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First New Art of 2018: "Four Bills"

Here is my first new piece of work in 2018, "Four Bills".   

FourBillsFour Bills
Original Watercolor on Canvas


Seemingly Random, But Not.

Poolside is another one that appears to be a random work, but actually this one was done in a series during a visit to South Carolina and is part of my Coastal collection. 

original watercolor
copyright 2016 Robert Yonke 

The Benefits of Traveling Light for an Artist 

As an artist, I encourage you to travel light.  I'm often on the road, so it's something I've become accustomed to, and have experienced the following benefits:  

1.  Traveling light is liberating. No time wasted wondering "what should I use".

2. Traveling light spurs creativity by forcing ingenuity.

3. Traveling light keeps the painting clean. The minimal palette choices help to avoid creating mud.

4. Traveling light lets you work just about anywhere, encouraging painting from life rather than photos.

Here is a golfer painted with the minimal material of an Altoids tin with limited colors, a cutoff water bottle, a 1" flat brush, a large round brush, a white colored pencil and a black Derwent Aquatone stick.

TheApproach"The Approach"
original watercolor on Arches rough finish watercolor block 
copyright 2015 Robert Yonke 


Next Stop: Sun City 

I'm pleased to be invited back to the Art Club in Sun City Center again this winter.  As in past years, I'll present a demo and then follow-it up a few weeks later with a workshop. The topic for both will focusing on expanding boundaries in watercolor.   We'll work on some different surfaces, including canvas and Yupo paper, and I'm going to incorporate the use of Derwent Aquatone paint sticks as I've shown in some of my recent posts.  

The demonstration is open to the public, and you'll find details below.  The workshop is open to Art Club members only

Watercolor Demonstration
The Art Club in Sun City Center 
Rollins Theatre
Sun City Center, Florida 
Monday February 16, 2015 







Thoughts on Technique: Draw with a Sharpened Stick for Detail 

Draw with a sharpened stick such as a skewer for the subtlest of detail, as illustrated here in "Sea Oats". The drawing can be done on dry paper and paint applied over it or it can be done over paper already wet with or without paint.