|Sky Wash 2|
Watercolour on Paper
26.5cm x 19cm (10.5" x 7.5")
This is an exercise from John Lovett’s Splashing Paint DVD.
I painted this as a warm up at the beginning of a painting session with the intention of loosening up and learning a bit more about painting with watercolour (see Sky Wash 1).
The sky is painted with two graded washes. First, a pink wash is painted from the bottom of the paper and faded out towards the middle. After this is dry, a blue wash is painted down from the top.
The foreground is added after the sky is dry. It is really just a token gesture to put the sky in context.
The sky is quite pleasant but I haven’t made a great job of the washes – particularly the blue. Graded washes should be subtle - there should be a gradual lessening in intensity until the colour eventually fades away. My blue has quite an abrupt transition from a dark to light.
I am going to look for some advice and then try a few more experiments based on perfecting a graded wash.