Adrian Hill's Watercolour Painting for Beginners by Adrian Keith Graham Hill

By Adrian Keith Graham Hill

A concise creation to portray in watercolours which outlines the fundamental ideas had to comprehend and test with the method.

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For the wallpaper, introducing the pattern with quick, light touches while it was still damp. I left the shape of the picture empty until the end, because that was going to be the focal feature. The curtains, dressing table and other furniture were painted in boldly and left. No consideration for detail was allowed to slow up the performance. OPPOSITE — Unscripted o t t o m — Snapshot top b impression impression EXAMPLES OF DIRECT PAINTING \V ATE RCO LOUR PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS ROUND THE CLOCK I have chosen a simple rock and sea composition (which I have varied slightly to obviate monotony), as seen under four different lightings, subject to the time of day.

If the drawing crisp in accent, the colour is washes do nothing to detract from the I have said, show it off to better sparkle of the touch, but as advantage —or in a better light! Only very transparent washes of pure colour must be floated on, otherwise the tone of the pencil when overlaid with a mixture of two or more colours produce a heavy and opaque effect. Indeed, precision of drawing and lightness of handling with the brush are essential if by a combination the two processes are to harmonise with each or chalk will other.

Tiny particles of white paper are left, adding to, rather where the colour has not "taken" than detracting from, the haze or vibra- The eye of drama by tion of the artificial illumination of the scene. top sketch is the floodlit building enhanced in the the hustle and bustle in the street beneath and flanked by the dark silhouette of the building on the left. A suggested lamp- standard was introduced to give proportional emphasis to the height of the central building. In the bottom impression a corner of a I first mixed up the tint bedroom is attempted.

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