Wednesday, August 11, 2010
more underpainting wisdom from richard
"When you paint, drift vertically. Allow your watercolor to appear more ghost-like, edges disappear.
sfumato-as if through smoke, to evaporate through smoke. Leonardo da Vinci was the master of it.
Simply put-gradual transitions between colors and values, no hard edges. smoke.
Don't over fragment on underpainting
A stroke on half-dried edges makes for softer edges. "
This was yesterday's painting. I was thinking about Richard's words as I drove to my old friend the river. It was hot, about 97 and climbing higher as I worked The chill of Washington State can no longer be felt. I moved to the deep shade, as you can tell by the painting. The Potomac had its usual warm muddy thickness. The cicadas sang their lively songs.
My goal was to merge the paint vertically and to allow the more hazy - heat be part of the painting. I think I let the painting get a little too dark and it's always better to go lighter rather than darker. If you want the feeling of light. I also think that the underpainting had sfumato, but I lost it in the pastel....I guess I will just keep working. ;-)
For more excellent information read Richard's Pastel Pointer's blog post about sfumato.