Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rocky Stream: Finished!

"Rocky Stream" c2011 Susan Bertke
After spending an afternoon fiddling with the little details, I've declared this painting finished! 

Unlike the other paintings I've been working on the last couple of months, this one is pure transparent watercolor. The technique has been heavy on dry brushing to get textures and shadows. That's a very careful, tedious way to keep control of watercolor. Except for the very first wash, there was very little wet-into-wet painting in this one.
I've finally identified the reference photo as one I took from the back of a motel just outside of Yosemite National Bank. 

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