Another watercolor experiment:
In Lesson 11 I explored how John Sell Cotman built his pictures by adding washes. I showed this in stages. I never quite got the chance to proceed past the warm-up stage. All my experimentation was done on small panels. I learned how to make different marks in the lessons that highlighted the work of Alexander Cozens. I tried to put both techniques to use in the composition below.
This experiment is a full-size rendition of an imaginary bridge with a mountain in the background, flanked by trees.
I used the brushstrokes that I practiced in my warm up exercises to form believable trees. I used the technique of scraping paint from the paper while it was still wet, to form the trunks of the trees. I also built up washes to form the mountains, the bridge, the water and the shadows.
I am quite pleased that I was able to integrate techniques learned in different lessons, into one composition.