November 7, 2013

Ballet in Watercolor….Tried

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Well, I tried it and (even though I had to fight every inclination to grab my watercolor pencils to help me)….I stayed with the brush for the entire painting!

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I also wanted to put a background in.  Probably best to put the background in first….oh well!  I used masking fluid and applied it pretty heavily over the entire body.

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Once the masking fluid dried, I could freely paint over the entire figure.  I used a dark green for the floor then a yellow for the background layer 1.  Then I sponged in the dark green over the yellow to give it some visual texture.

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Once the background was dry I could pull up the masking fluid which dries into a rubbery film.

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Since backgrounds make your piece appear different I had to go in and work some more details….mostly, darkened my shadows.

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Source picture from tumblr…but doesn’t reference photographer.

My goal in life is to bring color into an otherwise colorless world-  Unknown.

I debated with myself….between, making this piece more photo-realistic or letting the watercolor give it interest in it’s own way.  I am least pleased with the leggings…but I have trouble working the shapes in watercolor like I can in pencil…..so, after 3-4 tries I let it be and kept it simple.

6 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

Let it be. Yes. It is simply wonderful. And i mean it. You do incredible work. Have you popped over to see my fish color pencil header or my 'Seaweed' acrylic painting...? That blending with acrylic is a whole new ballgame. :) Hugs! deb

Eden said...

Hi Deb, I just got some acrylics too, it'll be interesting. Off to see your Seaweed :D

Heidi Orndorff said...

Wow, this is awesomely beautiful!

Eden said...

Hi Heidi!! And thank YOU :)

Karla B said...

This is divine!Greetings from Brazil!

Eden said...

Hi Karla! And thank YOU :)

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