Today’s watercolor experiment:
The past few lessons in the Tate Watercolor Manual* through which I am working, have been about brushstrokes. I’ve experimented with different kinds of brushes and using them in different ways to make interesting marks. To concentrate on brushstrokes only, I used a single color in my recent experiments.
Today I wanted to see how the addition of color can enhance a monochrome design. I began by making marks with sepia pigment to create a treescape, as I did in my Treeblot-Scape post. I lightened the foreground blots with white gouache to indicate stems of bushes or small plants. I dabbed blue around the profiles of the trees and offset that color with burnt sienna underneath the sepia foreground.
The composition holds together and is much more interesting than if I left it a sepia monochrome picture.
* Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend