Sunday, October 31, 2010
Vintage Fire Truck
This is the latest lesson I have prepared for my intermediate watercolor students at the Riverside Arts Center. It is a vintage fire truck from the Wet Canvas image reference library. The photographer is "trix from the stix." The painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper. I tried to keep it nice and loose and except for the final details, it is basically a painting with a poured underpainting in reds and light browns. I lifted the highlights on the truck with a damp brush while the painting was still wet. Then I did a very wet-in-wet painting of the foliage and after all dried - I tightened it up with the detailing. I used a lot of greens in the background because I like the contrast created by the complementary reds and greens. Hope the students enjoy painting this one. I love vintage trucks!