At least I think it is finished. I may darken the background a little bit more, but I am happy with the lace pattern that I added on the table and I do like the shadow now that I lightened it up a bit. Trying all of these new painting ideas is a lot of fun!
Here is my new little painting from my watercolor class with Caroline Linscott. If you are local to the Prescott, Arizona, area - you should contact her about her classes! There are spaces available.
Caroline has a tremendous amount of knowledge about watercolor techniques, and this week we dove into something that I had never done before. Woohoo - another adventure in painting!
Our reference photograph is a Hollyhock, but we are not painting this Hollyhock by mixing reds, pinks, and greens. We are actually building the colors in a value study and mixing them optically layer by layer.
A value study focuses on painting the same color, but adding more paint and less water for the darkest areas and more water and less paint for the lightest areas.
HINT: It was much easier for me to use the black and white photo for the first part of this painting, because I could focus on just the values and not the colors.
The first layer was painted in a bright yellow, the second value study layer was painted in orange (yes, you read that right!), and the next layer was painted in red. The red value layer of paint is painted wherever there is red in the painting. My red value layer isn't quite finished yet, but it is getting there.
Because watercolor is transparent, you now see both the yellow and the orange through the red. The next color I will add will be blue and I will then green. Yes, you heard me right - there will be green right over the top on the darkest values in this painting. If I do it right, you will see all the other colors peeking through. The transparent colors optically mix when they are painted in thin washes of color. I am kind of excited to see how this painting turns out.
So, some artistic hints and a nudge or two:
- Try something new! Every art form has lots of different approaches - look for a new way to use an old favorite medium.
- If you are local to Prescott, take a class from Caroline Linscott! If you aren't local, find a great teacher in your area and soak up some new information.
- And one final great hint... When you photograph your artwork, dust off the dog hairs. Hey, I could have retaken the photo - but I thought it was another good hint. *roflol*