My Mom asked me for a painting for Mother’s Day. She asked for a snow scene but it is Spring time and I just can’t do it. So I decided to give negative painting another try. I drew three apples and a few branches being careful to make sure that I left plenty of empty space between them. I first wash the background with three colors: Raw Sienna, Pthalo Blue, and Permament Sap Green. I kept using these three colors for each layer of color I added to the picture. Between each layer of color, I drew in more leaves and branches and painted around them. In this way the background color becomes the color of the leaves and branches of that layer. This has a nice effect.
My birthday landed on a Saturday this year. I am now 46. I took the whole day off and practiced my latest hobby!
This is an example of negative painting. I’m not really happy with how this turned out. I really like the bottom right flower but the top right doesn’t look very good.and the bottom left didn’t turn out the way I hoped. I think that this picture would be improved by making the background colors more homogenous. Too many variations become a distraction.
On my birthday, Tammy gave me the book “The Complete Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook” and I saw a painting like the one above so I tried it. I really like the author’s style. His name is Gordon MacKenzie. I don’t like the sky here. And I wasn’t completely pleased with the sun dapples on the water, but it is a start.