“It takes 100 per cent of your attention and focus, backed up with years of drawing experience, to train yourself to paint what you see.” Steve Childs
Mindo Ecuador –
Sometimes several washes of color are more effective for building texture and depth. The cecropria limb started with light washes of blues and greens, and the lightest areas were saved while darker pigments brought form and texture to the painting. The tree limb needs another session when I can work from life and apply the subtle details.
Toucans are quite social, so the study has a few support characters! The next image shows the small painting. With watercolor, one tries to save the whites, as in the spots of light on the eyes. One mistake many people make is to try to rush the painting, and they are rewarded with a dark color running into a lighter one. Placing the dark pigment (Paynes gray + burnt sienna + ultramarine blue) in the eye area would be a fatal mistake if the green pigment had not dried. Moving to the tree limbs – or even to a different painting is the best option. Taking a break or putting the painting in the sun or waiting until the next day are other options. Continue reading