In my previous post, Negative Painting with Texture, I used most of the techniques described below. In this post I will describe them in more detail and include a couple that I did not use...
The best and worst bits of 2014.
There is no shame in starting something at the beginning. Is there?
During my initial six week course I ask students to paint a colour wheel using three primary colours. This is regarded by some as too basic as they remember doing it back in primary school. So far I have yet to come across a person who, having done it, has not been amazed at the amount of hues that can be produced by just three colours.
Recently a student, who's been coming to my class for a while and is now an extremely accomplished artist, painted himself a new colour wheel. This is what he had to say...
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Pebbles, with texture.
"It's a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
A Trick of the Eye.
"In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false." - Edgar Degas.
As you know in watercolour you cannot paint a light tone over a dark one, unless you use opaque paints.
When learning to paint we start by drawing a picture and then colouring-in the shapes, usually with paint straight from the tube or pan. This method doesn't allow for the beauty of watercolour to be fully exploited.
Negative painting is an alternative approach in which the subject is established by painting around the object, rather than by painting the object itself.
Putting a "Spotlight on Watercolour"
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