Let the Paint Take Over!
This scene is of the “Pelican Lake Yacht Club”. While teaching a workshop in Henning, Minnesota, my students chose this sketch from several for a demonstration. Drawing it out on watercolor paper, the key white space had nothing in it. Luckily, in my bag was a photograph of figures that worked magically for developing the center of Interest.
After protecting the whites with masking tape, I painted water over the piece and dropped in a loose unplanned under- painting. It added rhythm to the piece, reflections from the water onto the boats and visual texture. The bird flying added kind of an exclamation point to the scene. Sometimes you need to take something away, other times you can add to make a painting work. It was really fun to just let the paint take over.
Let’s Go Sailing and many magnificent watermedia paintings from all over the USA are on display at:
The Red River Watercolor Society National Juried Watermedia Exhibition
See them at the Heritage Hjemkomst Cultural Center, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN until August 7th. You may purchase this original directly from me and a 30% donation will go to RRWS. “Let’s Go Sailing” is also available as a giclee!
Also check out the Heritage Hjemkomst Gift Shop, they carry Ellen’s Givinity Press notecards of her paintings!