Welcome to a new week, my friend! I hope that your weekend was a good one. I got my first COVID-19 vaccination shot last Thursday afternoon, and has some side effects on the Friday, and over the weekend. Nothing drastic, just enough to make me feel icky, and dizziness kept me from doing too much. On Saturday I did start a new style of watercolour painting, and finished it on Sunday! Of course that means you know what I’m sharing with you today!
RAINBOW FRENCH BULLDOG
I’ve always wanted to learn how to paint animals using ‘rainbow’ colours! So when I saw this video tutorial on sale on Etchr Studios, I had to purchase it! It’s a fabulous 90 minute video tutorial that you download, so you get to keep it forever! The tutorial uses this free image from Pexels (it’s provided with the tutorial).
What I’ve learned is that doing the ‘rainbow’ or ‘technicolour’ style of painting is all about colour values. The cool colours – blues & purples – are used for shadows and shading, and the warm colours – yellows, greens are used for highlighted areas.
I followed the tutorial very closely, since this was my first time doing this style. However, I substituted my Brusho Crystal Colours for most of the painting, only using a couple of my Daniel Smith paints. The Brusho colours I used are Purple, Lemon, Leaf Green and a tiny bit of Black; the Daniel Smith colours are Phthalo Blue and Quinacridone Rose.
First, I traced the outline of the image onto an 8″ x 10″ piece of Arches 140 lb. cold press paper, using graphite for tracing. Next, I painted the first layer of colours, covering most of the areas. The fun part is always when you paint the eyes – the whole image comes to life! The second layer is added after the first layer has mostly dried. The second layers adds more shadows, and the highlights. The final part of the painting is done when everything else is dry – adding the white areas with bleed proof white paint. The whiskers, highlights on the nose, eyes, eyebrow, etc. are added with this and a fine brush.
The only thing I haven’t done is signed it! I’m going to do that after I’ve flattened the painting some more – my tape had lifted a bit overnight, which allowed some warping to happen.
Considering that this was my first try at this painting, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I’ll definitely be doing this more, with different animals, on my own. Video tutorials are wonderful when you’re first learning a new technique or style, and for refreshing your skills. They’re especially wonderful to have access to, while in person classes are not possible right now. Plus, you can access classes from anywhere in the world, which means that artists from all over, at all levels, can share their skills.
ONE MORE LOOK
Just because, here’s another look at my new style of watercolour painting, French Bulldog. Have you tried this style? I know it’s not ‘new’, but it’s new to me!
I like to use Arches 140 lb. 300gsm cold press watercolour paper, but I know that paper type is a personal preference. The brushes I used for this painting are Silver Black Velvet #8, Escoda Versatil #4, a Grumbacher #3 and a #2/0 (very fine point). Affiliate links for the supplies I use are provided. If you choose to use my links, you help support me in maintaining my blog, at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance!