Tuesday, June 15, 2010
the lake and watercolor underpaintings
Couldn't resist the peacefulness of the lake this morning.
This gives me a good example to talk a little about underpainting.
When I looked at the lake I see the colors on top( the highlights on the water and the light refraction (off the trees) I also see what is underneath- the pinkish/muddy water of the lake, and the deeper purple shadow of the understory of the trees. Then I see the color of the whole. Does that make sense? When using the watercolor I aim only to paint the underneath. I layered some pinks in the water and sky and purple values in the trees. When using the pastels I don't try to get the RIGHT color I try to make the right color with many pastels. I choose colors to harmonize...not always what is there. I guess that's why I just use the tiny heilman box.
Another note, I have been working hard at night (of course not using painting time) to make the online sales the opens on Thursday. So far 31 paintings are included. Some of them are so good I am having second thoughts about not sending them to the gallery. I think you will like them. Wait and see. I hope Thursday comes fast!