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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials, and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years. I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them. Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book. Wish me luck……
Book: Creative Watercolor Workshop by Mark E. Mehaffey
This is an AWESOME book. Although it’s focus is Watercolor, I concentrated on the content referring to composition and color in an abstract painting, and used Acrylics and miscellaneous papers.
Here’s the end result. It is just a hot mess…… In spite of that, I really enjoyed the process, and I love this style when it’s done well, so this just means I’ll have to do more like it to understand HOW to do it well.
I worked on this, in 10-20 minute fragments, over 6 days, and took a photo every time I paused….
My color palette, and some of the papers I might use
Laying down some color
Adding some marks
Setting the Focal Point – an image transfer of a ghostly raven
Laying on paint, then scraping back into it. At this point, I was still happy with the color.
Here’s where things start to go south…. I added Neon Yellow (not part of my original color selection), and some of the blues turned green, ugh…. I covered up the problematic areas with text from an old german book.
I then poured REALLY dark purple over the whole painting, and while it was still wet, removed it from the areas I wanted to draw the viewers eye to. But now the whole painting is waaaay darker than my original intention.
Yeah, it’s a big fat disaster, but since no cats were harmed in the making of this art, who cares………..