Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Macaws (Guacamayas)

This is the third painting I've done in the watercolor/oil style. Also part of the series of 5 for El Salvador. In this painting I experimented with adding a light coat of gesso to the board before painting with the watercolors. This allows the watercolors to look closer to their original color, rather than being darkened by the brown of the board. Most of the light areas are watercolor whereas without gesso all watercolor areas would be dark. The disadvantage is that the board became less permeable and some of the pigments had difficulty soaking in, making them harder to work with. The advantage is that less oil paint is necessary to achieve the desired vividness.

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