After two classes in watercolor techniques, with teacher and artist Susan Cowan, here is a recent project start: underpainting done with a pouring technique which will later be combined with the above photograph – this week’s challenge is to use something with an architectural component.
The underpainting was made using thinned pigments – azo yellow, brown madder, and Prussian blue, which were then loosely dripped from a brush onto a vertically-held 140 lb., cold pressed watercolor paper. The results were not as intense in saturation as I expected, but provided lots of interest for creativity. Some of the drips were also sprayed with water to get more effects. The photo I selected to use in the challenge project was taken in 2014, while walking the Nakasendo Trail, which is an ancient royal roadway between Kyoto and Tokyo. What techniques do you like to use for underpainting?