Day three of contemplating Blitz. Here in NH overcast skies with intermittent showers provided me with the ideal studio day. I could hardly set my brush down today & so I haven’t shown all the individual steps here & instead I photographed my ending point for today. My process was to continue applying color washes working in one area at a time then jumping to another area as the last section dried. I worked the background a tad & then worked the foreground floating all around the paper slowly working out the values & trying to keep an overall balanced appearance. As an oil painter I still toil over how dark to make the darks & how to keep the white of the paper for the light areas. It’s a real task to wrap my brain around & it will take practise & lots of experimentation to acheive. I couldn’t resist getting some tighter brushwork in, although, there is still a lot of general blocking in of shapes too. Another thing about myself that I noticed is that I am prone to work on the detail before it’s time. Watercolor I am finding demands you build the values up more slowly one layer at a time…I’m learning! I hadn’t anticipated getting in any of the real dark features such as the nose & eye, but, again it is so hard to resist the features that really add instant impact. I’m excited to get back to my easel tomorrow for more discoveries. Blitz I do hope I can do you justice.
Thanks again for taking time out of your day to browse over my words & art.