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Re: sketchbook 2019

Post by balzaccom » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:18 pm

Thanks Mark. Funny you should mention that, because the sky is wet when I paint it. But the stream was dry because I wanted to get that horizontal character to it. When you paint on wet paper, you lose some of that definition...

But on the ground, you are absolutely right. I was really just testing colors there, seeing what I would like. I should do that on a separate paper, then put it on the painting once I have it right...and I did want to leave that one tiny slice quite white, where the light hits the ground in the lower right corner...

Not sure why you can see these sometimes, and not others. Sounds like other people can see them? They are posted on Google photos in an album that is open to sharing....so should be visible.


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Re: sketchbook 2019

Post by markskor » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:35 pm

Balz, do not know why I cannot see your art anymore???
balzaccom wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:18 pm
When you paint on wet paper, you lose some of that definition...
Anyway, about your "lose definition" statement...
The trick is to pay close attention to the wetness of the paper (wet on wet) before you add the watercolor. As the paper drys, (you can see when the shine has left the wet paper...never add color before this stage has changed) when almost dry...wait a few more seconds, then add the colors. The dryer the wet paper, the more definition...but the barely-still-wet paper will allow the colors to mix some, especially if tilted. The hard part is knowing when to add color, how much of each, where, how wet the brush, which way to tilt, whether to use a thirsty brush to dab off... (and a bunch of other variables too, all of which makes watercolor impossible to master) - that critical stage...takes some practice and luck. :D

End of today's lesson...mark
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Re: sketchbook 2019

Post by balzaccom » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:31 am

Always learning!
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