Monday, April 22, 2013
The right side of the paper is a bit smoother than the wrong side which I would have liked to use, but I used the wrong side because I didn't want the huge water mark that Arches paper has to show in the painting. That has ruined many of my paintings. I still have a lot of Arches paper which I will use until it is gone, but it is no longer my favorite.
Before starting this painting, I saturated the paper so that I could get some interesting soft edges but had forgotten how much the paint moves on this heavy paper when it's really wet. I intended to paint this using only transparent watercolors and didn't want to have the really hard edges that are created from using resist, but had forgotten how much the paint moves on this heavy paper and I lost a lot of my whites. I used white gouache for the edges of the waves and some of the foam area.
I'm excited to try more of these wave paintings using watercolors. I think this has a more luminous feeling that the ones I've painted in oils.
Image Size 11" x 30