BacktrackingPosted: February 8, 2014
Yesterday I ruined a few sheets of watercolour paper due to bad planning. I rushed into a painting of the rocky shoreline in Kamouraska at sunset with no direction, and the result was poor and hence never completed. Today I took out my painting compass and did a little prep work. First I did a pencil sketch to figure out the values.
Then I did a couple of sketches in limited colour palettes to figure out the colour dominance and give the painting more unity than my first try. The top sketch is a limited palette of Thalo Purple, Viridian Green and Cadmium Orange. In the bottom sketch I used Cobalt Blue, Indian Red and Yellow Ochre. I haven’t started the final painting yet but now I know where I am going. The value scheme reads better in the colour sketch on top but I prefer the colour mixes on the bottom sketch so the final painting might end up being a mix of the best parts of both of them. And instead of a warm yellow sky it will be the cool purple one. This planning doesn’t guarantee a home run but it sure gives me a better chance.