Thursday, August 18, 2016
The gazebo at the Newagen Inn is really a weathered, dark, gray brown. Somebody once told me that brown is just a dirty orange, so I decided to push that idea to enliven the subject. I painted the sky and then the gazebo first. When I put down the first wash of orange, it was a bit shocking, but gradually after the blue background trees and the darker green foreground trees were added, the orange seemed a bit tamer.
Another tip: I pre-wet the page to paint the sky and while this was still wet, I dashed in the orange. This resulted in a blurry, soft-edged area. When it dried, I was able to cut around the gazebo with the darker values. This approach, in which you don't stop at the edges of the gazebo, avoids a cut out, pasted-on look, as well as creating an undertone that gives the background and the gazebo something in common.
Posted by Carol Jessen at Thursday, August 18, 2016