Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cabo Quickies

I spent a few days in Cabo San Lucas with family over spring break. I didn't bring my pastels, as I was intending to sit under an umbrella on the beach and read. However, just in case of boredom setting in, I took some watercolors with me and a small
(5.5 x 8.5") sketchbook. These were all done sitting on the beach, and turning in different directions, sometimes with a margarita nearby. I'll not blame the beverage for the results, though. While I enjoyed painting as a focused diversion, the realities of lack of brush control, and color mixing, set in. It was a struggle, but I still had fun. Here's a few pages, and pieces from that trip. It is humbling to realize how hard it is to control watercolors.

I'll be in a group show up in Napa at the end of May, and I'll be posting some pastels I've done for that show soon.


Anonymous said...


For Quickies, these water color are amazing especially how the colors are mixed in. Please let me know when the Napa group will be happening. I will try to make the show.



Anonymous said...

beautiful Bill!
You say you struggled but it does NOT look like you did! Not fair!! :)

I love the simplicity of it. You still captured the "light" just like you would have with pastel.



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Benjamin Plouffe said...

that second page bottom one is nice!! really like how these turned out! Looking forward to those pastels!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quick studies, I really like the simple compositions on the second page, great stuff!

Dave said...

Great work Bill! Do some more watercolors!

Bill Cone said...

Thanks all for the comments. I was inspired by Dice, as well as some of the other online blogger's work...
Nathan Fowlkes and Eric Tiemens, for example.
If you want to see a water based medium handled with grace and experience, look at their work. I feel like a bull in a china closet. But it was fun to try anyway.