Continued practice. Plein air color/value study and color sketch from the study and a reference photo. Testing pre-wetting the paper, leaving whites and sequential light to dark washes, working wet into wet. Making mistakes.
Continued practice. Repeating a scene, testing pre-wetting the paper, working wet into wet with sequential light to dark washes. Making mistakes.
Continued practice. Repeating a scene, testing pre-wetting the paper, leaving whites and sequential light to dark washes. Making mistakes.
Repeating one of the exercises learned during the Andy Evansen workshop. Simplifying a scene, identifying the large mid value shape. Doing a value study as a shape testing and shape painting plan. Preparing wash puddles larger than needed. Painting shapes continuously down and across the painting by overlapping and maintaining the bead of wash shape. Working from light to mid to dark, loosely in the beginning and tighter towards the end. Loosing detail in the beginning and bringing it back at the end.
Paint every day even if it’s just for 15 minutes either by laying a clean continuous wash of one or several colors. Test brushes and papers. Hone the ability to pitch values in watercolor dark enough by seeing how much lighter it dries. Reserve whites where needed, paint negatively, paint negatively, paint negatively, repeat, and repeat and repeat.
Venice_190116d1 11×15″ sketch of a travel photo, Arches 300lb. cp. and Venice_190116c1 11×15″ color study, Fabriano Artistico 140lb. cp.
5.5×7.5″ value study and 7.5×11″ color study of a travel photo.