Monday, December 29, 2008

Tempting Colors

10 x10 pastel and watercolor on Uart paper $100. plus tax and shipping
Back to another place I love....the reservoir. I have been asked many times recently; "why do you underpaint in watercolor?"
After this morning's work I made a list:
1. Watercolor can be massed quickly. I really like to play off a mass of color rather than white paper.
2. Watercolor has a beautiful translucent vibrancy. It is Richard McKinley (pastel god) who has challenged me to leave more of the watercolor visible in the final painting.
3. I like to underpaint with more intense colors than the finished product (again, something to play off of). With watercolor underneath I have more room to build color if necessary.


Katherine Tyrrell said...

Sally Strand also works pastel over watercolour. She uses it to underpin values and to enhance optical vibrancy

Loriann Signori said...

Thanks Katherine, I did not know that. Her work is absolutely beautiful.