Doorway to Color

April 27, 2016

 This doorway in New Orleans caught my eye because of the shape, shadows, and color.  It is the perfect lesson to demonstrate layering. 


Layer one:  First I transferred a drawing of the door onto watercolor paper.  To make this doorway even more fun, I made a full spectrum color wash over top of the drawing.  I starting this wash by mixing a quarter size puddle of each color: yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, and green.  Don't worry what colors you have - any will do.  These were painted down the paper while inclined so that the leading edge of color formed a leading edge of wetness called a bead.  Keep adding color to the bead and moving it down across the paper.  When color was all over, I picked up the paper, tilted it, sprayed it with clear water in a spray bottle and tilted it back and forth till I got a smooth wash with no lines.


 Let the wash dry by laying it flat.  You can use a hair dryer to speed up the dry time.


Layer Two:

I mixed a turquoise color by mixing Viridian and Cerulean and a touch of green.  I put a layer of very transparent turquoise over the door and shutters.  To make the paint transparent I diluted it with water. 


 Layer Three:  I mixed a transparent purple of dioxazine purple and neutralized it with a bit of burnt sienna.  I brushed on the dark areas of the window panes and shadows.  Each window pane should be painted as if it were a separate little abstract painting.  I dropped colors in to the panes while still wet to give the illusion of merchandise.  After this layer was dry, I went back in with some calligraphic lines that were very dark.  My dark color was made with Indanthrone blue and shadow green.  I splattered dots of color by picking up very wet paint and hitting it against another brush to speckle the foreground.


 All done!  Loose and colorful.



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