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January 13, 2009
WATERCOLOR PAINTING JUST GOT EASIER FOR YOU
NO MORE TIME WASTING WITH TRIAL AND ERROR
SUPRISE YOUR CLOSE ONE'S WHEN THEY SEE YOUR PAINTINGS
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN PAINT OR IF YOU THINK YOU CANNOT PAINT YOU ARE RIGHT.
YOU CAN LEARN TO PAINT BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLORS.
A good floral painting requires some technical expertise of fine portraiture, careful attention to principles of design and composition. Sense of color and light.
Theres nothing quite like the effect of sunlight dancing through flower petals to get the painting juices flowing.
SO - lets begin with a fun, exciting vertical painting that DOES NOT COMPLY with any of the above statements.
Consider this a great exercise in "CREATIVITY", also trying to escape that inner fear of making the painting just right (whatever that means to you).
Take a deep breath, ignore what the paper cost, put it out of your mind. I have seen and felt students face a white sheet of paper, afraid they were going spoil a good piece of paper - SO WHAT.
Ask yourself this question, will my standard of living change if I mess up a few sheets of paper - will I still live in the same house - what bad things will happen - NOTHING.
GO FOR IT
Tape the paper all the way around the edges, no gaps, you do not want paint to creep under the paper, and then appear minutes later as a "blossom".
Mix up a batch of colors as shown,
mix plenty, you do not want to run out. You are going to paint fast, throwing caution to the wind. No time to stop and mix paint.
Wet the paper with a fine mist vertically - top to bottom, from a sprayer leaving some area dry. You have drawn a container for your flowers, don't wet this area.
Using a large round brush at least a #12, holding almost on the end, do not hold brush near the hairs. Holding brush at the end you have little control (which is good) start applying paint in the top left corner as shown.
Spray with water, let it run down the sheet -
Drop in Red right along side the Blue area. Spray -
Continue to add other colors spraying if necessary. NOTE: how colors and water glide around the drawn container, not going into the dry area.
The surface is very wet, water is dripping everywhere, that's why I'm stood in the bathtub.
Looks like I did not shape around the left side of container with water. Do you see it? A blossom has started to develop , this how you can handle a blossom, bear in mind the paper is still wet. You can dry the paper then scrub it out, or if it is still damp take a very dry brush and gently work back and forth. PAY ATTENTION to this tip if you were going to mop up water in your home with a mop it would be dry , not wet. If you are going to mop up on wet paper or damp NEVER,NEVER have the brush wetter then the paper, in other words if a wet brush touches a damp surface the water will be released into the paper causing you more grief . Paper wetter than brush ,. brush sucks up the water. Paper drier than the brush, paper sucks water from the brush. KEEP THIS IN MIND when you attempt to make any corrections on damp paper .
With thicker paint (less water) start to paint any flower shape you wish. Just, still be very loose in applying paint, go for it.
Keep going adding colors that are close to each other on the color wheel (analogous colors).
Notice some colors are dripping down the paper. No sweat, take a clean wet brush run it across the beginning of drip (horizontal action) and pat with tissue.
Then quickly wipe brush down drip line - pat with tissue.
Look at that nice glowing white area of paper under the Red.
Should have left that in, rather than paint it, which I did.
Quickly painting in more colors. By the way just kidding about standing in the bath tub
Now spend as much time as you want to finish off a few details.
Do you know the difference between REFLECTION AND REFRACTION.
For next weeks newsletter when we start to paint Florals fairly Tight - you will need to know the difference between the two words.
This weeks newsletter has been very important in so much, it makes you use and practice imagination and creativity. PLEASE TRY IT.
Also some of you forgot about giving our fellow would be artist's a few comments. Home Page - submit your work - left side. PLEASE HELP EACH OTHER.
See you next week "All About Florals".
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