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1 Creating form Tips & Demos Watercolor and watermedia painting tips and demonstrations by Ellen Fountain, N.W.S.

2 Topic: Creating Three-Dimensional Form with Value  In order to keep the objects we paint from looking flat, we need to create the illusion of three dimensional shape and form. One of the ways to do this is with value changes from light to dark. Observation helps us decide where the light source is, and how the light hits the objects. Once we know where the lights and darks are, we have some choices as to how to create those value changes in watercolor.

3 Wet-into-wet (left) and Glazing or Layering (right): The wet-into-wet sample on the left uses three values of green, beginning with the lightest, then, the middle value is added while the first color is still damp, and finally, the darkest value is added. This gives a "softer" form, and might be used in background objects where sharp focus is not wanted. The second sample (on the right) requires a bit more patience, as you must wait for each layer of color to dry completely before adding the next "glaze" or layer of color. As in the first sample, begin with the lightest value of green and establish the entire shape of the object. When this is dry, paint on the middle value where needed, and again wait for this to dry. Finally, add the darkest value to complete the form. This can be fairly detailed if you want it to be, and is useful for foreground or midground objects

4 It works on manmade objects too...  In the three pots shown, I used the same methods demonstrated above for creating for form of the terra cotta pot. The top sample was done using the glazing method on dry paper—that is, separate layers of successively darker values were applied to dry paint layers until the form was established.

5  In the second sample, I used a partly wet approach. Look at the bottom of the pot where it "dissolves" into the background, and you'll see where the paper was still partly wet when another darker value was added. Where you see hard, sharply defined edges between colors, you know the paper was dry because the colors didn't run or merge together.

6  Finally, the bottom sample was painted using the "wet-into-wet" approach. This takes a little practice to know how wet or damp the paper should be before another color is added, but it always starts with the lightest, least saturated wash of each color, and ends with the darkest, most saturated washes. And of course, wherever you want definition along the edge of an object, you either have to wait for the paper to dry, or paint very carefully (as I did in this sample) leaving a tiny white unpainted bit of paper showing between one shape and another (in this case between the pot edge and the background color)

7 Works by Ellen Fountain  tm tm

8 Painting Fruit (from Paint Watercolors that Dance with Light by Elizabeth Kincaid, North Light Books, 2004)



11 Elizabeth Kincaid, Three Peppers and a Lime, Watercolor, 2004

12 Elizabeth Kincaid, Persimmon Tops, Watercolor, 2002  Artist’s statement: I loved the rich color of these persimmons and played with different arrangements of the simple, round forms. The cast shadow of the fruit and the texture of the lobelia bracket and contain the line of fruit. I painted this for my watercolor book to show how point-of-view can impact how we see things.

13 Elizabeth Kincaid, Persimmon Kisses, Watercolor, 2002  Artist’s statement: In this arrangement of persimmons, I was attracted by the play of color and reflective surfaces. This design plays with the idea of a row of fruit becoming a train by placing the persimmons in contact with each other. From this perspective, the cast shadow is filled with reflected colors, and the lobelia becomes texture. This was the first time I have painted persimmons, and it was such fun to play with their color

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