OK, a lot of thought about the steps needed to get this painting to mid-point. I have decided to paint with pre-mixed colours rather than paint layers of single pigments, to reduce the problem of multiple lines in the large wash areas. Either way would work, but I am not so confident with this very large paper, so I am going with the less risky and faster-drying method. It will take a lot more paint than I usually use to swish over these big spaces - and finally get the paper wet!
- First, 4 containers with about 2 tablespoons of paint of each of the main colours;
- A selection of larger brushes, one for each colour to avoid contaminating the colour pots;
- A large wash brush for wetting specific sections with clean water, to avoid uneven lines in the large areas;
- 2 buckets of clean water, paper towel, extra small containers for mixed colours.
Ready, set , paint! The layers below took 2 hours and this is about the mid-point of the painting. Next I will wait overnight for all to dry, then remove the masking fluid.
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...