26 February 2008

stefanie stretching (6)

Watercolor on Arches R 300 gsm, 14" x 10".

when i first dug out these paintings i discarded this one because of small blemishes; in fact i was looking for an excuse not to do it. but i repented and finished it because the pose is one of the nicest in the series.

the rough paper makes it difficult to get clean edges. in all the paintings i roughed in the background to define the figure, then modeled the figure volume. to finish i glazed the background with a juicy tint of ultramarine blue. this is a "cutting layer" because it sharpens and cleans up the edge and pushes the figure forward.

2 comments:

Nick said...

That tree in the background really makes these comps nice. rough paper...don't see how you did it.

Sharon said...

Fabulous series, so glad you finished them.