Blue line still life with very cool wooden Indian elephant.
In my Watercolor Pure Basics class today at Fallbrook School of the Arts I demonstrated a blue line still life concept. I started out with a pencil drawing of the objects I had set up for the class in the afternoon light. A blue line was painted next over the pencil lines with cobalt blue watercolor. This sets up uniformity with the connective shapes. A background wash of yellow was painted next. While the yellow background shape was wet I started painting the plants, elephant, and planter, allowing the colors to flow out and blending with the background color.
Next .....glazes were added to positive and negative shapes to heighten color and value contrast. Colors were dropped in to shapes for clarity.
the star was painted next along with a few other shapes....Leave the white of the paper for your lightest values! The demo is not finished yet......more glazes to come!
and lastly....one of my students is Russian...here are her notes....how cool is that?