Saturday, December 18, 2010

New England Cove - Step-by-Step

I took some photos while I painted my latest weekly watercolor painting, New England Cove.  Here they are, starting with the rather poor photo I took many years ago that served as a reference for this painting.  You can click on any of the images for a larger version.

First, a simple pencil drawing, then the basic sky and water washes.  After this, some grass and roof color, followed by the dark background trees to frame the setting.  The dark tree wash looks odd in the photo because it was still wet when I photographed it, and the wet surface reflected the flash onto the image.  It was actually just a dark, fairly uniform wash.

Then I went to work on some of the shoreline and boat features, and then some of the details.

Finally, I darkened the foreground water, added rigging to the sailboat, and enhanced some of the color here and there, and signed the painting.

I hope you found this "demo" interesting.  Some day I'll figure out how to capture a video of one of my painting efforts; until then, these stills will have to suffice, unless you can make it to one of my live demos, which I announce on my website

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