Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In work - a fairy
This is yesterday's work. It doesn't look like much, does it, but I slaved over it. I'm not good at drawing and so my initial sketches are full of erasures and do-overs.
When I begin to paint, an amazing calm comes to me. I love just watching the paints flow into the water. I like to mix unlikely colors and see what happens. Watercolor allows you to do that.
The photo shows how far I've gotten. This stage is sometimes called the under painting. When the painting is finished, this painting is underneath, giving the colors a glow, a different cast. If you skip the underpainting part, the painting just doesn't have the impact.
So here you see undersea green and a deep orange brown swimming in the water and becoming something I couldn't just paint. I just get to watch - and tweak it a little. On the other hand, the edges of the wings are deliberately made crisp by a violet made of a red and a blue. More red than blue, but I like the effect.
So, maybe I'll paint today and maybe I'll write. Check back to see how the painting is coming.