Happy accidents happen when you play around — at least in watercolor! Here are some of the steps that led to this experiment that I am calling finished.
Step one was dampening the paper with clear water and then putting in pigment drops. The consistency was more pigment than water, but not pure pigment. Various artists refer to these consistencies as various everyday objects. Joseph Zbukvic discusses this in his book Mastering Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolor as either tea, coffee, milk, cream, butter (see also Brienne M Brown’s explanation and wonderful watercolors). Michael Riordan referred to them all as forms of dairy: skim, 2%, whole, cream, butter.
After that I carefully put in more darks to develop shrub/tree area.. I’m put detail really only in the area of the focal point rather than putting it on the periphery or outer edges of the painting where it would distract from the story of Shade.
In step 3 I also filled in some of the distracting white sparkles in the foreground that I thought might distract from the focal point. In our workshop, Michael referred to this as “tinselitis”.
Step 4 has the shadow of the tree to ground it. This was a fun little piece to play around with. It could have gone many other ways…but as in real life, there is no “reset” button! It is what it is!
Today my plein air EASEL is scheduled to arrive!! I hope it’s soon. Thanks for stopping by…