Artist of the month || Artistul lunii

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José Tapiró y Baró – Reus, 1836 – Tanger, 1913. Remarkable exponent of Spanish Orientalism. His work depicts mainly people and scenes from Morocco – where he lived from 1876 until his death – and it is said that in order to have access to community and family events,  that allowed him a close and truthful observation of the Moroccan life, he would often disguise himself as a Muslim man or even a Muslim woman.

A short while ago I came across the work of this outstanding but little know artist, Jose Tapiro y Baro, officially my newest artistic crush ❤ My Facebook followers have already been introduced to him but he deserves more exposure.

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Colored blacks and Watercolor Sketches || Negruri colorate si Schite in Acuarela

watercolor sketch plein-air

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A few days ago I bought myself a nice little box of Windsor & Newton watercolors. I love them, the colors are vibrant and rich, the box is cute, but they have two tiny flaws:

No. 1 –  the colors don’t dry very fast and remain a bit too gooey even hours after I stop using them; and because I mainly use them out and about and keep them in my bag, they move around in the box and get stuck to the lid;

No. 2 – there is no black color pan inside!!! And what do you do when life doesn’t give you a black color pan in your watercolor travel box? You effing mix that black yourself!  And this takes us to the subject of my little blog post today: colored blacks. This time I’m in a for a longer article because I think some of you might find this info useful.

What are colored blacks, how to mixed them and why to use them? Keep on reading.

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Sketches, scribbles, watercolors

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Grandpa Dobri, the old beggar from Bulgaria. Google him… his story is astonishing…

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Character below inspired by the novel “Quo Vadis” 

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Three caricatures of Liam Neeson in “Kingdom of Heaven”

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… and lots and lots of sketches in the airport…

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Must. Practice. Drawing. Feet

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On the train…

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