Wading in the Atmosphere

Bird with Atmosphere

One of the things I really like about watercolor is the difference between an edge of color and an edge of color that has had a wash over it.  For example in this painting look at the “legs” above the surface compared to the ones below.  It is subtle and it may not show up so well on the computer screen, but it looks nice in person.  Color edges that have been washed over seem to softer and more worn.  Sort of like the difference between an old and new tee-shirt.

I am really enjoying my last few paintings.  I like the long red shapes and the muddy rich colors.  Also in this painting I am trying out an outline effect, kind of like the outline a flash makes in a snapshot.  For some reason.


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