I’ve really felt that I’ve been on a watercolour streak for the last couple of weeks.
My paintings are far from flawless.
But considering the short time I’ve spent working with the medium, I have felt that the outcomes have been quite nice.
This painting became a minor setback, though.
As you can see, it’s just too dark.
One of the hardest lessons I seem to struggle with in watercolour painting…
It’s too dark because I forgot to leave light areas from the first wash when I did the second one.
Not because I didn’t want it, but because I simply forgot.
Also, the houses and the forest on the right side looks terrible.
I’m not happy with it at all.
There’s one part of the painting I’m happy with, though.
Being my first go at painting a real boat (not dinghy), I’m very happy with how it turned out.
I also think the person on the left ended up looking quite good, with a nice shadow to her/him.
Anyway, I’ve taken some photos of the process, so I might as well show them.
I startet out doing a light sketch, to place the boats, the bridge and the houses.
Already you can see that I should have used a bit more time (or maybe less time) drawing the boats on the right side.
They simply don’t look right.
The one on the left is okay, though.
The houses on the right are also not looking quite right.
So, maybe this is the first mistake in the process of painting this painting.
Now it was time for a wash:
As you can see, there are some patches of colour.
Those should have been avoided, but all in all it’s ok.
Now I startet adding darker colours to the painting, in the second layer.
At first I left some blank spaces, to make the light colours from the first wash stand out.
However, when I started to try and save the painting from getting to dark, I ended up putting on even more paint.
Paint that covered all the light patches.
Also, the wash around the houses dried up before I got the paint on the houses themselves.
This made them stand out as well, and it just didn’t end up looking good.
Anyway, lesson learned (I hope), and on to the next one!
Here is a time-lapse video of the second layer 🙂
(I did try and do some changes the following day, though. So it’s not exactly like the finished painting)