The superbly cool thing about watercolour is, once you’ve done all your research and preparatory drawings, design etc and you’re hitting paper with water … it’s all on … right now!!
The difficult thing about watercolour is that once you’re hitting the paper with water, it’s all on … very scary … right now!!
ooo … what to do?
here are 7 things i’m thinking while i’m painting …
- this part is wet but it’s raw sienna and it looks stunningly luminescent and glowingly beautiful with burnt sienna dropped next to it … let them mingle. i’m using harmonious colours.
- this part should be a dark shadow so i’ll drop some dark cool violet or a neutral violet mixed from my palette. i’m thinking about my value range.
- i’ve got too many hard edges, while it’s still damp i’ll spray some water to get some of them to run. I’m thinking about Edge variety.
- i’m about to place my brush next to a vibrant green so i’ll need some neutral lightish red next to it … maybe alizarin with some of the vibrant green mixed into it or burnt sienna with a tiny amount of cobalt blue in it – depe
nds on what palette i’m using. Here I’m thinking about complementary colours.
- i’ve painted enough brush strokes with my 1 inch flat brush time to change to my number 16 round. I’m thinking about shape variety.
- this part should be in the background but is has a light yellow pulling it forward, i’ll neutralise it and make it recede into the background with a glaze of a dark coolish purple – tonal variety.
- i’ve got a really super shape here, i’ll repeat it 2 more times, different sizes, different directions and not exactly the same shape – shape variety.
and there’s much more as you can imagine.
Watercolour painting demands your complete attention, keep focussed while you are painting and stay in the zone.
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