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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Using Opaques with Watercolor

"Floodlight"
Watercolor, 22 x 15 inches


A few posts ago, I mentioned that I have been fooling around with opaques. Namely, I have been using gouache in addition to using the transparent pigments in the same painting. The opaques have been used separate from the transparents to provide a subtle contrast. For example, the tree in the foreground uses gouache in foliage. While this helps the foliage stand off the underlying colors and values, it also has the effect of making the tree advance in the space . . . .or seem as though it is standing freely in space.

In addition, the opaques are used in parts of the sky to lend the atmospheric effects and the effects of diffuse light. Obviously, there is much much more to learn with these pigments and the ideas are literally keeping me awake at night! That is the exciting part of being an artist! The newness never seems to wear off . . . . .there is excitement at every turn for me. Many of my blog readers know me and can vouch for my enthusiasm over painting. It seems just as boredom begins to lurk, some new idea comes up and springs me into action . . . .and then the energy kicks in and I am off and running to paint a bunch of new pieces.

The last several paintings on this blog have employed the use of opaques in a variety of places. Maybe you can see where. Or better yet, why not come by the studio this weekend to see, in person, the paintings. As you already know, it is open studio weekend join us!!!

5 comments:

Markun taideblogi said...

A very successful painting. Continuation of the artistic
Markku

RHCarpenter said...

Another beauty with glowing color. Your use of the transparents and opaques is working out well. Would LOVE to come to your show but it's a bit of a fur piece for me...

D.D said...

The outcome is wonderful especially the lights, shadows captured very nicely.

David Lobenberg said...

These new paintings look great, Mike! I will often break out my multi-color set of conte sticks and use that medium for opaque and atmospheric effects.

loisjayne said...

I really like this painting, the rich clean color just glow. Always a joy to visit your blog. Thanks! I'm glad I found it.