Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting
My tip for today:
Step out of your comfort zone and paint what is right in front of you.
Try a style of painting you want to improve upon or have never tried before. Challenge yourself.
Today's a blustery rainy day here. I look out my window and I see maple leaves and small ornamental trees in the background.
Inside, right in front of me a still life waiting to be painted. A simple roll of tape and a few watercolor paint brushes. I personally do not set up a lot of still lifes. But there it is, right in front of me.
A painting style I would like to do more of is negative shape painting. I would normally give it a go with trees, leaves, flowers. Today, I am attempting a negative space painting with a still life of common objects from my studio and I will do it all with one color making it an exercise in value tones. I chose a blue with a wide range in values for the gloomy weather outside my window.
A quick shot of how my painting table looks right now at this very moment. By now the paint and water have dried back and the painting is ready for step 2.
What's on your table?
What style or technique can you challenge yourself with?