Friday, January 23, 2009

The Jefferson Memorial


This dark painting was done using the pouring method, too. I started it in the same workshop as the sunflower painting. I found that pouring was a good way to get the dark night sky in nice an smoothly. The dome of the Jefferson Memorial was masked with friskit after the first pour of light blue and red. I gradually kept masking off the areas until I got to the final dark. I had to paint in the tree shapes with almost straight paint right out of the tube. After taking this picture I noticed that my dome looked rather uneven from the friskit and I went in with a brush to even it out. That ruined the smooth dark sky and I think I would have to remask the dome and pour again to get is smooth again. I'm not sure I'm willing to go through that again, I'm not a big fan of friskit. I did this painting for the blog "Different Strokes From Different Folks" www.differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.blogspot.com It's so interesting to see how this scene was painted by so many different artists in so many different ways.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.