This watercolour is all about the interconnectedness of life.
In the first frame, working on white watercolour paper and using a mix of burnt sienna, yellowochre, and sepia watercolour I indicate the strength of an olive tree trunk which I found in the courtyard at the school in Olhao, Portugal, where I gave a workshop in April.
Like so much in life, we tend to see a tree….and think only of the tree! Whereas everything surrounding the tree is connected to it.
In this frame I add the dark shadow at the bottom of the painting. This shadow mirrors the darkest shadows on the tree.
Note that using a mix of yellow ochre and burnt sienna, I have made the shadow lighter on either side of the tree….this is to separate the trunk from the dark shadow areas.
Observing the whole image, I now add…
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