Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Painting With Watercolors-2

After completing a sketch, normally, the next step in a watercolor painting is to execute what is called a "wash" of color. One's choice of colors, and how those colors combine with one another, has a significant bearing on the the finally look of the painting.

For instance, in a landscape composition, one would normally create a "finished" look for the sky by combining washes, sometimes waiting for one color to dry and then adding another color over the first, sometimes by allowing two wet colors to combine, and sometimes by combining these two approaches. Clouds tend to look their best when paint is "lifted" from the painting. For example, a most striking cloud can be created by laying a wash of light yellow at the top portion of the sketch and allowing it to dry. After that, a set of blues might then be layered over the yellow. Before before these colors dry, a rag or tissue can be used to dab or "lift" some of the blues off the painting, thus leaving the underlying yellow, with an effect something like this.

What does this have to do with living? If your life has been anything like mine, it is not your experiences in and of themselves that have made you the person you are: it the combination of those experience that make you the you have become. Likewise, a life lived in depth reveals many colors, some of which, athough initially hidden, become interesting, even striking, only when the surface color is lifted.

In this way true art begins from the inside out.