Thursday, March 1, 2007

Early Reader

This is from an early reader book I did. It wasn't the most exciting material in the world, but I kinda like the funky look of the street and houses. This was on Arches 140 lb, with Van Gogh watercolor tubes and my old two-dollar set of kids watercolors that I started out with about four years ago. I usually work by wetting the individual areas right before I paint them, working wet-in-wet. It's easier to blend and fix things that way, and gives me a little more time. You have to work pretty quickly with watercolor, but then wait for some drying time, which is kind of sadistic when you think about it.


  1. I love the "wet in wet" effect. not something I do often, but you've got me wanting to try it again.

    Great job!


  2. It probably adds some time to my painting, but one of the things I like about it is that I can establish the area of color with water first. Then when I lay in the paint, it will not cross the boundaries of the wet area. I can also do something like add red to cheeks, ears and nose without it blotching up.
    Probably one drawback is that it dilutes the paint even more, and I end up with more saturated hues than I'd prefer, which means having to let it dry and go back to do more glazing.

  3. ... make that, "DEsaturated hues."