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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Painting in Mexico on Cinco de Mayo

Today was a dream come true for an artist. All day with nothing to do but paint!  We docked early in Costa Maya Mexico and the weather was much more pleasant than yesterday. A gentle breeze blew as I had my coffee and plotted my day. 

It was still a bit hazy with a tropical quality to the sky. I decided to start with my sketchbook and make some watercolor sky notes. I wrote down my observations for future reference. 

Next I took out my pastel kit. I wanted to paint some watercolor skies and add pastel. I didn't bring any pastel paper larger than 2x3 so I used some watercolor paper. Here is a photo of the watercolor followed by my pastel addition. 

Tip: I didn't bring anything to protect a larger pastel so I improvised and used the daily ship newsletter as a cover. It worked great in a pinch!

Tomorrow is our last day at sea before returning home. I have s great pastel project planned for my last painting day! Stay tuned. 

1 comment:

robertsloan2art said...

Wow, that is fantastic. I like the way you kept some of the watercolor effects in the finish. Cool use of a free magazine! Slick paper can be like glassine.