It is "Thank Goodness It's Friday" (TGIF) day for a lot of people, signaling the end of another work week. It is a cloudy Friday morning and looking out my window, I love the way the grass is greening, set against muted colors of early morning. All is quiet and a lovely time for reflection and thankfulness.
A part of this morning has been spent visiting artists' blogs. I love going to one blog such as Deano's Den, then visiting the links listed and it keeps going, traveling from one blog to the next, viewing the next blog's links. There are so many talented, creative artists and it would be so easy for one to compare one's work and find mine lacking next to theirs. Instead, I take my work out of the equation and just get lost in the words and their paintings. Viewing artwork is rejuvenating to my soul and spirit.
I have been wanting to paint the recently refurbished KCS train depot in my home town which is now the home of the Historical and Genealogical Society. Last night I applied misket (the gray, shiny stuff) to watercolor paper to retain the white areas and am thinking the misket should have been watered down to get smoother, straighter lines for the flag and light poles. A pale layer of Deep Scarlet was applied to the building and roof, just to have some color on the paper. The sketch is so pale it is difficult to see the lines and will have to redraw the clock that is on the viewer's left.
I am using Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper, 11" x 14", but this time, I prepared a piece of paneling, sealing the wood, then glued the paper to the paneling with acrylic medium. I was curious to see how well the seal between the paper and the paneling would hold once the paper was wet. The really nice thing about doing this is the paper stays flat and taut.