Just started this double portrait of my daughter Clara and one of our dogs, Pavlov. ( I always seem to start stuff in batches. Maybe because it’s easier than finishing!)
There was this square Frederix watercolor canvas kicking around the studio and thought I’d finally give the thing a try.
The stuff doesn’t absorb like watercolor paper, and it’s hard to get a decent depth of value. You have to paint in lots of layers. I’m finding it to be a little frustrating, since I’ve been shifting lately from a many-layers approach to a much more direct technique which seems to give me fresher, better results.
So we’ll see how it turns out. I may have to break down and finish in acrylic or oil!
Now the fun part – starting to paint! I figure I’d better get those cherries down first before they start getting fuzzy.
I’m using mostly Winsor & Newton paints on Kilimanjaro paper. I often lay down a light wash before starting but didn’t this time.I’m using a little masking fluid on the highlights – let’s see if it turns out better or worse than without.
My husband walked in and said, “Whoa, looks like those cherries are just floating in midair!”
Last week on vacation I got started on cherries! They’re fun to paint because of the luscious color and the contrast between the plump fruit and the delicate stems.
I like to attack the darks with loads of pigment, just get down as much as I can and leave it. I did do a little layering with more concentrated paint on top (cadmium red for the red highlights, alizarin, prussian blue & Payne’s gray for the dark darks.) No masking fluid on these – the light highlights were saved or lifted while the paint was wet.