Blotscape Followup

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.

Watercolor: Building Blots into a Treescape - Multicolored

Multicolor Treescape
9″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

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


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