|Rock of Ages at Jemez Pueblo, 8 x 10 watercolor, 140 lb. d'Arches cold press|
I painted a small card in December and then last month another. You can see it at lower right.
The stew is brewing, but takes more ingredients.
Value and composition sketches. Color experiments.
The maxim in watercolor is plan long, paint fast, and I usually don't take enough time planning, and paint too fast.
This time it was slow going both in planning, and in painting. I usually paint the sky first, but learned from this that I need to reverse the order because of the dark sky. But magic did happen in a few happy accidents here, and I gained some freedom and license in composition to move beyond the photographs.
I'm happy, but not satisfied with this, as it has been commissioned by a colleague, and will try again, reducing the foreground--which is usually my nemesis, and increasing and improving the sky.
So the story will continue.