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Watercolor Demonstration 9
'Easton Balcony'

This painting was completed using a one-inch flat brush, an old toothbrush (for spattering paint), and about half the colors from a 24-color Holbein palette.

Initial Drawing   Initial Drawing
My pal Ange is a terrific model (she posed for the Fashion-based paintings seen here). For a more casual look, I made this pencil sketch of her peering over a balcony. It was accomplished with a 6B Mars Lumograph pencil on Strathmore Aquarius II paper.
     
First Paint   First Paint
Light blue looked to be about right for the highlights on her outfit, so I started by painting the entire figure with a mixture of Prussian Blue and Cerulean Blue.
     
Warm Areas   Warm Areas
Some of the foreground and background areas were then roughed in with Yellow Ochre, Permanent Yellow Lemon and Permanent Yellow Deep.
     
Gray   Gray
A variety of grays were added here and there to help build up the scene; they were made by mixing Burnt Umber with Mineral Violet and Cerulean Blue.
     
More layers   More Layers
The little 'sky' area was laid in using Cobalt Green mixed with Compose Blue. A watered-down version of this same color was added at various spots to start suggesting more detail.
     
Red & Blue   Red & Blue
At this point, the painting needed more warm colors, so I dabbed a little Burnt Sienna and Rose Madder on both the figure and the background. Another partial layer of Prussian Blue gave the figure some added dimension.
     
Finisheing Touches   Finishing Touches
To wrap things up, I added a little green (Permanent Green No. 1) to the foliage in the background, dark blue (Cerulean Blue plus Ivory Black) to the hair, and reddish gray (Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue) to darken the outfit. After flicking various colors of leftover pigment at various spots, I called it done. Here's how the finished work appears on my art website.

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