Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"Pencil Marks are Important"
Tuesday I woke up and it was COLD!!! I didn't plan for this - I aimed for HEAT! So, I stayed inside and simply looked out the window to this view - (holy smoke!). The first is a sketch I did first then I did it again in watercolor. There is no ink outline, like my little drawings in my sketch journal or the ones I do with the Urban Sketchers - this is a real, full blown water color. Ovanes says the pencil marks are important. The wet washes are important and you build the painting layer at a time. The colors in the drawing are really terrific simply due to the fact that there are SO many - building and building to make the darker darks and leaving a thin, transparent layer for the lights. A great thing about watercolor is you can always 'erase' by wetting the brush and rubbing out something you don't like.