SCRATCHINGS FROM THE SKETCHPAD of the WorldWideWatercolorist
The painting, The Water Carriers, won Best of Show in the exhibit, Art Through the Ages. The painting will be exhibited in the 2nd Congressional office of Representative Jared Polis’ Washington office for one year.
High Road to Chimayo took First Place in the 2014 Colorado Watercolor Society Members Show.
- Art Through the Ages: November 2-9, Loveland Museum/Art Gallery. Reception Nov. 6, 3-4:30 p.m. I have 2 watercolor paintings in this show that portray scenes of northern Colorado.
- The Music of Art: October 9, 10 & 11, 2015, Rialto Theater . This was a huge success that received standing ovations and raving reviews from attendees. Maestro Clifford Schultz produced and directed the unique blending of beautiful choral music with visual creations by 12 artists who spoke of the inspirations for their work
- A Retrospective in Painting and Text by Richard Schilling. Loveland, Museum and Gallery, December 9, 2016 – February 19, 2017. I know this is a long time off, but for me, preparing a hundred paintings and numerous essays by that date will seem like tomorrow. More information will follow. Information: http://www.loveland museumgallery.org
The morning dawned bright and crisp as a Colorado day in June should. After weeks of rain native grasses stood tall and dappled sunlight pierced a canopy of cottonwood leaves. It was a perfect morning for plein air painting . . . one that would surely stimulate the creative juices of an artist. I was helping to organize the Governor’s Art Show’s Plein Air and Auction event that was hosted at the beautiful and historic Osborn Farm near Loveland. Fifteen artists, whose work was featured in the opening ceremony of the Governor’s Art Show the night before, fanned over the farm to find their muse and a beautiful painting. After two hours, the Swiss bell rang and participants framed their work and hung them in the venerable, Osborn barn which served as an art gallery for prospective buyers to peruse the gem-like pictures. At twelve o’clock noon, John Kinkade used his professional skills to auction each painting to happy buyers.
- **** Hacksaw Ridge: A true story of Desmond T. Doss who risked his own life many times obsessed with a passion to save other lives on the battle field. A war movie directed by Mel Gibson. A must see!
- **** The Intern (PG-13). Seasoned wisdom collides with millennial culture in this refreshing flick by the producer, Nancy Meyers. Ben Whittaker (Robert De Nero) applies to the Senior Intern Program at an online, chic clothing company founded by Jules (Anne Hathaway), the workaholic founder of the business that is rapidly becoming a victim of its own success. Neither condescending nor full of tired senior jokes, the movie is sweet, humorous, and thoughtful.
- *** Turner (R) 150 min. I waited with great expectation to see this film. I was disappointed that a more exemplary life was not chosen for this screen play. It is about the genius and eccentricity of the artist, JMW Turner during the last quarter century of his life. It begins with magical photography of the English countryside wrapped in somber music. It goes downhill from here. However, those who stick with this film will discover a socially-stunted, autistic painter of luminous seascapes.
In Lesson One I discussed how to select the right sketchbook for your purpose. Here is a check list of items you may wish to carry in your pack.
- Your favorite graphite pencil (No. 2 will work), a kneaded eraser, and a black gel or rollerball pen. A pen with permanent ink is preferred with a nib size of .5 mm. (extra fine). I like to make ink drawings when traveling. They can be finished pieces in themselves, or I can add watercolor to enhance the pictures.
- Bring some paper clamps along to hold down the extra pages from flapping in the breeze.
- A Watercolor travel set is a basic requirement for a journal artist. Check out these brands: Da Vinci Watercolor Set in Travel Tin, Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Pocket Travel Set, Schmincke, and Sennelier travel sets.
- Brushes: Some travel sets include a small brush. I prefer the travel brushes that have covers to protect the sable points. They are more expensive but are worth the price for protection. Start with a No. 6 brush and add others as you find the need.
- A small plastic folding water cup and a small bottle of water. If you have none, be creative. Find a paper cup or something nearby that will hold a small amount of water.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS OF INTEREST
- TomBow Dual Brushes: These are watercolors that are delivered from individually colored brushes. They do not contain alcohol as many others do. Individual colors can be selected, or a “Landscape Series” pack may be purchased. The colors can be intense. I would suggest selecting 6 or 8 single brushes that are not dark in chroma.
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Fine Art Watercolor: I suggest carrying a small bottle of Burnt Umber and a small brush to add shading and 3-dimension to ink sketches. It can be very effective.
- A tablet of watercolor postcard blanks and a few postcard postage stamps.
HAVE FUN, BUT DO NOT BE TOO CRITICAL OF YOUR WORK. IT IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK!
Edition 1: “Starting a Travel Sketchbook”
I have just returned from a visit to Grenada in the West Indies. This island is not overrun with tourists and T-shirt stalls. The landscape varies from the beautiful Grand Anse and shoreline at St. George’s to a hill top height of 2,750 feet that is covered with exotic flora including many nutmeg trees. . . . it is called the “spice island.” We found the Caribbean cuisine delightful and unique, the dark skinned people handsome, and weather to be perfect. There is a subject worthy of painting from any direction one might cast their eyes. I painted 12 watercolor sketches during my short stay.
I have added a new line of hand-crafted silver jewelry called Richard Schilling Designs. Many years ago while attending the University of Nebraska I studied silversmithing. It became a natural adjunct to my practice of dentistry. For many years I cast and fabricated silver and gold jewelry for my friends and family. More recently, I researched the market for Nebraska-themed designs. Having found none, I introduced a line of pendants using Nebraska and the University as themes for women. Images of these pendants can be found in the Gift Shop.
I traveled to Mexico with several Loveland Rotarian friends in July to provide help and hope to a small community of San Martin in the State of Puebla. We helped create a micro-credit bank that will assist farmers of this poor village to plant commercial crops that will produce income. A Rotary grant has provided a water line from a distant stream to a “shade house” that produces “Dragon Fruit” (pitahaya). As my custom, I carry a sketchbook in my backpack wherever I go. My impromptu sketches were mostly of children. It was a challenge and good practice for me to try to capture quick-moving subjects.
My third book, “The Forgotten Edge of Russia—A Mission to the “Ends of the Earth” has been released. It is an account of my experiences as a volunteer dentist in the Siberian Arctic. There, I found myself hostage to constant storms. Confined to a small room I maintained an optimistic attitude by painting small watercolors of events happening outside my window. It can be purchased in the Gift Shop or from any book seller.