As you know, the events of 2020 made us rethink how we can gather safely. Lots of in-person events that Dynasty and FM Brush Company regularly attend were cancelled. Although we missed seeing you in person last year, we look forward to interacting with you safely at virtual events this year! First up is Creativation+, a combined online event with AFCI Creativation and NAMTA taking place next week March 15-19, 2021.
As we lead up to Creativation+, we have been giving some of our favorite blog posts an "encore." Originally posted in 2013, this painting tutorial with Dynasty Brand Specialist Annie Strack is hands down our most popular blog entry. Here, Annie shares her techniques while using our Faux Squirrel brushes.
After the sky is dry, I began to paint the water using the same colors as I used for the sky. To help give it the look of stormy weather, I apply the paint unevenly to give the water a choppy effect.
In some areas I added even more indigo, especially around the masking fluid so that I would have strong contrasts of values that would direct the focus of the composition through the painting.
While the water area is still damp, I paint the beach area with sepia and yellow ochre, and distant hill with hookers green, ochre, sepia, and indigo. I let the colors mix and mingle on the wet paper to create the grayed-down impression of a distant green hill, and let a little of the color run and blend into the water and sand area to soften the edges.
When the entire painting has dried I removed the masking fluid to reveal the white surf of the waves, and I use a little indigo to soften and break up a few of the spots that are too starkly white.
To learn more about watercolor painting, you can take a workshop with Annie or find her teaching online classes with Artists Network. Here is just a sample of Annie's teaching, from her most recent DVD, "Painting Seascapes in Watercolor".
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