Come to My Window Video Hop – Painting the Desert with Brusho and Colorburst

Come to My Window Video Hop – Painting the Desert with Brusho and Colorburst


hello everyone it’s Shel C from PaperOcotilloStudio and today I am part of a video hop that is called come to my
window organized by Susan Hiles. All the rest of the people who are
participating their video links will be below my video after you’re done
watching my video go and click on all the links visit all the people who
participated and see their beautiful art and then give them a thumbs up and and a
comment and just give him some love so I had so many ideas of how to approach
this topic come to my window I had just so many things swimming around in my
head and I couldn’t settle and I decided to just take it very very literally that
I would just show a scene from what I might see out my window my studio faces
to the west and the Sun sets in the west so when I’m in my studio in the evening
I can see beautiful sunsets particularly as we wind down the monsoon season here
we’ve been having some thunderstorms some clouds and those those type of
weather make gorgeous sunsets in Arizona oranges and yellows and pinks and and
you know you normally have a very bright blue sky as the Sun sets you get those
colors coming in from the edge of the mountains and then of course my studio
overlooks a natural area that’s it’s called a wash which is basically a dry
creek and in the monsoons we get water in it so it has a lot of plants in it so
I decided to just create a scene that looks something like that I had a couple
reference photos that had been taken recently outside of the sunset and so I
decided to do something different I haven’t done for a while on my channel
and that is to do a little bit of watercolor with kid Oliver powders and some brush Oh
crystals both of these products are similar the brush Oh crystals are a
little bit chunkier and the color blends are different basically what they are is
just really intense pigment in a powdered form crushed-up pigment that
reacts to water and the colors are blended with different colors of
pigments that when mixed with water turn into a color so what comes out of the
the container isn’t necessarily what you end up with with the water by the time
you put water on it you can put water on the paper first or put water on the
paper after I’m kind of doing a combination of those and I did put some
tape around two masks I also wanted to mask the little half half disc sunshine
and I put on some masking fluid that’s a in a pen and it didn’t work you’ll see
that it just basically destroyed the paper
I guess the pen nib is gunked-up and the fluid inside is not flowing out and I
just need to figure out what to do with it but I ended up fixing it a different
way in the end so I started out by putting a masking line where my my
horizon line is and then putting some water at the very base and adding some
lemon yellow and and it started to blend with the water but then I came back in
with a brush and blended it a little bit more and then I put some more water
along that line and add it in some ochre yellow ochre color powder and then I did
it again and added some indigo and some turquoise at the top and I’m just adding
water taking away water trying to get the look a sky with a little bit of
fluffy clouds as the Sun sets I also ended up throwing in some orange
I think at some point but it’s just a process of adding and taking away adding
and taking away putting the water on using some paper towels to stop up some
areas where it gets too wet blending the colors together and it’s really it’s
experimentation the thing about water coloring with the brushes is that or and
the Ken Oliver powders is that you just you really don’t know what you’re gonna
get it’s it’s a very fluid very unpredictable process so you just work
with it until you are happy I added some brown
over on one side then I added back in some more of that indigo just trying to
get that effect as if it’s that sky like is in the reference photo on the left
and is it perfect no is it going to be perfect no so then I wanted to start
working on my landmass so I put some more tape across the horizon line and
started in with sienna and sepia and brown and then there’s a like an olive
green and a lime green or leaf green some yellow some orange to start
building up the bottom section so kind of the same process I’m gonna putting it
down some water I’m sprinkling on some of the powders or crystals blending it a
little bit with more water and for all this process I’m using a large flat
brush I just happen to have that one and it wasn’t a specific reason I do end up
switching brushes at some point but at this point in time I’m just trying to
get the colors the blocks of colors the way I want them so having a larger brush
gives you some more water but this isn’t actually a watercolor brush and I
thought to myself at some point oh I should get out my watercolor brush I
have some nice brushes that I keep specifically for watercolor I don’t use
them for anything else so that they don’t get messed up with putting
acrylics and mediums in them so I get them out at some point I don’t know when
so I’m drying this off and I peel off my tape and then I end up my horizon line
seeped they the paper wasn’t completely dry when I put the masking tape on it
and the the color seeped under it which I don’t like but I can’t really fix it
at this point I mean I I put on some plain clear water in different areas and
here’s where I get my watercolor brush out putting on some just clear water and
then lifting it with a towel and I do try to do that along that horizon line
in the end it doesn’t really affect the composition that boy was I’m mad when I
that first happened like dang it I just spent all this time making this
background all beautiful with this beautiful horizon line and I get this
but it’s very organic it almost looks like cloud lines so it ends up being
fine so right now I’m just putting on different just plain water and lifting
it then I decide I’m gonna take my masking fluid off and I realize that
it’s not gonna come off and that it’s ruined the paper right there it’s very
peeled and it messed up so I put some gesso on to strengthen the paper and to
lighten that area where the Sun disc is going down and then I start adding in
some of my focal images using a pencil just drawing them so that I can kind of
see what I’m doing and at first I’m just using my graphite pencil and then I
switched to this Stabilo all graphite pencil which is highly water reactive so
some of the pencil lines will be blended in when I put some more water on there
because it that wasn’t that gray one will blend with water really easy
graphic graphite is water-soluble some of the harder ones don’t blend is
easy so then I get out of palette and I start sprinkling some of my Ken Oliver
colorburst powders and some of my my brush o crystals into the wells of the
pallet and using it by just blending it in in with water and painting it
directly on and this brush that I’m using is called a dagger brush because
it’s white at the bottom and then it comes to a very fine point in kind of a
triangular shape it’s a different weird brush but it works for this because I
can press the bottom part of it down to get a whiter wet space it holds a lot of
water in it but then the very tip of it is very fine so I can add fine detail
fine lines using the very tip of the brush I don’t know how long these dagger
brushes have been around but it’s a pretty fun little treat for yourself not
super expensive if you want to get one and try it out at least this one’s not
it’s not a pure type of hair on it it’s a golden tackle on synthetic bristles
instead of like a squirrel or something so it’s not an expensive brush but it’s
different and fun so I added leaf green and olive green and yellow and a little
bit of black and brown or that sepia color to my main focal cactus this is a
saguaro cactus they grow to be probably 12 feet tall there’s it one that we call
the grandfather cactus behind our house down in the wash they grow slowly but
they grow for like two hundred years they’re like a tree they’re the desert
tree basically these cactuses bloom in the spring and they have kind of a white
waxy bloom that blooms at the tops the arms the arms don’t start growing
until the cactus is quite mature so if you see one that if you see a cactus
that’s just a straight column that’s usually still a saguaro cactus it’s just
that it hasn’t aged enough to start growing the arms and they don’t you know
always grow a single cactus with two arms ain’t Sydney out on the side like
you like the iconic image they have multiple arms and the older they get the
more arms they get and it’s random bird’s nest in them they make holes and
nest inside the ribs and then once this Saguaro does die and there’s protected
in our state they’re not you’re not allowed to dig them up or knock them
down but if it dies on its own then as it starts to decay you get this very
interesting skeleton that looks kind of like it looks like that’s why they call
it ribs it’s got long skinny ribs inside of it that’s where the ridges of the
cactus are it’s a very interesting plant state flower so of course I’m gonna want
to put grandfather cactus in the middle of my image because that’s you know
that’s important for what I see out my window so then of course I have other
cactus the most common one it grows around here almost like a weed is the
prickly pear it has a fruit right now on it here in the fall you can harvest
those fruits and make them into jam and jelly and Fig Newton type cookies you’ve
just got to be careful of the spines you need to use very thick gloves and then
roast them to burn off all the spines before you get the pulp out of it
pulping seeds and then you can blend it strain it you know there’s all kinds of
ways to use it so I had lifted opps off some of the color to show my prickly
pear pad with their red fruit on the ends and
then I added back in yellow and green to kind of make them more three-dimensional
add it in some clay color which is a dark red kid all over color she make the
fruit added some more ones in the background to show that there are more
tall slim slender cactuses and then coming in on the side on the right
there’s a mesquite tree that has lost its most of its leaves at this point
because it’s starting to become colder here cold or not cold so here I am
adding a little piece of paper where that damaged paper is where the Sun disc
is because that paper it was almost like a hole in the paper you can see it on
the back side this piece of watercolor paper is 140 pound cold press so it has
definite bumps in it it’s right a little bit rough on this side and it is from a
journal that I created in 2017 and I just pulled the page out of it to use
for this painting so now I have some white India ink and the thing about
watercolor for me I’m definitely not a pro at watercolor at all because I don’t
leave the white space I have such a hard time leaving white space so my solution
to that is to use white India ink because it behaves like a lot like a
watercolor but it’s opaque another option would be to use gouache which is
the kind of more opaque watercolor product which I have a couple of washes
too but I just really like the Indian because it’s it’s easily blends with
water but is very opaque so I can start to come in and add highlight and bring
the white spaces back in my painting this does make it mixed-media because
I’m using more than one media I used well if you want if you think
that the crystals and the powders are different those are two different ones I
use pencil and of course I used in the ink so that makes this project
mixed-media so I’m just adding in highlights
thinking about the fact that the light source is in the center so on the left
side my highlights need to be on the right side and on the right side my
highlights need to be on the left side yeah that makes sense right also that in
the picture there was some sunrays coming down which I thought were kind of
cool so I included those in the painting and I’m also trying to put a little bit
of highlight up in the clouds too I hope you’ve enjoyed this video in this
painting if you did please remember to give it a thumbs up leave me a comment
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make a come to my window video for you and thank you to sue house for
organizing this hop that’s it for me thanks bye bye

19 thoughts on “Come to My Window Video Hop – Painting the Desert with Brusho and Colorburst

  1. Remarkable likeness Shel!! I never thought one could have so much control over powders and water. Amazing recovery on your horizon line leakage. I love your work and how you show the beauty of your area.❤️❤️❤️

  2. What a lovely view🥰 never tried that kind of media! It looks challenging❣️ you did a wonderful job😍😍😍😍

  3. Super view and job of using Brusho and Colorburst. I love playing with them but I cannot imagine creating a beautiful scene like you just did. The horizon line looked intentional on the finished page. Thanks so much.

  4. Wow! This is stunning!!! The powdered pigment worked out really well and created such an interesting background. I thought it looked perfect. You are so very talented Shel! And adding the white at the end was the perfect finishing touch. I also have a hard time leaving white space. Lol. Thank you for participating Shel! It was wonderful to have you. Sue

  5. So Beautiful! Love how you used the Brushos and KO Colorbursts! You show great control over the powders to get the effect you want! Gorgeous scene!

  6. I love your window scene! I really appreciate that you educate your viewers each time about the subject of the pieces.

  7. Stunning as always. I had some experiences with these Brusho powders and I know that it could be so tricky to work with them as watercolour in this way, I mean straight into the paper, but you really could deal with it very well. And thanks for sharing your artwork with us again 🙏🙏👌👍

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