Watercolor Journal Entry 2

Painted this scene on location at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri on June 28, 2016.
The dry paint pans worked much better for this sketch.  Everything was going great, until I started tweaking the sketch at the very end.  I ended up dropping a blob of water and paint onto the sketch.  Totally my fault for being careless.  Another “hard” lesson to have learned! 

I am pleased with the final sketch, although I liked it much better before the careless mistake mentioned earlier.  On a positive note, I was able to fix the messy blob spot to a satisfactory level.  

I also enjoy watching and photographing trains, and was able to watch four of them go by while I was painting. An overall excellent day! 

Tom Conboy 

Watercolor Journal Entry 1

I purchased this journal book of watercolor paper at Hobby Lobby a few years ago. The plan was to go out every week or two and document scenes. Time to dust off 3 years of inactivity and get started! 

I finally got started with watercolor journaling on June 13. I tried to sketch and paint a scene along the railroad tracks in Bernie,  Missouri.  The MFA elevator is the focal point for this quick watercolor sketch.  My goal was to complete it in less than an hour due to the fading sunlight.  I also included the time, temperature, and additional information on the opposite page (not visible in photo below). 

The completed painting is less than satisfactory, but the lessons learned were valuable.  This journal features handmade paper and appears to have little or no sizing on it.  I use dry watercolor paint pans as well tube paints. I tried using tube paints with this paper, and the results were not good. The watercolor paint absorbed quickly into the paper with little opportunity to rework it.  A little color went a long way, and the chroma was far more intense in several areas than it should have been. I will use the dry paint pans with this journal paper in the future. 

The overall experience was enjoyable, and I look forward to the next journaling opportunity! 

Tom Conboy 

Alexander and MainĀ 

I painted this scene on location at Caledonia, Missouri.  The two structures are the Old Village Mercantile and Methodist Church.  It was a warm, early spring day, and I still can remember that day as if it was yesterday. This painting was sold at Pumpkin Fest in Caledonia back in 2012.

Alexander and Main (12 x 16 inches; watercolor) 

Tom Conboy 

Abandoned Grain Elevator


This scene is located in Dexter, Missouri.  The grain facility is no longer in use, and I am not sure it will ever be used again in the future.  
I really enjoy exploring old rural communities for scenes like this.  So many relics of days long ago.  These types of scenes are favorites of mine, and are great subjects to paint!

Tom Conboy