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Entries in watercolor (46)



Here's another one I completed a couple of years back during our annual trip south.  

original watercolor

Trying Something New: Fine Art America 

One of the challenges I’ve had in selling work over the years is fulfilling print requests. Not everyone is in the market for an original, and often times I’m asked for a print of a particular painting. I use a great printer in Pittsburgh, but I’m not always in Pennsylvania, which makes it difficult to coordinate on orders. Also, I’ve always been hesitant to print specific images in large quantities, and it is hard to predict the size and images that will sell. 

I think I've found a solution to these challenges in Fine Art America.  If you're not familiar with the site, Fine Art America offers fine art prints in a variety of materials and sizes.  The site also offers framing and matting with the products. 

I’ve loaded much work to my FAA gallery over the past few days and more will continue to add to the site. Not every original is available in print format, but you will find a greater selection of images than I’ve been able to offer in the past.  


Trout Season
"Trout Season"
The original is sold, but prints are available at Fine Art America



Boca Grande Lighthouse 

I completed "Boca Grande Lighthouse" after spending some time on Pine Island in Florida.  This restored 1890 lighthouse is a focal point on nearby Gasparilla Island.  

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse
"Boca Grande Lighthouse"
original watercolor|9"x12|$225

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.




Reminiscing...A year ago at this time I was in Italy with family.  We spent much of our time in Tuscany, but also visited Rome, Venice and Cinque Terre.  While I sketched a lot on the trip, only a few sketches turned into paintings.  The first was "View from Chianni", posted here on Wednesday.  Below are two others that were a result of that trip.  It's taken me a year to get these into the gallery on my website...Maybe I'll finish some more over the winter.

This first was the result of a day spent in the harbor in Vernazza.  The kids took a hike and I stayed back to sketch. 

copyright 2014 Robert Yonke 

The second here is from our day in Florence,  Sadly, it rained the day we were there, so we did not get to see as much as we would have liked.  We did get to see David, however, so the rainy day trip was still well worth it. 

Photo (5)"Afternoon in Florence"
copyright 2014 Robert Yonke