watercolor on paper
19.5 x 27 inches
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Watercolor is such a great medium to render reflections on water.
I am painting a few watercolors on paper without mounting them on board for now as I will try to enter them in various watercolor competitions.
Here are the steps I took :
I started with a detailed drawing on Arches hot press 140 lb. I did wet the paper before and placed it on a stretcher.
Here is my color palette
Holbein: cobalt turquoise light,
Daniel Smith : Burnt Sienna
Da Vinci Prussian blue, Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Sap Green
Van Gogh: Madder Lake Light
I did save some whites with liquid resist.
I am starting by a gradated wash of Prussian Blue on the lower corners of the painting.
I then start painting the Lilly pads leaves, mixing colors wet in wet.
I am also painting the upper section, mixing different tones of Prussian blue and sap green wet in wet.
I work on the painting one section at a time, here starting to work on the water reflections under the Lilly pads.
For the middle section of the painting, I start by applying a light blue wash and then will paint the many colors of the water reflections.
I am mixing my colors directly on my working table, I like a bit of mess when painting
Water reflections: I have a lot of hard edges, that I will soften later with water and a stiff brush
I take off the resist ,soften edges and paint some white areas with a light wash
Time to splash! I made 3 washes mix, the blue wash has a bit of white gouache added to it.
I add splashes of color and spary the painting with water, letting the paint move and taking off paint I don’t want with a tissue paper.
watercolor on paper
17 x 29 inches
Here are a few close-up of the finished painting:
Here is a time lapse video,
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