Thursday, January 18, 2018

UNO'S COUSIN, PRIMO - a watercolour step by step process

Primo, in his natural colouring ...

Another of my neighbour's roosters. She had about 6 at one point. I like the pose in the 1st photo, but LOVE the colours of the second, so I combined the two ...

My drawing ...

First wet in wet washes. There are a lot of smaller areas of different colours. I am doing what I can w/w in the larger areas.  Here I am using alizarin crimson, quin. sienna, quin. burnt orange, phthalo blue and browns and blacks [quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone].

The next few steps are a matter of intensifying the colours, usually with more of the same, and sometimes with a complement added to darken.

Colours are established overall ...

A bit of chicken-scratch spatter on the ground ...

I am adding a soft background with permanent rose [any cool quin. pink will do],  quin. burnt orange and indanthrone. I am applying it quite thinly.

These last two photos are taken at the same stage, with different lighting. I find it difficult to get a true  assessment of the colour using just the computer editing. I have posted both images so you may get a better idea of the colours and values.

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  1. I thought Uno was brilliant, but Primo takes the prize. Great painting, Kathryn. Something to crow about!

  2. Fabulous painting! His colours are beautiful! Great to see the steps.

  3. It does not seem possible that this beauty can be created!!
    Even the feet and scratch on the ground,,,, and the feathers!
    A beautiful masterpiece!
    You and your magic paintbrush work so perfectly together.

  4. Yes, another superb painting! Wonderful execution of the background giving it such depth. He even seems to be glowing, showing his aura, he is the BOSS. Have a great weekend!

  5. so pretty :D roosters can be so colourful but also very angry lol

  6. Happy new Year, dear Kathryn,
    This painting is absolutely gorgeous! Such beautiful details and colors. Love the background also..

  7. Gracious Kathryn - he is simply gorgeous. I love that pose too - captures the personality of a strutting Rooster. Hope you are having a great week. Hugs!

  8. Wow! I think I'm going to have to call him Hot Stuff!! Love the hot colors mixed with the cool blues.

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