This summer I am teaching some Plein Air classes, painting in watercolours at lovely Sovereign House, where I have myannual summer art show. For three hours we paint, choosing one of the picturesque views of the house, woods, lake or garden.
With thundery overcast skies last week we set up on the covered front porch and painted the flowers against the picket fence.
Even great masking fluid is touchy. If smudged before it has completely dried it leaves an ugly stain on the page that won't come off at the later stages. I accidentally smudged a bit of still-wet masking fluid with my knuckle here, among the flowers. The only options are to go ahead and work with it, or to start all over with clean paper. I went ahead with a background wash of three greens for a blurred effect above and beyond the fence.
When that background was well and truly dry I peeled off the masking fluid, which brought us to the uphill in-between stage, when the background still seems to dominate and the foreground must be defined with multiple hues and values. Vision and stubbornness are called for here, the finished painting is not really so far off!