Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Marsh Light", plein air watercolour painting in new DVD by Sharon Lynn Williams

 "Marsh Light" plein air watercolour, 12 x 16"

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!)

 Rex and Susan enjoying a final toast at the end of the second day of location filming. We still had to do another session in the studio to introduce the topic with discussion of my materials and plein air philosophy to go at the beginning of the DVD. Then another concluding session to discuss the changes made to the paintings after I had a chance to live with them for a while. I think it will be an excellent instructional video and I can't wait to see the first edits.


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Sharon, congratulations on the DVD. This is quite an undertaking! The Marsh Light watercolor is breathtaking; the palette selection and handling of the watercolor is so very nice. So glad to have found your blog. You have a new follower!

Caroline said...

I must say Sharon your watercolour here is really fantastic work, I would say you are a master of the watercolour medium. It is very interesting to see this post and to see the marsh you are painting.

Sharon Lynn Williams said...

Thank you so much Eileen and Caroline for your kind support. I may just need to do some more plein air watercolour with that kind of encouragement!!

Virginia Floyd said...

Really lovely. It's interesting to see your different interpretations with two different mediums.