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Image size: 11" z 14" Original watercolor
Another North Shore painting. I used to paint traditional landscapes back in 1998, and here I am, full circle returning to them. It's fun for me to see how far I've come, especially in thinking about composition and design. Back then, I wouldn't even consider doing a value sketch beforehand, and now, it's like going on a trip without a road map. Take my word for it: If you want to bring your paintings up to the next level, do a value sketch!
Lesson for the day: Another fun technique to help finish off the vignette feeling of this painting, is to lightly sprinkle the bottom rock area with a water bottle, then spatter small spots at the bottom of the rocks. Then very quickly, place wax paper over the dots, and this will spread them a little bit and make them more organic. Leave the wax paper on for at least 20 minutes. You will see light cracks formed by the wax paper. It's the same process as the plastic wrap that I showed yesterday on my blog, but this is more subtle and great for the transition into the white paper at the bottom of the rocks. See below: