Emphasis on the foreground berries, which is the focal point is achieved by painting them with crispier edges and more tonal contrast.
Working from photography, it is common to have an out of focus background, this is a photography artifact that you might want to replicate in some paintings to help you focal point stand out. Painting on wet paper will produce blurry edges that will become more defined as your paper is drying. You can take advantage of this property by painting first the elements with a soft focus first and then move progressively to paint the elements with more definition and crisper edges.
This video is part of a series of exercises and demonstrations included in my new book : Taming Watercolor, everything you need to know to get you started.
This book has the content I am teaching in workshops so you can get a workshop at home with access to extra exercises and videos !
In Taming Watercolor, you will find:
- All the basic skills you need to get you started with watercolor
- A password protected page with lots of extra exercises and videos.
- Links and qr codes to unlisted videos tutorials so you can watch videos as you are reading the book (by clicking on the link for the ebook and by scanning the qr code for the printed book)
- Step by step painting tutorials
Learn a series of basic skills that will give you some control over the medium of watercolor, and see how you can apply those skills to any subject, portraits, landscapes, still life… Each chapter contains small exercises you can try at home to help you master that skill and a video that shows me doing that same exercise.
Watercolor is all about water, controlling water is the key to better watercolor paintings.
You will learn and practice the following techniques : washes, painting wet on wet or wet on dry, blending or layering colors, preserving the white of your paper, lifting color, achieving a variety of edges quality, and fixing mistakes.
We will also discuss how to plan ahead your painting, the key to get confidence and avoid confusion while painting.
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