In this example the white
fences and veranda posts were masked out. The roof areas
had the background wash put in around them. Carefully
wetting the paper up to the area to be kept white, allows
the background wash to be flooded in without fear of
loosing the whites.
The shadows under the veranda and on the walls were
painted with the
same technique. As long as the roofs stay dry the
wont bleed into them.
Putting the dark tree shapes into a wet background gives
a nice soft edge. Contrasting sharper edges were added
after the washes dried. Try to put down the large light
toned washes first. These can be put over any areas that
will eventually be darker.
In this painting the initial foreground and sky washes
covered all but the white roofs.
By working on these large washes first the
tonal arrangement can be quickly established. Details can
then be added over the large washes. This gives the
painting a looser more spontaneous quality than carefully
working on the detailed areas then trying to put a wash
around them. Work quickly on these large washes and once
they start to dry, don't touch them!
© JOHN LOVETT 1997
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