WC Sketch of a Old Barn by Jim Phillips

watercolour using Dickblick artist blocks on Canson coldpress 90# not

Almost a year ago I ordered a pocket size set of wc blocks that came with a small #2 round brush. I added a sketch pencil and wc pad along with a almost empty bottle on masking fluid, threw it all under the seat of my pickup truck. The other day I remembered I had put it there so I stopped on the way home and complete this quick sketch of this old barn. I used a drink cup that had about 80% water and 20% Coke in it. I don’t think the Coke changed the colour very much if any at all.

Buy it, I’m already well into my 60’s and if I’m going to be famous, well, I’m running out of time. I like to think my work has been influenced by the great impressionists, although my wife says it’s because I won’t go and get my eyes checked. At any rate, I do love to paint watercolour and acrylics and it’s a true wish of mine that you enjoy viewing my work. Go ahead and let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. (Well….the good ones anyway.)

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 3 years ago

    Superb work Jim , love it a fave x

  • Thanks Irene, really very sweet of you to Fav.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallabout 3 years ago

    Wow, Jim, wonderful work!!! I really like the feel here, a sure fav, buddy! Coke as a painting medium? Really? Huh! … couldn’t use it, I’d be drinking my supplies, lol!

  • I had just told Jennifer below, that I hope I don’t find ants all over it. LOL Thanks Bob.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 3 years ago

    This is great! Glad you came across those old supplies from a year ago….clean your vehicle very often???? LOL!

  • Barbara’s Lincoln gets cleaned often. my truck on the other hand …. well, we could have gone probably another year at least. LOL Thanks Marsha. PS I was looking for a hunting knive when I found it this time, not cleaning it out.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Jennifer Ingram
    Jennifer Ingramabout 3 years ago

    Wow. What a wonderful creation you came up with! I think I need to start hauling around my art supplies in my car. The coke gave it a nice retro/dated tint look! Nice work, Jim :)

  • I’d just start using Coke, but I could see walking into the house and finding one of these works I had framed and hanging on the wall now covered in ants…..lol Thanks Jennifer.

    – Jim Phillips

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks Liz, and this really was on the go.

    – Jim Phillips

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 3 years ago

    This is absolutely wonderful…….you should send this to Coke for a new idea for marketing

  • Now there a marketing idea, and truthfully not a bad one. May just do that kj.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 3 years ago

    it is lovely Jim..the first thing I noticed were the soft, warm colours…the Coke worked well :) ..

  • With the respouses I got on this one Linda, I may just start using coke and water mix from here on out. LOL Thanks dear.

    – Jim Phillips

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 3 years ago

    The sullied water was very effective…I think the results are beautiful..

  • The more I study the finished work the more I realize the sullied water may actually had some effects on the completed outcome. Mmmmmmm…. Thanks Janis.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    March 19th, 2012
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thank you so much Mary, I’m always delighted to see a Painter’s Universe featured icon attached to my work. Makes me very proud.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamabout 3 years ago

    You do sound a character Jim! Was it caffeine free?? Probably VERY important!! I love the sketch and plein aire painting though I don’t do enough!

  • Thanks Kay, You can see how prepared I was for plein aire painting. I try it at least once a year, if for no other reason to remind myself why I enjoy studio painting so much. The strange thing is I really enjoy the outdoors and spend alot of time there. My wife and I enjoy both flower and vegetable gardens. it’s just that I don’t enjoy painting outdoors that much.

    – Jim Phillips

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