I couldn’t resist this grouping of animals and child. There is something goofy and funny about donkeys.
I chose a limited color palette to tell the story. After working out the composition, I made a detailed drawing, then transferred the outlines to watercolor paper. I covered the sheet with a mixture of raw umber, burnt sienna and raw sienna, carefully preserving the white of the paper. This gave me a wonderful ‘roadmap’ on where to go after that. I worked up the patterns with multiple glazes and blending colors with a soft brush. Since I wanted a soft feel, I smoothed any hard edges.