This is the second demonstration for my new plein air DVD. You saw the scene done in oil in my last post, and from that experience, I decided on the value pattern for this watercolour. Unfortunately, much more pre-planning has to go into a watercolour if one doesn't want it to turn to mud. It was fun doing it in oil first, making all the changes that I wanted to on the fly. Then I made a value study from the oil painting to use the next day.
This is the scene as it appeared in the early morning. I definitely had to use a different colour palette than I used the previous day in the oil painting (the oil had a cool dominance, the watercolour has a warm dominance). The lighting was also much less dramatic in the morning as it was front lit. To get some excitement into the painting, what I could no longer do with value, I had fun doing with colour.
This was the camera set-up for the watercolour demo. I used my old full french easel lying flat with the drawer extended as a shelf for my palette. I also put a plexiglass book-holder under the watercolour block so that I had a bit of an angle to work with. There were 3 cameras used throughout the demo so that the viewer could see what was happening in the palette as well as on the paper. The stool was so that Susan could see looking down on my work (she is a shorty like me!)
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