Doorway

Rex Beanland, Doorway, watercolour, 9 X 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a painting that I use in my watercolour classes.  I hadn’t painted it for a while  so I was interested to see if I could add any new elements to it to keep it fresh.  I did 85 % of the painting in class last night.  I finished it off this morning.

A couple of things that came to mind during this process.

1) The first 85 % of the painting is about getting the big shapes, putting them into a pleasing composition and giving them the right value.  If this works then you know that your painting will work.

2) The last 15 % of the painting which includes adding details, unifying colours, adjusting values and adding accents and highlights can take as long as the first 85 %.  This part brings the painting to life.

Anyway, that’s how it happened with this painting.

When I look at it now I think it has a great sense of light and is very realistic while not being overly busy.  I can also see 2 things I would change next time. The first is to not have all the highlights in the green bushes at the bottom.  It looks like it’s being lit from below.  Secondly I think it still has too much pure white paper even though I reduced it to just to the right of the door.

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