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The Rooftop Gargoyle

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I painted  this using the rivulet technique that I mentioned in the earlier post. I did not do too much lifting out here since the sculpture was backlit. You can learn more about Susan Avis Murphy’s rivulet technique here.

11 by 14 inches on 300 lbs. Kilimanjaro watercolor paper
Reference photo by Suzanne Wallick 


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August 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Forlorn Angel

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This painting is almost 9 by 13 inches on 140 lb. Winsor and Newton Watercolor paper. I recently bought a sampler pack of various watercolor paper. I really liked painting on cold-pressed W&N paper. It can take layers of painting and handles scrubbing well. I did an awful lot of masking fluid and lots of stippling on the statue. I used the masking fluid container with the micronib attachment which allowed me to make tiny dots throughout the statue. I had to use layer after layers of stippling with a pointed round brush until I was satisfied with the result. But splattering would have been easier, but sometimes I torture myself with these time consuming techniques.

I tried using Holbein watercolor paints for the first time. I used Verditer Blue the most on the statue. I mixed it with burnt sienna to get that beautiful cement blue-gray color on the statue.

Reference photo by Bobbie Cook  from

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May 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

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