Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Another on Clayboard
I am beginning a new watercolor painted on Ampersand Aquabord, 22X30. I am challenged by the size and stiffness of the board and the weight of the wood cradle (probably about 10-15 pounds). My process in watercolor painting involves many isolated areas of wet-into-wet painting. I wet the area, mingle in paint, lift and tilt (the challenge) to allow the water to mix the paint. One area must be dry before starting another to prevent blossoms and backruns and to maintain the integrity of the whites. I have started only the first layer of lightest yellows, choosing a cool yellow (Hansa) and warm yellow (New Gamboge). I will then repeat this step throughout the painting for midtone yellows. Though somewhat labor-intensive, I do love the process and the surface.