Monday, June 23, 2008

Flowers and Cup


After reading that an artist watercolor procedure was to block in the middle values first (leaving a lot of white paper all over the place) and then placing in a few darks I felt like watercolor made more sense to me. Since I'm coming from an oil painters frame of mind of blocking in the darks first this felt like such a relief. I also saw some really beautiful dark backgrounds so that inspired me to try one. I used a few drops of gum arabic in a pint of water. Used alizarin and winsor green. It gives it a matte appearance but it is very dark which is what I wanted. I'm going to have to make a test and see if I can get it as dark without the gum arabic.
"Flowers and Cup" watercolor on board, 4x3 inches. POR