|Sketch book studies for demonstration, Julie Douglas|
In a class situation, going staight to paint means students spend the whole session painting, giving them not only a better chance of completing their artwork, but a fuller opportunity to try different techniques - more playing and experimenting.
This week I wanted my students to paint with a colour restriction. Limiting the range of colours is a great way to discover new tones and mixes, and it is also a good way to ensure the image holds together well.
I was seduced by some lovely peonies, which were a perfect subject for colour restricting.
|This shows how pale the first layer is. Red pigment not only stains the water, but also the page so a light start makes it easier to change your mind.|
|This painting shows a build up of the second layer of tones, on top of a dried base-shape.|
The two images below show the beginning and end of one flower. This one I didn't use such a pale mix to start, as the final colours were so strong.