|© Robin Edmundson, 'Snowstorm Coming', watercolor, 12 x 9 inches|
What has been slightly less fun is mastering how to capture some of that atmosphere on paper. The painting here was the 13th effort in 3 days.
I painted them dry. I painted them wet. I painted them wet and dry. I painted them right side up and then upside down and then right side up again. I painted with 3 different blues and 2 browns. Big brushes. Bigger brushes. My regular brushes. Fronts of papers, then backs of papers. I have a freakishly tall pile of winter cloud rejects in the studio right now.
But finally, this one worked. I'd like to say it's because I finally figured out how to paint clouds, but I'd have to paint them 'right' every day for a month before I'd be willing to say I'd figured it out.
I'll keep practicing and they'll get easier - or at least take fewer drafts to get there. In the meantime, I like these clouds. I'm loving the snow specks on the barn. And the footprints. And the human. [Big risk, putting that human in there. It was the last thing I did.]
140lb cp paper, Arches
12 x 9 inches
colors: indigo, WN burnt sienna, raw umber, burnt umber