Friday, March 4, 2011
Bringing Back the Whites
Lifting color to Bring Back White...I first did a thumbnail of my idea and then layed in washes in burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and ultramarine blue and various mixtures of the three colors. Beam recommends that you use a foam brush to lift color, but since I didn't have one, I used an inch flat watercolor brush and proceeded to lift out areas including my leaf shapes. After it dried, I added paint to define and tweek the composition using the same colors I used for the initial washes. Except for the final application, which gives you hard edges, this lifting technique gives you a gentle, soft effect. This painting is 6" x 12" and is painted on Canson Tientes 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.