Brian Bailey, Bright Light on Cole, Watercolor, 10″ x 8″, © 2015
My last few posts have been about oil painting but over the last week I’ve been back to working with watercolor. Both offer so many possibilities and have distinctly different feelings, both in appearance and application. Most recently, I’ve been busy working on a couple of commissioned watercolor paintings. I’ve never mentioned it here before, but if you are interested in having me do a drawing or painting for you, feel free to contact me either here or at my Etsy store, ArtFromBrian.
I also revisited one of my favorite subjects this week, the shadows and brightly colored buildings of Cole Street in San Francisco. I love the translucency of watercolor and trying to build a surface that sparks a feeling, something like a memory of the places I’ve been. If you’re interested in this painting, you can also find it at ArtFromBrian on Etsy.
About two weeks ago, a cold actually did slow me down. It brought a crashing halt to my blogging, art production, and just about everything that involved me being awake. Fortunately, I’ve made a full recovery and am back to drawing and painting.
Since I missed a week due to illness and the holiday, I’ll post two images that I recently painted outside. I really enjoy painting while outside because I think it forces me to speed up. The lines come faster and the process takes over the direction of the painting. At home, I would have more of chance to second guess myself, which can become the death of immediacy in the work.
I will also be updating my Etsy store, ArtFromBrian, soon so please take a look.
Hope you enjoy these and thank you for your support.
Again, I find myself walking around San Francisco and feeling amazed by the structure and detail of the houses. The craftsmanship and knowledge of the people that designed and built them is incredible to me. They give off a feeling of quality and history. The streets tell the stories of so many people that once lived here. I recently discovered that the public library has photographic records of the city dating back to the 1800’s and I find the hours slip away while I try to wrap my head around the amount of change and, occasionally, how similar things are.
Another thing about San Francisco that captivates me is the trees. Trees, plants, and flowers seem to spring up from everywhere. The moisture in the air and, usually, generous sunlight seem to account for a great variety of healthy plant-life, though the fern in my apartment seems to disagree. After a year of living here, I’m still a little unsure of how the seasons affect the trees and flowers. As some are losing their leaves, others seem to be coming into bloom. After spending most of my life in places that get tons of snow and cold, the weather and plants are inspiring.
And this leads to my most recent project. I’ve spent most of the last month putting together my store on Etsy.com called ArtFromBrian, where I have most of the watercolor paintings featured in this blog and several others for sale.
If you have some time, click HERE for a link to my store. Thank you to everyone for your support.
And here is a painting of houses and trees on Page Street that I finished this week: