Saturday, August 7, 2010

Doors and Windows

Doors and Windows
Watercolor 9" x 12" Mats to 14" x 16"

Interesting doors and windows have always been a favorite subject of mine for paintings.  The watercolor above incorporates both in this simple arrangement.  From barn doors to European doors, one can always find something interesting to put on paper and give the viewer the desire to wonder what interesting things or people might be found inside. 

Watercolor tip:
This watercolor uses a resist to add texture to the stone wall, around the window and the door on the right.  I used oil pastels applied to the watercolor paper prior to painting. 

A resist is defined as a method of preventing paint from coming into contact with the paper, or other paint layers, by interposing a paint-resistant coating, such as wax.  This is often used to preserve highlights, or for specific textural effects. 

If you have not tried using a resist, give it a try.  You do not have to use oil pastels, plain old "Crayola" crayons will work as well!

Happy Painting

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