STEP BY STEP ….

 ALWAYS LOOKING AT NEW TECHNIQUES, THIS STEP BY STEP SHOWS THE PROCESS I USED TO CREATE “FALL MIST”.

(See Gallery 1 for finished painting)

 

sketch 1 and sketch 2

sketch 1 and sketch 2

'FALL MIST' reference photos

‘FALL MIST’ reference photo

 

My inspiration for this piece came from browsing through the book “Fill your Watercolors with Light and Colour” by Roland Roycraft.

Using minimal brushwork for this piece, I concentrated on pouring the paint, spraying with water and a little sponging.

I originally decided I would paint in the portrait position, exactly as the reference photo. After trying a couple of thumbnail sketches, I changed my mind and decided on a closer horizontal composition (see sketch 1).

STEP 1 – MASKING

Once a light sketch is on my paper, I started by masking a large area of my work. The masking fluid in this photo shows as a orangy yellow colour.

MASKING

MASKING

STEP 2 – ADDING WINSOR RED

First saturating the paper with water, I placed the paper flat on a table, covered with a thirsty towel. I mixed up a strong wash of Winsor red and dropped the bright red into to the select areas of my work without worrying about where the paint ran. I gave it a few squirts of water to help it move around and let it dry.

ADDING WINSOR RED

ADDING WINSOR RED

STEP 3 – ADDING BLUES

Once it was dry I dropped in some French Ultamarine  and  Indigo Blue, tipping my paper from side to side to create some shadows in the foreground.  Once again I let this layer dry.

ADDING BLUES

ADDING BLUES

STEP 4 – ADDING MORE COLOUR

I warmed up the foliage some more by adding alizarin crimson and aureolin yellow, dropping a little sap green in the shadows.

ADDING ALIZARIN CRIMSON

ADDING ALIZARIN CRIMSON/AUREOLIN /SAP GREEN

STEP 5 – REMOVING MASK

Once this layer dried I removed all the masking.

REMOVING MASK

REMOVING MASK

STEP 6 – ADDING TEXTURE

Using the colours I previously mixed, I used a sponge to add a little textured detail, and darker background.

SPONGING FOR TEXTURE

SPONGING FOR TEXTURE

STEP 7 – FINISHED PAINTING

Just blotted the background a little, added a few details with the brush and my painting is finished!

FINISHED

FINISHED PAINTING.

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