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Monday, March 2, 2009

Rick's Work Boots



I finished this painting this week ... it is a picture of my son Rick's work boots and is painted on a full sheet of Arches 140 lb. hot-pressed watercolor paper. I used liquid watercolors to pour the background on wet paper. Then I painted the boots, and then finished by working back in to the background by sponging more color (brown/violet) on the bottom, going over it with a 2" wash brush and then adding the brown/violet paint and yellow to the background (which caused the poured background colors to lift/run/bloom.) I also spattered the dark violet/brown on the damp areas in the bottom of the painting and sprayed clear water over the background at the top. I used indian yellow, violet, blue-violet and paynes gray for my palette and did have to touch up some parts of the shoe laces with gouache where I accidently painted over them. Overall, I was happy with the results.

4 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

SO COOL! Excellent painting. I love the way the colors flow right into my eyes. Beautiful.

Chris said...

The painting says a lot. Great palette!

Barbara Sailor said...

Sandy,
Thanks so much for the compliment. I am going to try your bubble technique tonight. That is cool!
Barb

Chris,
Thank you so much for your comment. It is very appreciated.
Barb

Myrna said...

This is painted so beautifully! Love the contrast between wet and juicy and tight and controlled. The image came up so big when I clicked on it that I started trying different crops. Would love to see you do another more tightly cropped - there were lots of additional exciting images in there.