Thursday, January 14, 2010

BAC Watercolours, Lesson 1

Off to a good start, we did the unbroken wash and broken wash, then used those principles to go on to a proper painting.

The steps for painting any wash are:
1. Make a puddle in your palette,
2. Pre-wet the wash area,
3. Apply colour, the paint will only flow in the pre-wetted area.

For the sunrise painting above the steps were:
1. Make a sun/moon using masking fluid, and let it dry.
2. Make a puddle of a neutral colour, Payne' Gray or Neutral Tint
3. In sweeping side to side strokes with a broad brush, prewet the entire painting.
4. Apply your neutral colour, working from the top and blending out to a pale colour at the perceived horizon (below the sun/moon), then paint up from the bottom and blend to pale at the horizon, as shown.
5. Let the greys dry a bit, then apply the waves in layers
6. Add the loons and their reflections
7. Let it all dry
8. Wash with lemon yellow and cadmium yellow (puddle-in-palette, pre-wet, wash)
9. When it has all dried, gently rub off the masking fluid
10. Add the branches, over the sun/moon if you wish.

See you all next week! We'll do the paper preparation first, then go on to some new washes, then use the prepared paper to start a new painting.

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another
with no loss of enthusiasm"

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Frances, have enjoyed lessson 1 and am looking forward to more next week. Love the Winston Churchill quote! Bfn. Lesley