Last months challenge in my watercolor group was a still life. How hard can it be? Smack a pear and some flowers on a table, drape a tablecloth behind and paint away.
Several artists posted photos of still life set ups and I truly loved the clean look of the photo. It was pretty much white and red with a clear little vase. With watercolor, the white is the paper. How Sweet it that? Sign me up!
So I did a little outline drawing of the vase and flowers on my watercolor paper. It's my usual routine. Just outline the shape and confirm placement, then paint.
Not so much.
I started mapping the whites, marking subtle color changes in the vase and then marking the highlights and reflections in the shadows.
Then I took my dip pen and frisket out and spent a great deal of time applying little blobs and lines to preserve the whites.
For a mostly "white" watercolor, there were tons of pencil marks. Painting didn't take too long but then I felt the need to remove the pencil marks. I used my trusty plastic eraser and was successful getting the annoying marks removed. Some of the color changed/lightened so I did a little more painting.
This is where I ended up.
I want to Thank Lori Andrews for sharing the photo that helped me to create White Shine