I was very happy to learn that my watercolor and mixed media painting : I wish it would snow Flowers was selected for the #13 of the Splash series, Splash 13 : Alternative Approaches
I wish it would snow Flowers
Watercolor and mixed media on paper
15 x 22 inches
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I found some pictures that show some of the process I used to paint this watercolor.
This is the picture I used as a reference, I modified in on paint shop pro to remove the background. I would love to work from life but unfortunately it is difficult to find that kind of time with children :-)
A watercolor painting tutorial, layering technique : I wish it would snow Flowers
This is my drawing, the paper is Arches cold process. I am using some liquid frisket to reserve the white in some part of the hat and the tiny highlight in the eyes.
This is my first layers of yellow, mainly with Yellow ocher for painting the face.
On the background I used Cadmium Yellow.
Here I start to add the red, I use black and white pictures of split colors channel to do so, see post here for details (http://paintingdemos.com/2010/06/03/using-software-to-help-with-layering-colors-in-watercolors/)
Here I start adding some blue, I am careful to have a “light hand” with blue as it can quickly overpower the other colors.
Adding other colors to adjust. I mixed some gouache with blue watercolor on the background. I try to show some texture on purpose on the background as well. I also leave some backruns on purpose in some dark areas of the hat.
Here is a closeup of the face.
I work on the background with watercolor pencils dipped in water.
The finished painting.
You can also watch a quick recapitulation on this video:
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