Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tony van Hasselt: Creative Realism in Watercolor

http://www.cheapjoes.com/ - A clip from Tony's DVD, Creative Realism in Watercolor

The important thing that you've got to remember is that when you're doing the under painting don't cover it up, leave it showing through.
And you can actually put some positive branches on there as well. You can do it on the inside as well. For instance this tells me that there could be a branch doing something like that.
For here I need a little bit more of a push back, I call it a push back and what I'm doing I'm putting a little bit of sky-like color right in there, picking up that color so it gives the feeling that it's pushing back and creating that foreground tree. Then you can very easily put some very dark's as we did earlier and come in and do some outlining and texturing and all that kind of stuff that you can do with a dry brush. Watch out and not over do that. Only do it kind of basically with the major tree and I think this is the major tree. If that is too light, tone it down a bit. It doesn't take much. It's so easy to destroy a light and it's so hard to get a light re-established in watercolor.
But this give you an idea of negative painting and the fun you can have. But I really recommend you do some of the pattern sketches.
Let's look at this in a mat. You see, you can have fun. It holds together well. There's a lot of liveliness and we are unified in color. We learned how to do a pattern sketch, in chapter 2 we learned how to do an under painting, in chapter 3 put them all together and in this one we listened to the paper a little more and learned how to paint negatively. Next we'll have some final thoughts.