Some of the thinking mechanics shown here.
A demonstration for my watercolor workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts
I started by sketching some trees from a field on to plexi- glass. I call this, "air tracing". Similar to layout or tracing paper, it allows me to design the painting's fondation. Once and for all I wanted to see which of my various reds is brightest. The strawberry shaped scrap paper became a dancing figure. I brought some leaves from my backyard hoping they would be added some how some way. They seemed to help complete the composition.
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Happy Dance 18 x 20
I was invited by the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society to do a demo. This was special, being that I grew up in Western New York by the lake (Silver Creek), and it was good to be back home. So for the demonstration I chose a dockscape. The group asked many questions so I had to save the finishing sky wash for later.
I worked on this class demonstration in watercolor and tempera 17 x 22. Six of my students also did various downtown Wheeling scenes in WV. I wish you could see their results.
My painting drips indicate the paper was at an angle. This was done purposely to let the direction flow down with the light source from the upper left. The sky was filled in first to attempt the thrill of the dramatic clouds before continuing the rest of the scene.