With that in mind, I decide to try a painting of autumnal birch trees in watercolor on Yupo paper. Yupo allows for vivid color since the paint does not soak in. Autumn color is vivid, right? So it seems a good match.
Let's see how this 14x11 inch painting turns out:
First, I blob red and yellow (to make orange), and blue and yellow (to make various shades of green) onto the paper letting the colors mix together at random. I leave part of the paper white for the sky.
Note that I lay the paper horizontally flat on the easel and not on an angle. Even so, the paints run every which way...
But I like the effect.
Now to let it dry completely. This takes time because the colors are puddled on top of the paper:
When completely dry, I take a wet flat brush and pull it down from top to bottom removing the paint as I go. This will indicate the white birches:
I decide to make three trees adding shading with blue while still damp:
After this dries, I add details to the trees and the background foliage. A light touch is needed to keep from removing the paint underneath:
It's a good idea to step back from a painting from time to time to see what is needed (and there usually is something needed!). When I do this, I notice the painting looks flat. A few more birches in the background will add depth...
(How easy to add more trees by simply wiping off paint! Yupo is fabulous that way.)
I repeat the process of shading, allowing to dry and adding details on the new trees. Once I've made all adjustments to the painting, it is completed and here it is:
|'Birches in Autumn' 14x11 Watercolor Painting - Sold|
I like the fresh, impressionistic look. You can see the difference in effect by checking some of my birch paintings on watercolor paper here.
Next time I use Yupo, I have more ideas to try. Hope you'll check back to see!
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