Day: July 18, 2016

voyage of discovery

“Watercolor is a voyage of discovery and, as corny as it may sound, the most satisfactory results are often achieved by taking what comes – not only in terms of painting technique,
but also in terms of your individual creative energy”

Tony Smibert from Chapter 11: Idea Starters, in Painting Landscapes from your Imagination.


Back in the studio after a wonderful weekend with our beautiful granddaughter, Tony Smibert’s exercise today was all about creating an original landscape from random blots.  The blots were first created using crumpled plastic wrap painted with a wash of paynes gray and indigo pressed gently onto the paper.

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Land forms magically appeared from the blots which were further developed with different coloured transparent washes.  Finally, “dry-brush” work created the effect of rapids flowing through the imagined valley and the rock faces darkened to provide distance and depth.

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Welcome to my Monday “voyage of discovery”

Worldwatercolormonth Day 18