Composition

Today’s watercolor experiment:

I am working with the Tate Watercolour Manual today, as I have been for the past several weeks. I expanded my work from the smaller panels in my warmup exercise (see Lesson 12) to reproduce one of the exercises in the book onto larger paper (9″x12″).

The composition today was inspired by an oil painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Bent Tree.

Watercolor: Sepia Toned Composition ala Jean-Baptiste Corot

Composition After Jean-Baptiste Corot, The Bent Tree
9″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

This composition has the same spatial arrangement as the Yin-Yang symbol from Taoism, as I mentioned in my other post today (Lesson 12). One can superimpose an ‘S’ shape to encompass the darker masses, leaving the intervening white space for balance. I let space show through the trees on the right side in order to balance the thinner, denser trees on the left side. The ‘bent tree’ in this composition is a bridge between the two dark masses.

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