"Elie-Fannies", in progress
watercolor (11" x 30")
After sketching out "Elie-Fannies" (see step 1), I confirm that I like the composition. At this point I am feeling there is a bit more space on the left that I am comforatble with. However, because that can easily be cropped out at the end of the painting, I will proceed at the intended size of 11" x 30".
I determine where in the painting my whites are going to be, and where my darkest darks are going to be placed. If a painting is going to have several layers to it and built up a bit, I will use a masking fluid to protect the essential whites. Masking fluid is a liquid medium, similiar to a rubber cement that is placed on the paper where you don't want paint. For this painting, I wanted to protect the whites of sunlight hitting the elephant ears. And touch on the tops of their bodies, and a bit on their tails. I am careful to keep this organic and loose.
The first wash of watercolors was is very wet, light and loose, just to get the "lay of the land". I really play at this stage...letting the back washes occur, splashing with alternate colors, and actually sprinkle the foreground with salt to give some added texture.
Stayed tuned....for more of "Elie-Fannies" (aka elephant butts!)