After my amazing day with the Princess I had painting time. Oh, and for the record, every day with the Princess is amazing. Back to painting.
With apples in the house I decided to set up two of them with some bits of broken shells from my last time at the beach. I knew I would want to use them so I put them in my travel paint kit. Great light, pleasing subjects, and time. This time I planned to use the whole paper and paint just a little larger than I have lately. And I penciled in my shapes and shadows. Would you believe I need to replace the half pans of color in this travel set? When am I going to get myself together and use the large palette? Sometimes I think I'm lazy, but is it that or is it I'm just so impulsive that way? Either it's readily available or painting doesn't happen. What a whack job.
I worked over the twenty minute mark this time around, but tried to keep the colors, lights, and darks, true. Didn't want to over work this one, again. Oh and just so you know, I decided to move on from the last piece. I was over it. New day, new work. Done.
Wet paint needed some drying time so I left it alone to do some other things and look at it as I passed by. I knew I needed to clear up some areas and when I could, I did.
|Apples with Shell Bits (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis|
Watercolor on Arches paper
This is it. I am finished with it. I have a question for you more experienced watercolorists out there though. Does watercolor paper need to be sized before using? As in wetting the paper thoroughly and leaving it to dry for use later? I've been using a block of Arches 140lb cold press paper and have not been going over it with water first. When I want to paint a fine line of color it seems to resist. It's not beading up, just not flowing over the paper smoothly, sort of like skipping. Large blotches of color gets absorbed easy and it seems I don't have much control. Is it me? Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.
I'm finished with this one too. I signed it and I'm done. Let's see where I go next session.