Thursday, November 06, 2008

Country Church

This was a practice sketch for this painting. It helped me plan out the value pattern. I learned from one of my favorite watercolorists, the late great John Pike, that it is always a good idea to have a plan for the value pattern (lights vs. darks). He always completed a pencil value sketch before starting on his gorgeous watercolors. This is especially important with watercolor because the transparent paint makes changes relatively difficult.
Having said that, I only do it once in a while because I am kind of lazy and I am always anxious to get the painting finished.
Watercolor 5 x 7, Fabriano paper

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