Wet on really wet

Winter in St Petersburg makes me glad we don’t live in a cold cold clime like that. Half sheet Kilimanjaro 20×15″

These are some famous buildings in St Petersburg. Took an online class from Tatiana Assimova (she’s on IG) where you spoke Russian to us and Vlad translated simultaneously. How crazy we live in a day and age you can take a class live all the way from St Petersburg while it’s being translated in Sarasota FL on zoom?!

The sketch and my paper sopping wet. We wet both sides and let it sink into the paper. I used a big hake brush to do it.

Mine was so wet it was still dripping on the back side FOUR hours later. I kept trying to paint the people and my trees in the foreground and they just kept running.

The trees are painted with a half worn out chip brush. The cheap house painting brushes you can buy for $1 each. Or by the bagful at Michael’s.

Finally used a hair dryer on it. BOTH a front and back sides. C R A Z Y. Nothing was drying. Maybe because I had the windows open?! Usually everything dries quickly running the AC or heat.

sky wash of Daniel Smith neutral tint over a yellow ochre layer. All very wet. It does make great skies though.

Onto the buildings. Yellow ochre and neutral tint. I did not get the 911 at first that you had to use straight color to keep it from running a lot. Oops. I did by the time I got to the building on the left.

Colors neutral tint yellow ochre and a dab of burnt sienna.

More trees and buildings. My details kept mushing into the backgrounds. Oops. Too wet.

And now everything else was running together or running away. Sigh. I kept waiting for the trees to dry but no no no they weren’t. I scrubbed off the lilac grey in the foreground.

Hair dryer time.

Here it is now. A fun experiment.

Electric lines done w a liner neutral tint the gouache. The snow spattered w white gouache on a toothbrush. Lots of paint slinging. You should see the tv on my painting Table. Oops.

4 thoughts on “Wet on really wet

  1. Alex Aron says:

    3/25/21 wild…..that you took a translated class from a Russian arts, translated in FL on the computer. I never heard of wet front & back of paper. I am reading a book that takes place in Russia, so I spend a lot of time there mentally. Book is called “The Fabrage Secret” by Charles Belfoure (who wrote “The Paris Architect”. I’ve enjoyed all of his books. I went to Aiken Cent. for Arts 2nite to see the exhibit “Grounded”. I saw some nice watercolors by Dwight Rose, and some of our artists buddies from the Univ. Sally Donovan had a fabulous oil there. Talk 2 U soon. Alexis

    On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 4:11 PM Margaret McCarthy Hunt Art wrote:

    > Margaret Hunt posted: ” Winter in St Petersburg makes me glad we don’t > live in a cold cold clime like that. Half sheet Kilimanjaro 20×15″ These > are some famous buildings in St Petersburg. Took an online class from > Tatiana Assimova (she’s on IG) where you spoke Russian to us” >

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    • Margaret Hunt says:

      Loved the Paris Architect. Will have to check it out. Did you read the Gentleman I. Moscow? One of my favorite books ever. I know how crazy to take a class in Russian from St Petersburg translated by another Russian in Sarasota. šŸ˜³šŸ˜³šŸ˜³

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