Naked I left – help.

Bar Sketch, Barry Comer, Barry Comer Artist, Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolor, Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook

Naked Bar

I am having difficulty with my Moleskine watercolor book, paints or techniques. After 4 successful pages of opacity and smooth application, my inks are suddenly being absorbed into the sheet. The colors look as if they have been turned into an oil spill or grease stain. Needless to say, I have now ruined a few sketches. Fortunately, I took a photo with my iPhone before painting tonight.

This is frustrating and wonder who has an idea or thought(s).

Otherwise, I love this drawing from a bar/restaurant last night. It was a newer venue, hosted neighborhood couples and singles and had a nifty bacon spread with goat cheese on toast points. That with a Manhattan made with Four Roses, and I was a happy camper.

24 thoughts on “Naked I left – help.

  1. Happy Camper, remembering the good humorist Dan Quayle, eh ? 😉
    Is it possible that the colors are rotten? Had this from time to time with gouache colors, when they grow old… (the tubes extract water beside the color and in this consistence it’s not easy to paint with them)… maybe something similar?
    Nice drawing, btw.
    Cheers,
    Gerhard

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  2. Great drawing, Barry. Sorry, I don’t have any advice. I did a quick google search and apparently Moleskine have changed the paper they use in their sketchbooks (making it more absorbent), but this doesn’t explain how it can be different in the same book…

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  3. There is a clear fluid that comes out of the tube before the paint does and it’s best to discard that fluid because using it (as I have in the past) messes with the binder and pigment etc. I just read about that in one of my books about textile design where one must apply clean washes, etc. to live artwork. Watercolors as you know have a mix of binders etc. This liquid using shows up on a new tube of paint, the first time you open it, I think. But I prefer pan paints. I hate having to squeeze out amounts of paint and not use them … I also prefer pan paints for a million other reasons. This is one of them – none of that gushy stuff to worry about!

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    1. Note to someone else… You are intuitive and helpful… but… took the book to my local vendor who said “damn, the sizing on those pages is not there. No wonder it looks so bad”. So, I am tossing the book and bought another. Not Moleskine.

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  4. Perhaps try having super clean hands before you draw and paint, it looks as if you move your hand around on the page a lot so maybe oils from your hands are being absorbed? Did you draw this before or after the Bacon and cheese!? You could put a sheet of paper under you hand. Also do you do any pencil lines first? Or straight to ink? I ask because if you do any erasing this might be affecting the surface…all things to try 🙂 it is a lovely drawing so would be good to see in colour!

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    1. Thank you Luci. You are intuitive and helpful… but… took the book to my local vendor who said “damn, the sizing on those pages is not there. No wonder it looks so bad”. So, I am tossing the book and bought another. Not Moleskine.

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    1. My local art shop thinks the “sizing” was missing on these sheets. I spoke to Moleskine and asked for a refund. Big deal for only a $20 purchase, but 3 sketches ruined is a huge deal to me.

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