Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wet in Wet washes, Taggart Lake Trees

 Note the value study. Middle values are very close the same as the background and the foreground.
The variation is this piece is the saturation strength of the trees in the foreground compared to the background. 
Be sure to place lightest lights and darkest dark in the fore ground. This will give the illusion of the foreground appearing close to us.

Pigments used in this painting. 

Steps to painting a wet in wet painting 

Wet both the front and the back of the painting this will keep the painting wet longer. 
Note how the trees have spread in the background. 
Trees in the middle ground have been added. Note the tallest tree did not spread as far as the background tree. The sky and the top of the painting are starting to dry. Be careful to match viscosity of the tree and the sky. How do you do that? The pigment in the tree is heavier with less water.  Carefully touch the the sky area with your brush see is it spreads slow or fast. If its fast there is to much water. 
More trees have been added. Grass has been left out by painting around the negative space.

Water has been added. At this point in the progression of the painting the bottom of the paper is nearly dry. This painting method become more like a mingled or variegated wash on dry paper.
Finished wet in wet painting

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