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Beach Bum I was recently Invited by the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society to demo. This was special, being I grew up in Western New York by the lake (Silver Creek) and It was good to be back home. For the demonstration I chose a seascape. The group asked many questions so I had to save the finishing sky wash for later.
This is a break down of a painting I started for my
watercolor class from scratch. Normally I design my paintings digitally and pre draw the subject in advance
to save time when giving a demonstration.
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 he leaves from my back yard knowing they would be added some how some way. They seemed to complete the composition.