it's a Winsor & Newton Bristol Folding Aluminum Easel. The list price is about $80 but I've seen them on sale for about half that amount. When assembled it provides a stable surface at just the right height.
     
Water   Water
I take as much water as I can carry practically, usually in these 1-quart canteens--although I also have a large, collapsible container that works nicely. The aluminum cup is a good size for painting and fits onto the base of a standard-size canteen.
     
Paint   Paint
A Quiller Travel Palette would certainly fit in my bag, but somewhere along the line I got into the habit of packing a 24-pan set from Schmincke (foreground). The paints are very high in quality and the palette is easy to hold while working. I also take along a back-up set of Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors (background).
     
Schmincke   Schmincke
Here's a shot of the Schmincke set while open. The horizontal arrangement of the pans works great when holding the palette.
     
Yarka   Yarka
The Yarka palette is also very compact and it's always nice to have the additional mixing area available.
     
Brushes   Brushes
Even in the studio I use a minimum of brushes, so when I travel this Seville case has more than enough room for everything I need.
     
Drawing   Drawing
The setting here is a park near the University of Denver. Despite the urban location the sketch came across as fairly bucolic, thanks to plenty of trees in the background and a flood control canal that looks almost like a creek.
     
First Colors   First Colors
The most prominent colors visible were greens and grays so I laid those in first, using various combinations of May Green mixed with Sepia. A little Mars Brown and Raw Umber helped darken a few areas without drastically changing the color.
     
More   More
In reality the water was almost the same color green as the grass surrounding it, so I added quite a bit of Ultramarine Finest for contrast.
     
Almost There   Almost There
Some Yellow Ochre helped brighten things up a bit, and instead of painting a traditional sky I ended up splashing Manganese Violet in the background. Here's how the finished work appears on my art website.
     
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Demo
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Paint and tools
Demo 1
Demo 1
'Third and Santa Fe'
Demo 2
Demo 2
'Decisions, Decisions'
Demo 3
Demo 3
'Lily Pond'
Demo 4
Demo 4
'Dodge Street'
Demo 5
Demo 5
'Barrett'
Demo 6
Demo 6
'Corner Video Store'
Plein Air Demo
Plein Air
Field work
Demo 7
Demo 7
'Aisle 5'
Demo 8
Demo 8
'Deer'

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