This was a fun landscape because local color was disregarded and some adjustment of the photograph. It was a struggle keeping a figure from this composition. The painting was drawn with a brush loaded with yellow ocher which keeps the shapes suggestive. Halloween orange, Andrews turquoise, and Carmine where the colors of choice. A light value wash was first applied preserving some white paper. The wash was dried before the next mid values where established….negative and positive strokes. Before the final dark’s the paper is totally dry. Dark values at strategic points and calligraphy are the finishing touches to a delightful day.
Had a fun day…no pressure…..going through photographs chosing figures that appealed to me or provided a challenge started the ball rolling. These are painted on Kilamengro paper, 11×15, a quarter sheet of watercolor paper. The subject and figures were drawn with a brush…this gives me freedom to think related shapes and eliminate detail. Hard and soft edges keeps the eye moving from one value to another. Simplification of the story was major because the figures are the most important. I didn’t realize how many selections there were to chose from until I started looking through all my stacks of photos. Hope you enjoy stepping into the scenes as though you were there…..there is enough mystery for you to imagine your own story……keep painting..JoBeth