I added small rocks in the foreground and continued “forming” the water. To keep the attention in the center of interest, I didn’t add much detail to the foreground.
Going with the flow. Paying close attention to how the water is moving. The brush strokes and the white spaces indicate the movement of the water.
These rocks on the right are painted darker in value to balance the darks on the left in the background. I also did a bit of scratching to show some water flowing over the rocks.
The flow of the water is coming from the right, with some splashing over the rocks on the left. I painted the rocks and then “just at the right time” added water to make the colors flow downward.
Because I plan on adding detail in most of the water, I painted a pure blue and red where the center of interest will be.
Adding more contrast in the foreground and adjustments to the movement in the water to the center of interest completes the painting.
.The bad news! We are back in isolation once again. I had to suspend my in-person watercolor class here in Kaneville.
The good news! More time to paint!
I haven’t done a “full sheet” painting for many years. The standard size watercolor paper is 22’ x 30’. Let the fun begin!
The subject is my favorite -rocks and water..
Step #1 is the background. I plan on treating the water with a lot of detail, so the background needs to be less detailed.
I wet the area with a solution of glycerin and water. Painting it while wet, and blotting and spraying it made the pigments run and create shapes that suggest rocks.