Thursday, April 29, 2010

Storm at Sunset (Tom Jones again)

Charlie Myers, my water media teacher, played another Tom Jones video today. It was a long video, we watched it once, and then I attempted to remember what he had said (and remember the picture he'd painted!) (There's not book that goes with it.) My memory isn't that good--I can only remember a string of two-three things, so basically, I was flying blind, since there were literally hundreds of steps to remember.

This is done with watercolors on Arches 140 lb paper and I will glue it on a page. I wanted to give Andrea "real" watercolor, because that's what I like to do, but I cannot do on that greasy yellow paper (very difficult to do clean washes, granualization, etc). I don't think it is very much like the Tom Jones version. Click image to view larger.

Here's the video we watched:

It is very long, but I found a short excerpt from it here, if you are interested.


henniemavis said...

Very pretty color in this. I like the white areas on the trees. Did you use masking fluid? I recently found a bottle of that kicking around here. Tried using it when I did my salamander spots... but I think it must take practice to use it in layered work? How do you find working with it?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Yeah, I did. I used to think it was hard, but lately, it doesn't seem hard. Dunno why.

I have a tendency to not make my sketches very detailed, but to use the masking fluid, I have to. I need to know EXACTLY where to put it. Once that's decided, the rest is relatively easy--just make the painting and rub it off, and then in some cases, paint over it again. Not that I'm any expert, but it is getting easier.

I'm really a beginner, but I like the result.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

That is, I like the way the leaves look, especially against the dark. I do need more practice at it.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I put the masking fluid on the leaves, the water and some of the rocks, but I was using paper I'd splashed some color on before the sketch, so you can't see the rock's as well. (That's what I get for trying to do "my own thing" even when also trying to follow difficult lengthy directions.