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Friday, March 4, 2011

Bringing Back The Whites

Lifting color to Bring Back White...I first did a thumbnail of my idea and then layed in washes in burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and ultramarine blue and various mixtures of the three colors.  Beam recommends that you use a foam brush to lift color, but since I didn't have one, I used an inch flat watercolor brush and proceeded to lift out areas including my leaf shapes.  After it dried, I added paint to define and tweek the composition using the same colors I used for the initial washes.  Except for the final application, which gives you hard edges, this lifting technique gives you a gentle, soft effect.  This painting is 6" x 12" and is painted on Canson Tientes 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.


Rachel Murphree said...

Barb, this is fascinating. it really looks 3D...when I first saw it, it appeared like the contents of an actual shadowbox!

Barb Sailor said...

Interesting! I never thought of it like that but I can understand where you are coming from -Thanks for commenting!