Saturday, September 12, 2009

House drawing experiment

This was my first attempt at a black-ink house drawing with a watercolor overlay. It came out OK. I have very little experience with watercolors, but I really want to play with them some more. I like the look overall.


  1. Mark, how would you feel if I sent some bloggers over to look at your art? Your ink houses are beautiful. I would just describe your site, highlight the address and put a link on. I feel you have such a wonderful talent, but if you don't want it advertised I understand. E-mail is on profile.
    Peggy Jones (QMM)

  2. Awesome! If my house were pretty I would so want one of these. I love the addition of color.

  3. Thank you all for your compliments. And Peggy, that would be fine with me. Thanks.

  4. I like the wash overlay, and believe you will find that practice with the watercolor will cause you to fall in love with it. At least I did.

    How permanent is the walnut ink? Does it have any tendency to bleed when the water hits it?

    The red is a tad bright, but I will offer the advice of never using black in watercolor, in case you've never had that. I suggest the ubiquitous Payne's Gray or the variety of siennas and umbers to darken other colors.

    I am itching to get back to work and seeing your stuff is really pushing me to get back to it!

  5. Thanks, Karen. Although it’s pretty lightfast, the walnut ink isn’t permanent. It will bleed and run if it gets wet, and acts like a brown watercolor.

  6. Man, that's pretty!

    On my computer, when I look at the small "link" photo on your blog page, there's an effect that occurs in my mind's eye that doesn't seem to show up in the large photo. Namely, the colors make the small picture just a little bit "fuzzy" or "soft". I'm not quite sure how to express it. It looks nice. Not that the big photo doesn't look nice, but I like the softish, pastel-like effect I see in the small version of the picture. Any idea what I'm talking about?


I'm eager to hear your thoughts!