Thursday, July 11, 2013

Veil Painting

Last week at Rudolf Steiner College I learned a new way to paint with watercolor paint. I wish I could have gotten more pictures of the process but it was pretty intense work.

We started by wetting and stretching the paper out on the board and taping it down. Then we divided into two halves. The top was to be a sunset veil, the bottom a triangle exercise. We worked on both simultaneously. The sunset was built up with layer after layer of light water color letting each pass dry before adding the next. The idea was to build transitions from the light in the center to the darkest at the top and bottom. Imagine a light source from behind the clouds somewhere on the page.
As it dried we painted little green triangles on the lower side.
I was not sure why, but that's what we did. If you tried to build up layers to soon it would turn into a wet blob, losing the veil effect.
Then as the triangles began to slowly layer the teacher asked us to use the negative space to find the crystals within. Then with the sunset we continued to darken the veil and adding some shadow to the clouds and maybe some land below.

What an incredible experience as it unfolded. I have to say I am pleased with the result.

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