Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Watercolors for May-June 2015

Finished painting Below June 14, 2015. I am studying VALUE PATTERNS. Value patterns are the foundation for any painting. Upon those patterns we build our subject and decoration. I will be explaining value patterns hopefully in the future. If you are interested in buying an original watercolor, print, or note cards of any of my art email me at: ken@kenharris.com. You can also buy some of my art and note cards at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kenharris1?ref=hdr_shop_menu.

This is a painting about a summer evening in Paris. The sun does not go down till about 9:30-10:00pm. The street is Blvd. Diderot. This painting measures 11" x 14". 

I was in Paris looking out the window of my hotel, watching people walking in the rain. I saw these two young women walking, so I took a photo of them for a possible painting. I first did a sketch in my sketchbook. Then I did the painting below on watercolor paper. This painting is available in the US and EU at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kenharris1?ref=hdr_shop_menu

This is a painting I did at the end of May, 2015. I did it on location in northern California and adjusted it when I got home. It is good training to paint on location because you have to observe. You learn a lot about light and atmosphere; how things are constructed. As many have said before me, "Nature is your best teacher".

Above is a watercolor I did for a Music CD project. You are looking at the T-Shirt version of the watercolor. I could have posted just the illustration, but I wanted to show the context. I also did the typography for the piece. If you are interested in buying my art, I now have a store on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kenharris1?ref=hdr_shop_menu. You can also go to my website at www.kenharris.com.

This is a fine watercolor I did back in 1988. It is truly a blast from the past. The words of a song from the Byrds comes to my mind, "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." Click on the image to see a larger view.

This is a larger version of a watercolor I had done before of Newport Harbor, California. It measures approximately 28 inches high and 40 inches wide. It is a nice piece. It is adorning a home by the beach in southern California.

Below is another painting of Newport Harbor, California on a foggy, cloudy morning in June. I started it on location and finished the painting in my studio. The drive from location to the studio gives you time to re-think your design.

Below is a selection from my latest sketchbook. It just evolved onto the page from my brush (mind).

This painting I did from a photo I took while driving through Huntington Beach, California. I saw the pattern of the trees against the sunset and stopped my car and took a photo with my phone. The incoming fog and primary colored sunset created an "other world" type of atmosphere. It measures 15" x 22" unframed (half sheet size). It is for sale for $900 US dollars.

Below is a quick sketch from a photo I took on location. I like working with ink.

Below is a Watercolor based on a drawing from my sketchbook that I posted earlier this year. It is of Regents Park in London UK. It was painted on 300 lb. French watercolor paper.

The next painting is an older painting I re-worked about three weeks ago. I tried to add some darker values to give the piece a little more visual interest.