Friday, November 7, 2008
Watching art exhibits and reading books about paintings somehow gave me an idea in getting some subjects which are unusual in formal photography. Taking some pictures and uploading it a computer won’t bother my decision of cropping images in what subject I wanna get. Since I got my own digicam, my hand never ceases in clicking its button just to take some photos especially during weekend although some were blurry and unlikable. I’m not pro into it. Shots were taken in different angles not once nor twice but many times in different mode so that I can select the best of it – best for watercolor painting.
Tonal values in painting matters a lot. I didn’t have any formal education in this kind of messy work. We once took some basic application in color mixing during our college days but not that much since architecture cater mainly in designing. Some artists who are not used in watercolor may find it hard than painting in oil or pastel. Water is an active and complex partner in the watercolor painting process, changing both the absorbency and shape of the paper when it is wet and the outlines and appearance of the paint as it dries. The difficulty in watercolor painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate and leverage the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it. Watercolor paints don’t have a high hiding power as oil and pastel, so the previous touch of the color can’t be painted over. Since paper is absorbent so the paints cannot simply be scraped off like oil paint from a canvas.
This painting which I entitled “Dump truck” 22”W x 18”H has been done and completed within 21 hours in 5 sessions since I can only paint after my days work. I used Prang watercolor and got only 3 brushes. Although nightime is not advisable because the illumination may affect the color I’ve applied, I finished it due to constraint of time . My subject, ruined by time, is still located beside the Hilongos Gymnasium and a few meters away from our Public Engineers Office (PEO). Some of the dump trucks or heavy equipments were purposely scrapped instead of keeping it rusted and only I can remember, those were my play structures during my childhood days.