|Brothers 9 x 11|
Watercolor on paper
Most novice artists are put off from watercolor painting because they're afraid their drawing skills aren't good enough. So I'm going to let you in on a well known secret among art teachers. Sometimes we just skip the drawing lesson and use a light box or, in my case, a window.
1. Print out your picture on a full sheet of paper.
2. Tape it face down to the back of a piece of watercolor paper
3. Tape the paper to a window.
4. Lightly trace the outline.
5. Take the picture off the back and crop the photo with tape.
Now the painting part. Colors needed: yellow ochre, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red light, opera, pthalo blue, ultramarine blue, sap green and burnt sienna.
1. Wet-on-wet wash of both blues on the water above the surf. Wet-on-wet wash of yellow ochre on the sand and the figures. Leave the surf white. Blot some yellow off of the shoulders of the figures. I also dropped some opera pink on the left figure"s (Peter) shorts. DRY
2. On the right figure (Eric) I painted a clear water then dropped in some burnt sienna and cadmium red on the shorts. I left a light spot on his hair, shoulder and arm.
3. I added some burnt sienna and pthalo blue to the figure of Peter also leaving some light areas on his shoulder, arm and shorts. DRY
4. I wet the water and sand areas and dropped in some more colors. Blues and greens on the water and yellow ochre and burnt sienna on the sand. I sharpened up some edges on the surf and dropped a little bit of blue into the white surf and the shadows by the boys' feet. DRY
6. Eric's shoulder needed a better highlight so I took a clean, stiff bristle brush with clear water and scrubbed gently. Then blotted with a clean tissue. DRY
7. I put some yellow ochre on the sand to redefine the edge of his shoulder.
8. I wet the sand by their feet and dropped in ultramarine blue to develop a deeper shadow.
9. I sharpened some edges with a black created by mixing burnt sienna and ultramarine blue and declared the piece done!
Last summer, about 22 years since the original photo, I bribed the boys into recreating the pose. Aren't they cute!