All Under The Bridge

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted.  We were in Winnipeg visiting family and also contacting some new artists for our instructional art DVD’s.  We were really pleased with the artists that we met and look forward to branching out beyond Alberta.

Anyway, this is another image that I’m working on for my watercolour class.  I was really attracted to the idea of the darks under the arches of the bridge leading into the rushing water.  This was the first colour study and I wasn’t too happy with the first attempt so I came at it again.  I liked it more after that but unfortunately I had gone a little too dark in some places that I wanted to be brighter.  So I added some gouache and even some white acrylic ink.  For the last few years I’ve been using a lot of opaque watercolours such as cadmiums.  I’m appreciating them more as I use them because when diluted they react much like transparent watercolour but when used at full strength they do give you some ability to apply light over dark.  You can see this in some of the yellow green highlights in the bushes on the bridge.  I also used it in the last video clip of a door way where I put bright cad red light blooms over the darker green foliage.

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