Texada Sky Demo:


  Texada Sky watercolour demo by Marilyn TIMMS

The Subject - soft, fluffy white clouds over Georgia Strait


     Step One:

Skies & Clouds - SURRENDER to the process!
1. Measure and put pencil line to be sure the horizon is STRAIGHT
2. Prepare three different mauves. Wet the paper, then drop the mauves onto the wet paper. Tissue out and areas that you want to stay light. HINT: change the tissue constantly to be sure it is a clean & dry spot, press don't drag. Watch your fingernails don't scratch.
3. Dry the painting COMPLETELY.


    Step Two:

1.Prepare a violet that is greyed with a little Yellow Ochre
2.Paint along the base of the cloud shape. Use a wet brush to soften the top edge of the shape.
3. Wait a bit so the colour will stay in place, then soften the bottom edge the same way.
3. With a round (smallish) brush, touch clean water droplets into the painted shapes. The paint has to still be damp for this to work.
4. We mixed a violet that was pink in tone. Using the violet we had mixed, we started above the horizon from the right then allowed the wash to water out some as we reached the left side.We continued this right to the bottom of the page.
5. Using a damp, flat brush we pulled the upper edge of the area we had just painted up into the clouds until we were 3/4s of the way across from the right, then we stopped to leave the remaning shape crisp. HINT: If you know you will need to soften the edge of a shape you are painting, get to it quickly because, once it begins to dry, it will be too late to soften it.

     Step Three:


1. We created a mixture of Ultramarine + Staining Blue (Phthalo/Antwerp/prussian/Winsor) with part of it thinned some with water.
2. We turned our painting (and our subject photo) upside down, then we softened the upper edges of the cloud formations with clear water on a damp flat brush.
3. Beginning at the now-top where the damp edge was, using the thinned wash colour, we worked the paint between the light clouds, allowing it to get darker and darker as we worked our way down.
4. We used a soft sponge or wet brush to "lose" the sharp edges we had created. Some places, we dropped clean water onto our blue wash to create blooms and lighter cloud shapes.

     Step Four:

1. Using a mixture of Alizarin Crimson+Ultramarine Blue+Burnt sienna, we painted in the land mass from right to left watering out the colour at the far left. While it was still wet, we touched burnt sienna at the base of it in places. HINT: the paint mix of burnt sienna shouls be thick-ish
2. Adding a bit more Alizarin Crimson to our original mixture, we painted over the colour in the water area, EXCEPT for zigzags of the pink underneath that we carefully did NOT cover up
3. We allowed the painting to dry completely.

    Final Step:

1. We put a line of masking tape just along under the waterline, then using a stainting blue, we overpainted the land mass, again watering it out as it got to the left side of the land mass. We took off the masking tape and allowed it to dry some.
2. Using the same wash,we zigzagged over the water surface, darker on the right, watered a little lighter on the left, and very light in the centre.
3. We allowed the painting to dry completely.
4. Using a small brush, a small island was carefullt painted along the waterline on the left.
5. Using pieces of masking tape, we carefully taped of a small sailboat shape with its base just below our waterline where it would cross dark colours to set it off. With a soft damp natural sponge, we scrubbed off the paint inside the taped area then carefully removed the tape.
HINT: the paper must be BONE DRY, and certain types will not scrub (Fabriano eg) well anyways