Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Watercolor Painting of a Sicilian Friendship


Sicilian Friendship 12" x 16"
A watercolor painting from one of those rare memories actually captured by a camera while on a trip to Italy. This gentle horse is licking the soft little fingers of my husband’s niece!  


It’s been way too long since I have painted or posted!  Life demands interruptions from time to time, something I am very familiar with.  I’m happy to have finished this painting and I hope you enjoy it!
 













These are the two digital references on my computer.
















I wet a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper, wrapped it around and stapled it on the back of an inexpensive prepared canvas, then let it dry.

 














In Photoshop I pieced the reference photo files together, converted it to black and white, and made a print to see the values (lights & darks) more easily.
 
 














As a shortcut I traced the image onto my “watercolor canvas”.
 
















Layer upon layer, I began painting undertone color washes.
 

















From light to dark.










 Adding the details last, I used my computer to enlarge the digital photo to reference the faces, then finished by painting the sides of the “canvas” with corresponding color. I sprayed the whole painting with Krylon Workable Fixatif and several coats of Golden Matte Archival Varnish, all acid-free. I do this to enable me to frame the painting without glass.

1 comment:

Sharon Whitley said...

Stunning - thank you for the step by step, great seeing it come together