Monday, March 03, 2008
I'm taking a watercolor class on Monday afternoons, 2-4 p.m. (wish it was an hour longer!), with a very good painter, Marie Natale. Here's today's (unfinished) painting; this is about an hour's worth of painting. What this painting lacks in subtlety I guess it makes up for in color; I think it may be the only thing I ever painted that looks better the farther away from it you get. I was trying to paint as Marie suggests: with a 75-25 ratio of paint to water; using a triad; applying the paint directly then overlapping or pushing different colors together on the paper; and painting on paper that is very nearly upright. It does make for luminous color ... Will probably try this again with more thought about the shapes in the background and lighter tones in the orchids.