Before and After

I thought I would show a watercolor in the different stages. This one I'd been working on for a few days and the gray green area above the grass green area just wasn't working out. Too dark. I couldn't do anything to get more contrast. So... what to do about it? I could tear another piece of watercolor paper to cover it and then start over on that part, but it would stick up from the first piece of paper too much. Hmmm... (tap on chin)

Aha! Put a piece of book page paper (I love Harry Potter - that's what this one is) over it. I'd planned on watercoloring over it, but liked the contrast of the whiteness against what I'd already done. Other than putting a few more layers of color over the sky and grass areas, I left the book paper pretty much alone. I added some highlights of metallic paint for the stars, the horizon and the windows of the house. I took this picture outside and it's REALLY bright today - the colors aren't quite so garish in real life!

Here's a detail of the house. Can you see the glittery doorknob? I'd love to be invited to this home.


Frances said…
Isn't it fun when an artwork suddenly presents an unforeseen challenge...that can be trigger fresh thinking?

Your watercolor has lots of sparkle, not just on the little door knob.

Best wishes.
Arzigogolare said…
I love the introduction of the strip of book text - and even how the words run vertically along the horizontally-oriented strip. The inspiration that comes from trying to rework a piece is often pretty wonderful.
- Lisa
PS I think this may be the first time I have left a comment on your blog, so I just wanted to say that I enjoy visiting...

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