Monday, September 5, 2011

Field Experiments

Watermelon and berries  sketching with Aquaflow brush with watercolor tube paint
At the Gate sketches with Aquaflow brush, tube paint, Pilot G-2 pen
Ready to Board  sketch with Aquaflow brush, tube paint, Pilot G-2 pen

I had purchased a Aquaflow waterbrush just before my unexpected  trip to India last month. I made myself a small field box by putting a blob of paint each of cool and warm reds, blues, and greens, aurelion yellow, raw umber, burnt umber into an old small flat Celestial Seasoning Tea box measuring 3"x2"x1/2" . The brush, the box and my sketch book (5x3"), a Pilot G-2 pen were packed into a quart size ziploc bag and fit in my purse neatly. 

I really enjoyed trying out my 'field sketch box kit' at the airports mostly and found it fun. It took some practice to get a feel for the brush which has a store of water --to figure out how much to squeeze as you paint and how to blend the colors!  I also now know to add a sponge or couple of paper towels to the kit. I played around with sketching first and then adding the colors  as well as putting down the colors first and then defining with the pen. Except that by the end of the trip, some of the paints mixed with each other (airplane pressure issue?) and there was a small mess in part of the box, the kit was a successful experiment. 

Fig  Salvia  sketches with Sakura waterbrush Koi watercolor field sketch box

The sketches of the fig and the Salvia was done at home couple of days ago with the Koi Watercolor Field sketch Box and the Sakura waterbrush that came with it.  The field box has 24 mini pans of paint, 2 sponge strips, a mixing tray that fits neatly to the side when opened, and room for the dis-assembled brushpen. The lid can be used as a mini easel for the watercolor paper that I cut fit into the space between the lid and the mixing tray.  I could hold the field box in one one hand and paint with the other, making it a neat field box. The box measures 6"x4"x1" when closed. I am not too happy with the waterbrush that came with as it kept loosing hair and it took me a while to figure out that I had to twist it to the right to loosen it as opposed to turning to left as I instinctively do ! I was afraid I was going to ruin the brush even before I had a chance to paint with it!!!  I am really looking forward to using my field kits regularly and hope all the sketching will make a difference in my studio paintings :) Please let me know how you approach sketching on the go.   


the set ups :)

12 comments:

Heera said...

What a cool concept! I like the painting/sketches of your co-passengers.

meera said...

Thank you Mangala :) I really love the idea of being able to sketch with watercolors so easily!

Crystal Cook said...

That is a cool concept! I love the watermelon sketch. It's juicy and gorgeous! And I'm glad you showed your set up. I pictured it when you described it but it was still cool to see.

meera said...

Thanks Crystal! I still need to fine tune the Tea box field set :)

Prabha Narayanan said...

Nice sketches! I have enjoyed using the waterbrush for the past few months and i have to admit that i am hooked. It is a very powerful tool! Have fun :)

meera said...

Prabha, Thank you :) yes those waterbrushes are so awesome!

padmaja said...

It is a lovely idea to carry such kits,the sketches are very spontaneous. I have never tried this before. You have motivated me :-)

meera said...

Thank you Padmaja! So happy that I have inspired you -- I think that is the most cool thing about blogging for me --I find inspiration from my art friends like you even when miles away :)

Sanctified Spaces said...

Enjoyed your field trip paintings. Really cool.

meera said...

@Sanctified spaces, Thanks! I am yet to take it out in places other than airports but hope to do so soon before the cold weather sets in :)

B said...

love that convenience ... and the figs and watermelon ready to eat

meera said...

Yes B, thats what I did, eat them after I painted them :)

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