Today’s watercolor experiment:
Following my warmup exercise (Warmup and New Brushes), I painted a full size (9″x12″) painting in the style of Corot. One of the authors of the Tate Watercolor Manual*, Tony Smibert, inspired today’s experiment with his 2005 composition ‘After Corot’.
I used the same color scheme as in my warmup exercise: burnt sienna, Payne’s gray, yellow ocher; plus a bit of neutral tint.
I created a mass of trees using my fan brush and Japanese brushes, on the right side of the composition; I kept the left side blank except for a light wash of neutral tint, which I blotted with a paper towel. I used a knife edge to scrape in some ghostly tree trunks in the open space.
One can see the spatial balance by superimposing the Yin Yang symbol on today’s study.
Smibert named his 2005 composition ‘After Corot’. I should have called my study ‘After Smibert’; it sounds better than ‘After, After Corot’.
* Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend