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Tea, Milk and Honey

The paintings below are selections from a body of work created between 2010-2012. They demonstrate an approach to tinting drawings that I call Tea, Milk and Honey.

I talk at length about it in my book The Urban Sketcher – but also – in this self-printable one page download that summarizes the method in a short ‘cheat sheet’.

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I should mention, this is not something I’ve invented from whole cloth – like any artist, I borrow from painters before me. Most prominently here from the early instruction of painter Joseph Zbukvic.

Though you might be hard pressed to see the influence. His work as a whole is softer, wetter, and carried out with far greater skill and subtlety than my works from this time period.

I think my small contribution in this is to simplify watercolors for the purpose of sketching quickly on location. That, and a kind of cross-pollination with classical academic drawing. The use of a sharp division between what is in the light, and what is shadow shape.

As I continue to work with watercolor I’m always thinking about new ways to paint. Keep watching the blog for updates on my progress. As always, I’ll be sharing whatever I discover.

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This method remains what I recommend to beginners. It’s the way I learned to move from drawing to painting with the minimum of frustration. There are as many ways to paint as there are painters, but this is what worked for me.

I think everyone is more adept at drawing that painting – most use a pen for years before we pick up a brush after all. This kind of ‘tinting’ approach lets you create paintings that leverage your drawing skills. It’s a great way to see some early success with watercolor. I hope the notes linked above, and the tips in my book will help you get started with skeching on location!

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Sketch of my lunch of Grilled Sardines

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