JOSHUA ELEK: WATERCOLORS

Category: Water Color

  • Leaf: #3

    Leaf: #3

      So, today I went in search of a leaf with a little more color. Maybe it’s too late, I didn’t find many maple leafs in my front yard with much color left, so I resorted to one that had at least a little bit of green left. Sketching this one was difficult because the […]

  • Leaf: #2

    Leaf: #2
  • Leaf: #1

    Leaf: #1

    I wanted to try something photorealistic tonight. Since it’s fall, I figured I’d try a leaf. I grabbed this one from the driveway because it was the first whole leaf I saw. I started by painting the shadow in moonglow. Then I painted the stem since it was darkest I figured I could mess with color […]

  • Sikma Road: #2

    Sikma Road: #2

    I tried to really focus on the light shining through the trees on this one. I think I did a good job of blurring the light in the trees in the distance and preserving enough white at that light source. I think that brightness, plus the blurred edges where the leaves hit the light, together […]

  • Sikma-Road: #1

    Sikma-Road: #1
  • PTO Beach: #2

    PTO Beach: #2

    I screwed up on the perspective of the waves. But I like the colors overall. I started off using masking fluid which again, I used way too much of. I thought, “If I use too much masking fluid, then I can always go back and add color later.” This is a mistake because it messes with […]

  • PTO Beach: #1

    PTO Beach: #1

    It’s a trite composition, sure. But this was a long looooooong week, and I wanted to take a mental vacation. I have been reading a lot of Bruce MacEvoy’s amazing compendium on color (http://handprint.com/), and wanted to see if I could put some of it to the test, so I experimented with a minimal palette. […]

  • Shyler Boat: #1

    Shyler Boat: #1
  • Shyler Hike: #1

    Shyler Hike: #1
  • Blue Hen Falls: #1

    Blue Hen Falls: #1

    I tried a take on the Blue Hen Falls painting Rick Surowicz Watercolor posted a tutorial of. There are some things I like, and some I don’t. I particularly like the rock in the foreground, and the water current in the lower left. I wanted some brush in the mid ground, but it was too distracting, so I […]

  • Pumpkin Spice Water Color

    Pumpkin Spice Water Color
  • John Galt: #2

    John Galt: #2
  • John Galt: #1

    John Galt: #1
  • Just Keep Swimming

    Just Keep Swimming
  • Crisis: #1

    Crisis: #1
  • L-Lake: #4

    L-Lake: #4
  • Something Different: #2

    Something Different: #2
  • Farm Road: #31

    Farm Road: #31

    There are 31 days in some months, so I figured I’d go for one more. I tried to keep an eye on all the lessons I have learned. It’s not a complete success, but I am happy with this painting. I added the birds at the very end – and then the Pterodactyls came back. […]

  • Farm Road: #30

    Farm Road: #30

    I would write up about this one, but I’m a bit worked up tonight… I tried. There.

  • Farm Road: #29

    Farm Road: #29

    Tonight my primary goal was to not overwork anything. I almost achieved it – the roadside brush I think was overworked, as was the Amish Nazgul. The sky I did the same as before trying to avoid backwash. I went back when it was dry to add shadows but didn’t soften the edges enough, so […]