Each day I will try to add to this demonstration sharing a few fun results that make up a loose painting in Watercolour.
When we sketch a scene first we are tempted to follow the lines in our following painting. In this method we can sometimes panic when colour doesn't fall quite where we either want or expect it to.
In a free painting that worry is lessened slightly as it is the colour that is directing us as to where to paint next. Whilst we rely more on our open imagination more excitement lies ahead of us in our decisions in the application of pigment combined with water. Which in turn lets magic happen on paper.
I will stress here that I admire and love all
forms of painting. I too will sketch at times depending on my chosen subject and mood. For this demonstration though I am mainly concentrating on working minus a sketch and the fun to be had from freeing the imagination without the restriction of lines and set ideas on how a subject should appear.
Here are a few examples. This is the demonstration on a rainbow wash background.It started with a whispery wash letting colour fuse together creating a soft glowing background.This is how I would paint portraits so it's a good idea to practise this with daisies first. It's a more simple subject.
A stronger wash of green was added for foliage letting happy accidents occur.
Just like in the rose demonstration I've allowed colour to "bleed" into areas of the flowers for excitement. It stops a look of uniformity occuring which can become boring in an overall scene.I was happy to let this blue run into the white of the daisy although I know some artists would panic and try to remove it.I encouraged this blue " bleed" by dampening an area with a clean wet brush to allow the fusion of colour to literally burst.
Here the warmth from the first rainbow wash looks like sunshine hitting the flower. I've placed a few pencil lines so you can see where the second wash has been used to form flowers in conjunction with the inital wash.
Again this works so well when painting portraits as I will demonstrate later.
There is a harmony because the first wash was created with shades used in the complete painting.
The first method gives a clean fresh look because more white paper is showing.The daisies have a slightly abstract feel to them yet the image is clear.They are unmistakable as daisies.
Here is a close up of letting clear water fall on drying colour to form watermarks that can be foliage,feathers or a whole range of texture in various paintings.
It really is worthwhile experimenting.Getting to know what watercolour really does to get the most out of the medium. Don't waste any paper. If you don't like a finished piece turn it over and practise techniques on the reverse side.
Make tiny studies on scraps of paper of what effects you can achieve just by dropping water on drying colour. You may be surprised as to what happens.
I would suggest painting a few areas of colour on a spare piece of paper. Let them dry til the "sheen" has almost gone then let a few droplets of water fall into the drying colour. Aim your brush in a variety of directions to get lines of droplets of different sizes as you use different pressure to flick your brush. Fast or slow flicks,curved or straight.
Use your imagination on how many ways you can aim your loaded wet brush and even share the results in the homework thread.You get a better result if you are standing for this exercise.Try dropping water from different heights too. I dance when I do this on very large paper and have a ball!
Just go for it and have fun!
You will soon discover new ideas for creating magnificent unsual backgrounds if you really spend a while experimenting with this technique!
This is a great way to relax as you aren't painting a masterpiece and you are having fun,using up old scraps of paper and learning at the same time to improve other paintings.
Great isn't it?
The word "control" comes into my mind here.Whilst some say that watercolour cannot be controlled and whilst I often say I don't want to control it there is a lot of fun to be had by learning how to use
the accidents we see rather than fighting to avoid them
I hope this helps.
Please place any replies in the homework thread and I will keep this open to purely add to the demonstrations.