Demo Tomorrow, Montrose Visual Arts Guild, Hillcrest Church, 12 PM

Feel free to come down to the MVAG meeting, Monday 3/22/15 as I demonstrate poured watercolor technique.  In preparing for the demo, I have begun 2 paintings showing different stages of the pour.  Here is the process up to where I will demo tomorrow:1 pour Drawing is sketched and ready for small early details before first mask.  The bottom drawing is much darker, so the details would show for photographing each step. 2pour Small details painted and foreground masked. Ready for first pour- lightest value 3pour First pour: cobalt blue, Windsor blue-green, raw sienna, burnt sienna, random left-over transparent yellow from last painting

4pour

Second mask. Lots of pinholes to cover where mask shrinks as it dries.  I think part of the reason this happens is that I coat my brush with soap to protect it.  As I apply mask, the soap creates soap bubbles.  I used a mask pen for all the fine detail around the evergreens.  (Note value map/pouring plan above painting.)

NOT PICTURED:

second pour- medium value: cobalt blue, Windsor blue-green, raw sienna, burnt sienna, random left-over transparent yellow from last painting, random left-over transparent blue from last painting, and alizarin crimson

final maskfinal pour

Final pour:  study the drip marks to see how the direction the artist tilts the board determines the color blending effects.  I wanted the burnt sienna in the middle ground to appear below the trees and the blues to blend from the forest ground into the trees.  The burnt sienna drips travel down and to the left.  The blue drips travel across and up.  Stay tuned for the final painting, after the mask is removed and the finishing details are added.

TOMORROW: 2 DEMOS

#1- final pour- dark: Windsor blue-green, burnt sienna, random left-over transparent blue from last painting, and alizarin crimson  (See final photo.)

#2-  masking demo on top painting.  I will discuss strategies to get a good quality mask layer and the pitfalls of masking.