In this watercolour of a Hummingbird with Magnolia, I worked differently from my normal spontaneous, rapid painting.
I am using a slower process where each segment is painted separately so that it does not bleed into the adjacent segment. I am working on dry white paper, and gradually building up the tones/values to achieve a sense of contrast and drama.
This will be a two day demonstration….as I need paint to dry overnight before adding more layers.
This is where I finished off today.
I started by sketching out very lightly the composition using a watercolour pencil. This way when I paint, the pencil marking will bleed into the overall image. I then began to indicate the centre of the flower.
In this frame, I position the hummingbird.
Then I begin to model the petals….I add a small amount of pigment at the darkest point of the petal shadow, and then with a clean, wet brush pull out almost to the edge of the petal. I am using a mix of Violet and Raw Umber Violet for the shadow colour. While still wet, I then add the pink veins in the petals, using a tiny amount of Opera Rose.
At the same time, I begin to add some colour to the Hummingbird.
I begin to strengthen the shadow tone…..making sure to leave dry white paper for the highlights.
I continue to strengthen the shadow areas, by adding a tiny amount of burnt sienna to the mix. I also add burnt sienna, Raw Umber Violet and Gold Green to the negative space surrounding the petals.
Again, note that any white areas are dry white paper. I will now let this dry overnight and then complete the exercise tomorrow.
Although I prefer to paint in a more spontaneous manner, it’s sometimes good to slow down a little…..and it’s certainly helps to know different ways and techniques to approach a subject.
All of the techniques I demonstrate on my blog and more will be explored in Portugal this April. For more information go to http://www.artinthealgarve.com
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