Another tutorial and reminder of the importance of observational skills. I
This exercise is all about observing the whole picture, – the subject and the area surrounding it, which is referred to as the negative space.
I sometimes see people struggling with one area of a painting that they keep going back to time and time again….adding and removing paint, when quite often all that is needed is a shadow or some colour thrown into the negative space.
Using yellow ochre, I have sketched out the rough form of a Calla Lily
It’s much like life when we are trying to solve an ongoing problem. We tend to keep going back with the same solution, which doesn’t work!
It’s not until we look in another direction, in this case into the negative space surrounding the Cala Lily, that the answer is revealed.
As we approach paintings and life from a different point of view….new solutions and answers are revealed.
For this image I used a mix of colours that happened to be on my palette….and then scraped out some colour with a knife, which gives energy and breaks up the background space.
Note that all the white you see is dry white paper.
I used the same dark tone/value in the back ground colour as I did for the dark shadows on the lily, and just a touch of Winsor & Newton Green Gold and cadmium orange to pull the image together.
I never use black when watercolour painting….it deadens the picture. Instead, I mix Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue….or other combinations of browns and blues….which produce a beautiful rich dark.
A Colourful Magical Hummingbirds for the day.