A simple value sketch and half finished painting.

We worked with shadows again today in my class. First we did simple sketches and blocked in all the middle values. We transferred the drawing to watercolor paper and swooped through all the areas that wouldn't be left white with a wash of manganese blue. In some areas successive colors were dropped into the wet blue paint, and in some areas they were glazed over the dry blue pigment. There is still some more to be added to the painting above.

Next week the class would like to do some paintings of snow. Perfect. I had started to work on some myself, and snow is all about shadows.

Just went to see It's Complicated. Cute. Now I have to go look up the sound track.

Is everyone painting? Wasn't that on your new year's list of goals - to paint more? It was on mine, and I must admit I haven't done too well. I have to think about it. Have to build up to it. It'll be fine.


WWendi said...

This is really beautiful! Thank you for sharing how you started this painting. I carry your book with me in my handbag every where I go. I wish I could see how you paint in person. Your work always looks so fresh, and sparkles with light. Someday, I like my watercolors to look like that!

Carol said...

I love manganese! Your painting really sparkles!

annie said...

I agree with Wendi and Carol. And your book is the perfect size for carrying with us. My Daniel Smith Manganese arrived-- thank you. It's so helpful to see what you are doing with it since I have everything to learn about it and your Cobalt Violet-- and what fun that will be!

Anonymous said...

As Wendi and Annie, I love your book. Look at it all the time and wonder..."How did she do that?"
Thanks so much for walking us through the painting a ways... loved it.
5 more toys to 'stitch-paint' then back to my brushes. Wow!! (D-in-L will sew edges of the quilt together. Quite a masterpiece, really.) Pain continues.
Oh, well... BJR