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A Blaze in the Marsh, watercolor, 8x10
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I'm having a fine time puddling around with my new Daniel Smith watercolors! I knew that once I switched from only using oil paint and branched out into acrylics that watercolor could not be far behind. I've always loved water media but have never found much satisfaction in what most of us think of as traditional watercolor painting. That's working on an absorbant rag paper, using only transparent color without the addition of white and relying on saving the white of the paper for the lightest value.
Ever since I heard David Dunlop talk about lost 19th century techinques for watercolor painting which include working on a prepared, non-absorbant surface, using thick paint with very little water, using titanium white and stiff brushes, I have been absolutely captivated.
Its intense and velvety aubergine mass tone develops into a warm gray wash that lifts beautifully and provides immediate gratification when it comes to granulation, be it on hot- or cold-pressed paper.