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Yesterday’s art class task was to paint pictures of chili peppers.
It would be fair to suppose that watercolours aren’t my strong point (was that a snigger?) judging by these amateur attempts. Which is why I’m taking lessons and – these aren’t supposed to be a true depiction of the peppers. It was more about utilising the techniques we’d learned, such as:
Dry Brush; wet paint on a dry surface – each layer of paint must be dry before painting on top of it. This builds up a rich intensity of colour and outlines remain crisp.
Wet on Wet; wet paint is applied directly onto another layer of wet paint. The colours bleed into each other, softly diffusing like fluffy clouds. I find this scary and unpredictable and much more practise is required.
Wax Resist; some areas are blocked out with wax crayons or candles, and then when washed over with watercolour paints, the wax repels the paint leaving the wax colour peeking through in a pleasing manner. You must (surely) have done this kind of thing at school, scratching out patterns in the dried black paint to reveal psychedelic colours beneath.
Alright, you probably already know all this. Should you get an urge to leave a comment please don’t feel obliged to say nice things about my offerings. Honest.
This course is so much fun that I never want it to end. So I’ve signed up for the rest of the year and contemplating taking Life Drawing classes too…which should keep me out of mischief.
You know what would be ideal with all this lovely sunshine and red hot chilis? Vodka and cranberry ice-lollies.