The image below is a set up I created in my studio for a class demonstration. Computers are a helpful tool for cropping photographs providing visual variations for future formats and compositions.
Demonstration on Paper
The demonstration is on A’rches CP 140# paper using transparent and a few opaque watercolors. Pigment was applied to damp paper in a direct approach to create soft edges. When paper was dry darker values were added creating hard edges bringing the painting to a finished state. The image size is 15 x 22.
Watercolor on Canvas
This image is a 16 x 20 canvas using the same reference set up with the exception of an added object. The paper is 15 inches wide and the canvas is 16….just one inch in width made a difference in the composition. To maintain unity a red clock shape was chosen for the left side adding balance along with repeating the red flower pigment. The background is darker than the paper image which demanded a light value on the left side. The white face of the clock provided that quiet value. Below is the canvas painting….