Tuesday, February 3, 2015
A Day of Watercolor
I decided to work in watercolor. I don't do much of it and these three days would be a good opportunity to get in some practice time. I chose to paint a squirrel and did a careful drawing before I transferred it to the watercolor paper, but the point was really to pay attention to the watercolor technique itself.
The biggest problem I had was the color in the background. Getting an even tone is something I find nearly impossible, especially when I am working around the subject and, therefore, are working rather slowly. I know I could mask the squirrel and leaves, but I don't know how I would mask the fuzzy tail, so I just decided to go ahead working around things.
The one conclusion I came to is that it would have been a lot easier if I had prepared a large pool of paint of the right consistency. Without doing so, I was taking more time than I needed to in loading the brush - giving the painted edge I had just done more time to dry, which leaves an undesirable sharp edge. And also the saturation of the color was different from one load to the next.