Thursday, September 30, 2010
Portrait Study Underpainting
In the photo below, you can tell how wet the paper was by the blooms where water ran back into the paint. Also, there is a halo effect that will have to be corrected.
My palette is yellow ochre (warm), cad. red light (warm), transparent red oxide (warm), azo yellow (cool), quin. rose (cool), indian red (cool). Blues are cerulean, cobalt turquoise and indigo.
Crystal Cook stated in her blog post on September 29th, "I guess I would say that I am confident in my ability to control my medium, watercolor. It took me many years and many, many, many failed paintings to reach the point that I'm at now." I love Crystal's confident brush work and the so fine skin tones she achieves.
Controlling a medium such as watercolor is knowing the best ratio of water to paint and knowing what it will do when painted on wet or damp or dry paper. It is looking at the subject and deciding which areas will be painted with cool colors and which areas will be painted with warm colors. It is knowing what brush strokes can be achieved with the different brushes. It is seeing shapes, variation of size and tones within the different areas. But this is all the technical stuff, what about what the individual artist brings to the subject? What emotions do they see in the subject or what emotions does the subject bring to the artist?