Tuesday, February 2, 2010

BAC Watercolours, Skies continued

It is a simple thing in watercolour painting to set some flowers in front of a shaded sky and clouds. A pot of slender daffodils or budding tulips from the grocery store (so tempting at this grey time of year) will provide the model.

Make a light drawing, with the stems and leaves breaking the lower boundary of the picture, then coat the flowers, stems and leaves with removable masking fluid. When the masking fluid is quite dry (shiny and firm) proceed with the steps for lifted clouds from Lesson 2: a wash of yellow, when dry followed with a wash of blue and the clouds immediately lifted with tissue. Tint and shade the clouds and let the whole thing dry. (Always, always let the painting dry before attempting to remove the masking fluid) Gently rub off the masking fluid to reveal crisp flower shapes standing against the sky. Much will depend on your choice of flower, but for these daffodils I unified the leaves, stems and flowers with an undercoat of lemon yellow before proceeding to more differentiated colours.

"And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils"
William Wordsworth, 1770-1850