Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Laying it in and laying it on

I'm jumping in and establishing some foundation. One of the best things about watercolors is its depth of color. It allows you to paint with several colors at a time, and they blend but also remain discreet. I think of this stage as setting up springboards for other colors to leap off of.
This creates that great property you see when viewing a watercolor original. The way flecks of purples and blues and oranges sit right next to each other without forming mud. I always like changing my viewing angles or tilting of the painting to really get a good look at this constellation of colors. Bill Sienkiewicz is a master at achieving this feat of magic.

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