Today I posted a series of progress shots of a small bird sitting among branches. This tracing which I drew from one of my photos became the subject of instruction for my upcoming intermediate watercolour class.
Negative painting is a difficult process. It requires patience and I am not a very patient artist.
I began by looking at colours I liked and found other art that incorporated that colour into pleasing and interesting compositions.
By far recently, phthalo turquoise has been a really wonderful colour to work with. Very staining, but what a set of tones it can produce. Quinnacridone coral from Daniel Smith is also a lovely colour. I’m still sitting on the fence with which yellow I enjoy working in. I’ve tried Windsor yellow, cadmium yellow, azo nickel yellow, new gamboge and new gamboge hue, Naples yellow and hansa yellow. I still have difficulty getting it to stay vibrant and not get lost and over taken by a blue or a red or just get consumed by water into the paper and forever lost to the effects I wish to create.
Again, I digress. This painting is about layering from light to dark and finding patterns and images by painting around the actual subjects. Not always easy or achieved, I tried to incorporate it into this piece.