In our painting group we had Fernando back to show us more on doing portraits. After completing a sketch, with his help, I transferred it to illustration board and started the first wash of very pale ultramarine blue. It was the first time I’d worked on this board and it reacts so differently than watercolor paper. The wash was uneven and I lost my mind for a second and went back in to fix it, and ended up streaking it. We decided it was good practice to follow through and work on it, streaked or not. Some people in the group thought it was cool that she was coming out of the mist…I’m not convinced!
What was an eye opener to me was actually doing a painting with just one pigment because it forces you to only concentrate on the value, or relative lightness or darkness of the section.
In the interest of learning more about values, I decided to make tiny ATC size value sketches from paintings in a book by Ron Ransom, Perfecting Your Watercolors.
I can really see how doing these sketches would be extremely useful in planning a work of my own.