Your main goal for the day is to, essentially, finish your watercolor that you drew out last week.
However, I want to remind you of some tips and best practices and frequent pitfalls. Please look at the bullet points below for all of those.
When you are finished for the day please do an extra strong cleanup job so I am not looking at a mess tomorrow when I know I will still be under the weather but on campus, and gingerly place your watercolor in your plastic tub.
Also, even though I am having you read this on the ipads, I don't want you listening to music today. The sub can put something on through the computer behind my desk, but I don't want you to have headphones in. I want you to converse and strategize with the peers that are doing the same landscape as you so that you can all have the best product possible.
- the biggest and lightest areas need to be done first
- this happens, usually, with a large brush and the wet-on-wet technique
- think in terms of layers
- this means that even though you may have grass covering some dirt, you prob need to paint the dirt first, let that dry, then come back over and paint the grass (this is how the lighthouse example by the board was done)
- never use black by itself, and use it sparingly
- even that lighthouse with the stripes on it isn't black; yes, it has black in it, but you need something else in there; black by itself is way too stark (this is a lesson for pretty much every painting medium)
- color mixing is important
- think about the color chart we did, how can you use that? brown is rarely the brown from the paint palette; you may need three or four colors together
- test everything out on scrap paper ahead of time; colors, values, etc.
- have plenty of paper towels on hand
- use the hair dryers
- watercolor is a lot of hurry up and wait; if you try to paint a building right after you do the sky it will probably bleed together; you can't fix this
- I will often do sky, first ground layer, and then make sure everything is dry before I start to do the rest of my objects and details
- did I mention that the idea of layers is important? it adds depth, character, and dimension; you need to try to think several steps ahead in order to have the strongest painting possible
If you are finished "early", work on your sketchbook. I am getting better, but I'm not well. Have a great day and I will see you soon!