Starting with a completely distorted view of the whole thing...it's not a big room!
I can teach technique, but the expression of a painting comes from within you and is unique to you.
A glaze is a wash that is applied over another wash that has been allowed to dry. Layering colour, in other words.
Glazes are extremely useful in altering a picture whilst still keeping it looking fresh. It makes colours appear luminous and creates beautiful nuances not possible by mixing colour in the palette or on the paper, wet-in-wet.
If you did the exercise Using Tone To Create Aerial Perspective, you were glazing. You will have noticed that non-staining colours lift and that tone is easily controlled by utilizing the glazing technique.
There are other purposes for using a glaze-:
My latest Watercolour Painting
Paintings of other birds and animals (and fish) can be found in the gallery.
"I am still learning" ~ Michelangelo’s motto.
Painting wet-into-wet is an exciting and unpredictable technique which allows the paints to flow and blend into one another in beautiful unexpected ways. The ethereal effects create mystery and intrigue and suggest at reality.
It allows for a variety of colours to be used without making a dominant feature, and by substituting detail with variation in colour and/or tone you create interest in a subtle way.
It creates soft edges. Hard edges (wet-on-dry) draw the eye, remember, so having soft, wet-into-wet edges creates contrast. By using the wet-into-wet technique in the background, aerial perspective is created.
This technique also creates nebulous passages of colour that help set mood and atmosphere.
One cannot predict what will happen, it's a matter of reacting to, and using to your advantage, what happens on the paper. It is the joy of watercolour! For all of these reasons, to me, it is the essence of watercolour painting. The wet-into-wet technique involves "watching paint dry", but in this case it can be far from boring, but you have to be fearless and brave with it!
I think it is the hardest of the watercolour techniques to master so I made the following notes which, although complicated, I hope will help...
My latest watercolour painting
Blue tits pecking the silver foil tops of milk bottles to reach the milk underneath has become part of British folklore.
It began when milk was delivered to British doorstops in bottles that had no tops at the beginning of the 20th Centuary. Birds had easy access to the fat rich cream that settled at the top of the bottle. In those days two species of British garden birds learnt to siphon up the cream from the tops of the open bottles; blue tits and robins.
After the First World War dairies began to seal the bottles with aluminium foil bottle tops to keep the milk fresher meaning this new food source had been cut off from the birds. However, by the 1950s the entire UK blue tit population had learnt how to pierce the bottle tops to reach the cream, whereas the robins never did. Occasionally an individual robin learnt how to pierce the milk bottle seal but the skill never spread to the whole population as it did with blue tits.
The same opportunistic instincts could provide a lifeline for the much-loved Horse Chestnut tree, along with the knuckle-bruising game of conkers. Horse Chestnut trees are at risk by the caterpillars of the Leaf Miner. These moths mine into the leaves, causing them to brown and drop prematurely and many are dying. A biologist from the University of Hull, Darren Evans, has found that blue tits have started to hoover up these invasive pests, which provide abundant and easy pickings for the blue tit during the breeding season.
I was inspired to paint this picture by a memory of growing up in the 70's. We would often go to get the milk in only to find a blue tit had already syphoned off the cream, the best bit! With the introduction of semi-skimmed and skimmed milk, and the decrease of doorstop deliveries, this has practically died out now.
Other paintings of Birds and Animals can be viewed in the Gallery.
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