Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sailboat Racing in the Northwest
I loved playing with fog and mountain ranges. The water reflections are easy to pull out if you do them when the paper is wet. Getting soft edges is a matter of timing in a watercolor. I put the sky in with a graded wash and then, while still wet, tilt my board up and run water down. I keep adding water to wash out the sky color and put in some bumps to soften the fast line created by the water. I then return to painting the mountain in the foreground and stretching the trees up into the cleared fog area. The fog then falls behind and gives the composition some depth. I let the painting dictate when it is ready for the next phase.