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Watercolor Demonstration 8
'Deer'

This painting was completed using a one-inch flat brush and my favorite old toothbrush (for spattering paint).
Note: This demo is part of professor Terri Robin Vernon's Applied Communication Arts curriculum at Nova Scotia Community College in Lawrencetown, NS.

Getting Started   Getting Started
While working on a representional painting I usually have a reference photo sitting nearby, but this time I decided to try a slightly more modern method and placed an old notebook computer above my workspace (after all, we're well into the 21st Century!). The image on the screen is a digital photo of a little deer in my Mom's yard; I thought it might make a fun painting.
     
Paint   Paint
The paint used for this project came from a set of Holbein colors that I received from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society as part of the H.K. Holbein Award. I squeezed the tubes into the Quiller Palette on the left. The palette on the right is loaded with Shinhan colors; also very nice paints, but I didn't use them this go 'round.
     
Initial Drawing   Initial Drawing
Here's the simple pencil sketch used to start the project. It was accomplished with a 6B Mars Lumograph pencil on Strathmore Aquarius II paper.
     
Yellow   Yellow
Most of the scene is made up of foliage, so I applied an initial layer of Permanent Yellow Lemon (along with some Permanent Green Number 1) to both the background and the foreground.
     
Green   Green
Some Cobalt Green added a nice blueish tint and started to give the scene a little depth.
     
Blue and Gray   Blue and Gray
I painted the structures with Compose Blue and a gray made up of Cerulean Blue and Burnt Umber, then dabbed these same colors onto the the green sections to help suggest grass, leaves, etc.
     
Brown   Brown
About this time I realized I hadn't done any work on the deer, so I got cracking with some Burnt Umber and Light Red, which I also added to the foliage.
     
Yellow   More Yellow
I decided to paint the 'sky' with Permanent Yellow Deep and then added some of this same color to the body of the deer as well as the background.
     
Details   Details
At this point I loaded various colors onto the toothbrush one by one and strategically spattered the surface of the paper (to suggest detail without painting every little object). The deer's eye was completed with a single dab of Mineral Violet using the corner of the one-inch flat brush.
     
Finished Painting   Finished Painting
While the previous colors were still wet I added them here and there to help build up the scene. Here's how the finished work appears on my art website.

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