Watercolor painting process of Wonders of the Sea

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31 Mar
2016

The Process of a Painting

I wanted to share with you the process of the painting. I have added some details below. I  wrote in a previous blog the beginning thoughts on why I painted this. If you missed it, you can read those here in this article Wonders of the Sea.

The Possibilites:

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On wet watercolor paper, I poured liquid watercolor: blue, green and pink and I sprinked salt  and rock salt on whie it was still wet.  I was playing with color and letting whatever came from it, set the stage for the painting. 

This method of painting challenges me to let go and engage in the process. 

 

 

Mapping It Out:

step2 mapping out the painting

After it dried, and the salt had finished it's work. I looked at it until I saw possibilities.

I put masking fluid on theparts I wanted to save from the first pouring, and poured another layer of liquid watercolors - blue, pink and green.

 

 

 

A little more mask...

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I painted a layer of yellows and orange, before adding more masking fluid to save more of the light colors.

 

One more pour..step4

I put masking fluid on theparts I wanted to save from the first pouring, and poured another layer of liquid watercolors - blue, pink and green.

 

Rubbing:

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Once it is dry, I can begin to remove the salt and masking fluid by rubbing with the rubber pick up.

 

Lifting:

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Sometimes it can just pull right off. I am never sure exactly how it will turn out until it is all removed.

 

More Possibilites:

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Now I can see all that I had "saved" in the lighter colors. Now to make sense of it all.

 

The tedious details:

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This is the stage of the "pushing and pulling" that I talk about in classes. A wet brush and an brush with paint. Often with small brushes so it takes time.

 

And still more:

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Still more to go to finish it up. Can you see the changes?

 

Ta Da!

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The final touches finally finished!!! I am plsead with the result. I hope it makes you smile. It is so cheerfully colorful. 

I look forward to sharing this painting at the Blue Curve Gallery in the Beauty of the Coast Art Show July 1 - August 14, 2016. 

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2 comments

  • julied Thanks Joan! I think it looks a lot better than it did. Friday, 01 April 2016 17:13 posted by julied
  • Joan I like the way the "green spaghetti" turned out! Friday, 01 April 2016 16:40 posted by Joan

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