Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Watercolour loose style painting in three steps

Keep in mind folks that this is my personal opinion on how I go about this particular style of painting.  Others no doubt might make the point that my technique is not for them, that's okay by me, but I just wanted to explain what I did to make this painting of a Lamb....

No pencil sketch just

 Starting with One brush full of paint
in three steps

ref. photo from PaintMyPhoto-ClareSmith

Note:  For this I used Khadi paper, and a Kolinsky Sable Brush.  Sable brushes are the best for holding a lot of paint, which was ideal for this particular technique of painting.   

Prepare your paint before you begin, so it is ready to go as you need it. 

If you look at the painting of the Lamb you will see where these Three Steps to the painting are
(I haven't shown the step-by-step in photos, I think it's better if you study the painting, that way you will be observing more) :

1. Start with the Palest tone.  (the pale tones were pre-mixes of Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue)
With the Palest tone I started with an ear and worked my way down, leaving some gaps of paper here and there for highlights.  (You can leave this to completely dry), but for this painting I chose to continue to Step 2 whilst the paint here was still wet.......

2. Mid-tone.    (this is obviously going to be darker than Step 1)
Look for those Mid-tone areas now and drop this into the still wet paint of Step 1.  (This is why you need to pre-mix your paints).   Now leave it all to dry completely - very important.

3. Darkest tone.
With your Darkest tones paint the detailed areas.  This is the fun part of the whole painting as this step brings out all the detail and holds the painting together.

Now all you need do is add any extra bits and pieces to your art work, for me it was the grass.

So to recap:

One Brush

Pre-mixed paint

Steps 1, 2, 3.


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