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September 09, 2008
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.
The same subject at the four seasons of the year is illustrated.
In making the four rough color sketches, it was not my intention to ultimately finish four distinct painting. It was to try to find out which season was most suitable to the particular subject matter.
In this experiment I found the winter and fall to be the most effective.
Now I think about it, how many visitors go to New England area in the Spring or Summer especially to paint or take pictures.
It is another story of visitors using all sorts of transport to go----paint----and photograph the fall colors.
In the Spring and Summer paintings, the monotony of green made these compositions less satisfactory. The Winter scene, with a blanket of snow and cast shadows, lends itself to the placement of a high horizon line in the painting, giving more foreground.
In the Autumn scene, I have used a low horizon line because the elements of pictorial interest are above it. It gives the artist room to show the formation and character of trees. which makes the picture more interesting in composition and color.
In autumn one's instinct is always to look upward toward the trees and the sky for their vibrant symphony of breathtaking color. Note that when the horizon line is low the buildings appear larger; they are, however, identical as the four sketches were traced from the same drawing.
SIDEBAR: While New England is billed as the epicenter of fall colors. in reality fall colors may start there but there are great displays in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, mid western states, Virginia, Tennessee, - mountains in the west.
In short - there are lots of opportunities.
Lets take a look at this painting that was painted in classroom demonstration and go step-by-step.
Step - 1 Was on rough paper, it was wet with just plain water from top to bottom.
Step - 2 Two colors Permanent Rose and Cobalt Blue, were each mixed up (not mixed together). The Permanent Rose was painted with a number 14 Round brush right across the top three inches, then the brush was rinsed out in clear water and quickly brushed down to the base of the waterfall. A graded effect.
Step - 3 The painting was turned upside down and the water painted the same way as you just painted the sky. Dry it with a hair dryer. Never hold the dryer in one spot - move it back and forth. Dry one area while the rest is wet and you will get blossoms.
Step - 4 Wet both the top corners and drop in the Blue color making sure you only paint 50% of the wet area. It will now blend nicely as the Blue will creep into the Red leaving a nice transition between the colors. What very carefully the unpainted water line (where the Blue did not quite reach). Blot with tissue gently if you see a water tide mark developing. Dry.
Step - 5 Now the background trees in the center. Wet area above the waterfall, at the same time saving a dry area for the tops of the trees. Now paint the tops letting the middle part of the trees blend into the wet area (now you have fog or mist).
Step - 6 Do the same for the left and right side trees. Do not attempt to put the two very dark trees in yet. Dry. Now the two dark ones, a mixture of Paynes Gray and Sap Green. Again wet the area at their bases and paint into that area. Dry.
Step - 7 Turn paper upside down, paint the dark area on the right leaving some white places and dilute the brush with water and paint all the shapes to the waterfall. Same for the area on the left. Dry.
Step - 8 Dry brush in the waterfall.
Step - 9 The water ------------you do it.
Thanks for inviting me into your home - see you next week.
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