This is one of the series of watercolours I am painting based on the shadow play and the olive tree in the courtyard at the school in Alhao, Portugal. http://www.artinthealgarve.com
I worked quickly with this painting…and because I had to allow some drying time during the process, I also worked on two other paintings at the same time. The is the way I choose to work and recommend others to do the same. This method alleviates over working an image.
Using yellow ochre I sketch out the basis of the composition and add some loose colour in the background to suggest shadow play,.
I then begin to add strong colour to the olive tree trunk….I am using a mix of Winsor & Newton Sepia, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, naples yellow and Daniel Smith Raw Umber Violet.
The blue in the painting is Winsor & Newton gouache Cobalt turquoise Light.
It is important to note that I always have the whole painting in my mind’s eye as I work. Remember everything is interconnected, and so the shadows are of equal importance as the actual olive tree. One can’t exist without the other.
I have added some of the same blue and some Winsor & Newton Gold Green into the background as well as the trunk of the tree. This creates harmony, rhythm and balance into a composition.
All the whites are dry, white paper….indicating in this case the white walls of the courtyard….a perfect place to observe shadows.