- Working on the next preparation steps in the "Last Light" watercolour painting:
- Clean up the drawing by lifting excess pencil with kneaded eraser so it does not dirty the wet paint colours.
- Apply masking fluid to the highlights and light areas with a very old brush and the grasses with a palette knife edge. WAIT for it to dry completely.
- Check the grey scale of the reference photo again to ensure highlights and dark areas are correct in the plan.
- Identify the paint colours to use, and plan the sequence of first washes. In this reference photo, very few areas are identifiable pigments, so mixes or layers are needed. Surprise! It turns out the peculiar blues and golds are rather odd combinations of just 4 paints: Pthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Brown Madder.
- Still waiting for the masking fluid to dry...
- Test strip for checking colours and first tentative wet paint using thin washed to mark the areas a little. Whew, stressful!
Valley Visual Artists
Merritt once had a local art group called "Valley Visual Artists." They painted together regularly, organized annual art shows and hosted art workshops. It faded away, but never really disappeared. Maybe the VVA will rise again...