May 26, 2021 – Beginning My 1st New Painting Since Before Our Move (1 Month+) : Barton Springs Greenbelt Poster Series

Barton Spring Greenbelt Poster line art template ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Barton Spring Greenbelt Poster 1 ©Felipe Adan Lerma – in progress
Photo on iPad – Barton Springs Greenbelt NW Quadrant

It’s late already today, but wanted to show the beginning of what I’ve been up to the last 3-4 days, starting my 1st new painting since before our move! At or just over a month – but I’m so glad I’m pushing pigment again, lol!

My plan is to work best I can on this 12×18 140 lb watercolor sheet. This is on the smooth side (vs my usual rough side preference) partly to see how I like this, and partly cause my printer wanted to try it out to see how his machine handled the smooth side (very well it turned out!) 😊

My further plan is to work on as many sheets like this, with my digital pen and ink sketch pre-printed on it, as I feel compelled to, and see how my work re-develops. Plus whatever new stuff I might learn along the way; maybe using various value densities and color combinations. Just gonna play it by ear ❤️

This is the 1st evening’s lay-in, ’bout 30 minutes tinkering; which included pondering and looking and just feeling what was going on ☺️

The BW on my iPad, to the left of my photo (now on Fine Art America) is a digital value study. Not sure how much I would stay within the ranges shown, but still very helpful

Barton Spring Greenbelt Poster 1 ©Felipe Adan Lerma - in progress
Barton Spring Greenbelt Poster 1 ©Felipe Adan Lerma – in progress

The gleamy-white in the bottom half of the poster is light reflecting off wet white gouache. At this point, I was “very” glad just to be working on an image again!

I’ll try and post each day I can as it moves along, plus thoughts or questions that arise as I work – wish me luck! 😊

Glad to be more creative again!

Stay well everyone!


ps – dual screen shot on my screen in each photo above is via my Affinity Photo program, iPad version 😊

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  4. This looks interesting, Felipe. What a great idea to have your printer use watercolour paper – I might just ask mine if that would be possible. The idea of creating several different versions of a drawing sounds appealing. I’m glad you got started again!

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    • It’s an idea I’ve been tinkering with a couple months now. Almost all printers will use watercolor paper, esp if it’s not too thick. I think 300 lb wouldn’t even work on my friend’s commercial printer! The other factor is re the ink. These are laser pigment based inks, so they’re fairly stable and won’t “run” with water added. For me, so far, I think the 90 to 140 lb seem to work really well, and recently I think we’ve found the smooth side (to print on) works better than the rough side. If you’re doing a grey scale or bw line drawing, it can be set to either – bw (all the same color density) or grey scale (light to dark, but white to black range). Adding color is tricky, as a lot of printers’ ink pigments are hard to match up to what we concoct mixing watercolors, unless you go to a more specialized ($$$) printer. Printing a grey scale or bw line art rendition (even shading) should be very inexpensive, esp supplying your own paper etc. You’ll have to let us know on your blog if you try it out! But leave a comment here or such, with a link, so we can be sure and see it too 😊

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