JOSHUA ELEK: WATERCOLORS

Category: Water Color

  • Kucko Bridge: #2

    Kucko Bridge: #2

    Strike 2! I promise, im not fishing for compliments, I genuinely don’t like this painting – and that’s ok. I want to keep working on this one because there are so many different techniques involved here that I want to improve on. In the distance, I want to create the impression of atmosphere. I’m trying […]

  • Kucko Bridge: #1

    Kucko Bridge: #1

    Welp, here’s another one I really don’t want to show… but it’s part of the process. I saw this photo when Troy shared it a few days ago. I asked John Kucko if he wouldn’t mind me painting it, and he agreed to let me. (Thanks!) I certainly didn’t do his photo any justice, but I […]

  • Leaf: #4

    Leaf: #4

    I found a nice red leaf in the park yesterday. The snow is starting to fall, so I might have trouble finding leaves soon. I should have a few more tries though before they all turn brown. This one stood at an odd angle on the paper, which made the shadow difficult for me. I […]

  • Ryan Zion: #1

    Ryan Zion: #1

    So they don’t all end up working out the way I want. I really like the composition in this, which is thanks to Ryan Battles. (I didn’t do this photograph justice here, but I gave it a good shot.) Last night I watched some show about Renoir and Monet. And it got me interested in experimenting […]

  • 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