Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Latest Buoy Tangle - Watercolor

I am currently working on another "Buoy Tangle" or "Buoy Knot" series.  A great deal of care goes into the design of the drawing.  After drawing the scene, the first thing I do is to begin to establish the masses and shapes according to their color and value.  Here is an image of the under painting:

"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
In this particular instance, the "negative" shape or background around the objects begins with a light wash with a gray or purple cast.  As opposed to bare white paper, this seems to help me see the colors reflecting from objects in the scene.  I start with the blue, followed by red, and finally yellow.



"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
The buoy on the right has a purple shape mixed from red and blue.  At this point, the other shapes have a single color and the relative values and color relationships seem to suggest a scene on a foggy morning with diffuse sunlight.  From here on, it will be important to maintain the painting in successive "finished" states by painting over the whole scene over and over again until colors are as strong as possible.

The following day, I worked a little more on the painting, again painting over everything except the background.

"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
The first two images on this page are of a painting illuminated by an LED lamp.  The above image was taken with available light on a cloudy day inside.  Under this light, the background looks lighter and more blue than purple.  In spite of this "white shift", you can still see that the colors are stronger.

After a couple more sessions, here is another image under LED lighting:


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
More detail and stronger colors are displayed in this image.  Maintaining color relationships is even more important now.  Here is the latest image after adding more blue.


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress

For the next session, I will catch up on the yellow, red, and green.  After another session, more yellow and red have been added.



"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress

The value and color relationships don't appear to have changed much while the overall strength of the colors is increasing during every session.  For the negative space occupied by the water, blue wash is used to add water waves.

"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
After a light wash of red over the whole negative space around the buoys, more dark lines and detail are added.



"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
Today, I added more detail in several areas and washed a little more into the negative space.


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
After working on some other paintings for a while, I have returned to this Buoy Tangle to balance colors a little more.  Here is an image after today's work:


"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
"Buoy Tangle" - Watercolor In Progress
As you can see, the paper is now off the block and a little curled.  It will flatten out again in the mat and frame.






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