30 days of June - 30 mini direct gouaches - they all are scanned and you can view them in one folder here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/23173190@N07/albums/72157668966517847

you can read more about this challenge in my previous post here:
https://blog.apple-pine.com/2018/07/30x30-direct-watercolor-challenge-at.html

So - 20 Brushstrokes or less!
My rules (for myself) were:
1. No drawing under the paint;
2. One brushstroke continues as long as brush does not leave paper.

Things that helped me make this happen:
1. Having a list of things I want to paint (for the days when I was not sure).
2. Having all tools packed and ready to paint (which means clean and replenish them after each painting session).

3. Having a border around the image (made with artist's tape) and using it to move around the painting without lifting the brush.
4. Loading brush with several colors to create special color effects or just paint with both colors on a same brushstroke;
5. Planning my colors to have certain colors showing through the cracks in others.

Things I learned:
1. I love using wet gouache to start the painting and should do it more often.
2. Limiting myself so much made me think about technicalities more and I lost some of the freshness at some point because I was more concerned about the number of brushstrokes - so having some constraint is great but leaving room to wiggle is important too.
3. I am now better at looking for and painting negative shapes.
4. Mixing enough paint is important (I knew it before but now it's a MUST :)
5. After a month of this game I missed most a chance to place separate, singular brushstrokes!
6. Apparently there are way fewer opportunities to paint landscapes in my life without special planning - so I should get out more (I thought that I would be mostly painting landscapes all month but it was a rather crazy time and I ended up mostly with stuff on my table :)

Will I do it again? DEFINITELY!

Sketchbook #113: Trip to Bonaire - Sketching above water and some notes on underwater tools.

I drew some of my underwater subjects above water and just drew somethings around me too. The thing I always wanted to do and that did not work (again) is collecting all the colors I see on the island - it's an overwhelming task- and when you add it to the overwhelming of drawing everything I see underwater - one of them falls off the drawing board :)
As for the tools: I used the rite-in-the-rain paper and amazingly sleek and indestructible expedition sketchbooks from Field Notes.
Little PVC board for the support was very useful as it allowed me to pack my fish ID cards, sketching tools and magnifying glass all in one place - which is critical for descend and ascend as well as any situations when you need all your attention not on sketching but on your scuba diving skills or buddies. Having everything attached to the support board allowed me to stove it away in my pocket quickly.
I used all sorts of pencils, tried regular wax crayons (not happy with the results) and still believe that plain mechanical pencil is the best. But I lost my favorite one during one of the dives :( After that, I sewed a little wristband which helped me to hold my pencils in one place and was large enough to see if/when it started to float away from me. (I saw my mechanical pencil floating on the surface from the depth of 70 feet but it was just the beginning of the dive and it did not make any sense to drag my buddies up to catch it.

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30x30 direct watercolor challenge - at a glance!

In the month of June I participated in a The Thirty by Thirty (30×30) Direct Watercolor Marathon. It was organized by Montreal artist, Marc Taro Holmes and the goal was to do more painting and use daily practice to get better at something. As I am working hard on my gouache skills I decided to adjust rules and did a month of direct gouache paintings and I wanted to try and use minimum number of brushstrokes (twenty or less). It was an interesting month and I am scanning all the images and will write more about things that challenged me, things I failed at, and things I learned (actually it's more or less the same list ;) But for now - here is a glance at my instagram feed with a #20brushstrokes hashtag.


Nina Khashchina Sketchbook #113: Trip to Bonaire - Underwater Sketching / Scuba Diving with a Sketchbook

Last monster-post with the underwater sketches from my Bonaire trip: another turtle, all kinds of crabs, Scorpion fish, an unexpected peacock flounder, lion fish, trumpet fish, grouper hunting... eels and more!

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I scanned the rest of the underwater sketches! This is part one (with more manta rays, sea turtle, porcupine fish, french angel fish, groupers and spotted eels).
I will post part two tomorrow :)

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