Friday, February 13, 2009
Life Unfolding, In Progress 3
I have the first layer completed for the pedals and leaves. Usually, I would paint another layer of midtone glazes. However, working on the claybord, I have been able to achieve greater variety in values and intensity in just one step. I am happy with how the shapes and form are developing. So next, I will paint the darker midvalues and darker darks together. Many watercolor artists will apply many (maybe even 50 or more) glazes (layers) to achieve subtle changes in value and to achieve value contrast. My goal is to achieve the right value and intensity with as few layers and brushstrokes (economy of brushwork) as possible to avoid making "mud" and "overworking" the painting; especially if I am using heavier, more opaque pigments (such as the yellows). I prefer the purity of colors with minimal glazing, usually only 3 to 5 layers for the darkest areas.