Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Feeding the Donkeys


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.