Personal Art Blog
Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Watercolor Study - Linking Light.
Watercolor Exercise - linkage.
12x9 watercolor an paper NFS
This is a friend's studio and this painting was done
to help her understand how to manage linking
the light path in her paintings.
This exercise is great for making either the
LIGHT or DARK
dominate in a painting using linkage.
1. Draw simple outlines with overlapping areas
2. Decide on light pattern - linking shapes where
possible even if only by a small area.
3. Start with local colors in middle values
4. Hit your darkest areas. Add ones that are not there
to help your design. ( I made the window dark)
5. Add any texture or patterns last.
Obviously the top of the table, easel and chair were
not white, but for this exercise I left them untouched
to add some punch to the design. I had moved the
furniture around to fill the space better. Pale washes
of color can be added for a more traditional finish.
The goal is to keep the light areas connected and
NOT to get SPOTTY.
Although unfinished, I hope you can see
this exercise can work well in all medias. It is fun to do!
Thanks for the emails asking if all was well with
my blog having no posts
for a few days. My hubby had been quite unwell, but
I am happy to say that he is getting better.
Life is good again.
Labels: daily painter. blog, julie ford oliver, paper. interior, study of linking the light areas, watercolor
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.