Sunday, June 16, 2013

Heads Held High - Part 2

In order to paint the sand without worrying about getting the paint on any part of my foreground, I used masking fluid to keep certain parts of my painting separate from the sand.

The following are steps to using masking fluid:

1. Identify the area to be masked.

2. When using liquid masking fluid, be certain to use a brush that will not be used for any other purpose.

3. Dip the bristles of the brush into liquid hand soap to keep the masking fluid from getting into the bristles of the brush.

4. Brush on the masking fluid being careful to apply the fluid neatly.

5. Allow the masking fluid to dry completely before applying the watercolor paint.

6. Wash the brush as soon as masking is finished. Do not allow masking to dry on the brush or the brush will be ruined.

7. After painting, wait until the paint is completely dry before removing the masking.

8. Use an erase to gently remove the masking.

Next blog, I'll paint the sand. Until then.....

Happy Painting!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Heads Held High!

Photos of women carrying pots on their heads have always fascinated me. I am sorry to say I am one of the most clumsy people I know. So, I can't imagine how anyone could carry a large pot filled with water on their head for long distances with spilling it along the way. A cloth is placed under the pot to stabilize it and to cushion the weight of the pot and the water. These pots are large and heavy when empty. Imagine the weight when filled with water. Water weights over 8 lbs per gallon. Amazement and admiration is what I feel when looking at the photo I am painting.

Using the small photo in the middle section of the photo above, I sketched the three women with their pots. The background sand will not be detailed to emphasize the women with their colorful clothing and the huge pots.

Next blog, I will discuss the us of masking when laying in the background. Until my next blog,

Happy Painting!