|Dick Zunkel Demo painting|
Thursday's paintsite was a demo by SCVWS member Dick Zunkel. He uses pen and ink, and juicy watercolor to create loose and dynamic paintings.
Dick had to compete with noise from a jack hammer digging up the road and we were a little confined because the grassy areas of the park were all fenced off due to replanting - such are the trials of plein air! However, the weather was perfect, we had a record turnout, and Dick's demo inspired us all.
Dick first sketched quickly in pencil, then refined the drawing in waterproof ink using a #5 or 6 speedball dip nib. He emphasized that good perspective is an important basis for the painting. The dip pens give great variety to the lines. Once the ink is dry Dick wets the paper for the sky and puts on a wash of Raw Sienna. He then brushes on some Cobalt Blue and adds a little Alizarin Crimson on the horizon. He uses a flat 1" brush for most of the painting and loosely suggests all the elements rather than defining them completely. If you missed his handout the information is available at www.southbayartists.com/handout
Thank you Dick, for a great demo.
|Michael Rogan Pen and Ink with Watercolor|
Dick's demo was very inspirational - but his technique is not as easy as it looks! I was struggling with the buildings, but really enjoyed some quick gesture sketching when the Western Wheelers turned up for lunch. Sylvia
"I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Zunkel's demonstration. Even though I did not have the correct pen, I found that pen & ink is fun. His talent is obvious as is his joy in creating great work. For me, it's almost like creating a coloring book then finishing with watercolor instead of crayons. It really brings out my inner child and it loosens up my painting. Thank you Sylvia, Jenny and Dick!"