Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Watercolor and Colored Pencil

"Reflection", 2007
Watercolor, tissue paper, Prismacolor pencil on watercolor paper, 9" x 11 3/4"

In a demonstration lesson in Janie Gildow's Colored Pencil Explorations, artist Allan Servoss arranged pieces of rice paper on an unwanted painting to create a new surface for water color and pencil. This is my interpretaion of that lesson.
The photo reference was a picture I took in the fall along a favorite hiking trail. The sun was setting and the overhead trees were reflected in the water beside the path. Using gesso, I adhered torn tissue paper to a piece of Strathmore 130 lb. watercolor paper. Using a limited palette I did a very loose water color painting then added detail and shape to the leaves and branches with Prismacolor pencils. The resulting work was looser and more abstract than my other pieces.

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