I’ve started another painting from the same photograph, and am trying a different approach with it. Here it is in progress, waiting for me to get back to it, and hopefully keep the same light loose feel to it.
I wet both sides of the paper (this time it was 140 lb, the first completed one was on the thicker 300 lb paper) and I started painting on it wet in wet, meaning flowing pigment onto the already wet paper, and then as the paper slowly dried, I kept using thicker pigment but still in lighter values to start to define the circles and ripples. I think it has a lighter feel than the first one had at this stage. I’m hoping to continue in the same mode and have a more transparent watery surface. It’ll be interesting to hear, when this is done, which one you like better.
So this is my usual Tuesday Tips day, and I don’t have anything formally prepared other than to work in series. I felt so much more comfortable starting this one after completing the first. I only drew small circles and the edges of where the dark and light would meet, and I found more circles in the painting than I had seen previously.
My second tip is to paint with other supportive people and give each other advice. My friend Karen suggested on looking at this that I could suggest the circles, not necessarily complete all of them, to avoid the ‘bulls eye” look, and she was so right! I lifted areas of paint in several places that left part of the circles “not closed” and I like the look better.
One of these days I will post paintings on this blog of my watercolor friends, so you can see their work too.
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