Cruising for a Cruise


My husband and I are off on our first cruise which I asked for and received as my birthday and Christmas gifts this year.  I don’t know what it’s going to be like and how much time I will have so I am going to show you some of my work as a painter. And I am going to turn off comments so I don’t offend anyone by not responding or not being able to approve.


Until June I painted in only oil or pastels; and in the past few years only in oils.  I went on a great workshop on Monhegan Island, Maine where we had to carry all our supplies around with us.  Monhegan is hilly. By the end of the first day I was ready to change and bought a small watercolor kit.  I had limited my supplies and they still weighed way too much. 

But painting with watercolor is almost the exact opposite off painting in oil.  Every watercolor kit comes with a tube or pan of white – but instead of using the white you are supposed to preserve the white of the paper and use the transparency of the medium to create .  In oils you are supposed cover up all the white.   So it’s been the work of my summer to become more proficient in this new-for-me medium. 

Here’s some of what I have done.  I will show more next week unless I find myself with good internet access and time.

These are two versions of the same painting.  In both I found myself painting with watercolors as if they were oils.


Still adding white, but I thought painting hydrangeas was a great lesson. 

copyright 2016 Stephanie Takes-Desbiens