Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rooftops in the Negative

Rooftops at Dusk

Watercolor, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

I’m still playing around with negative painting. I’ve always been fascinated with rooftops, so I decided to try some negative painting with rooftops. It’s very loosely based on one of my sketches, which is pretty darned loose too. Anyway I like the way this turned out. I’ll have to try some more of these. I might try it a little differently next time though.

This was one of those times that I had a huge ah-ha moment. I haven’t done that much watercolor and I’ve struggled to find a style of my own that I was happy with. But lately I’ve been working on Linda Kemp’s Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines, Jeanne Dobie’s Making Color Sing, and Stephen Quiller’s Color Choices. Even though Stephen Quiller’s book isn’t strictly watercolor, I saw the connection between all of them. I could feel my style mentally taking form. Now all I have to do is find a way to make it take the form of actual paintings. So it looks like more practice is in store.


Shirley said...

This is wonderful!! Is any of the 3 books focused on this negative painting technique?

Sydney Harper said...

Shirley, Linda Kemp's "Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines" is all about negative painting. Stephen Quiller's book has some examples that remind me of negative painting or have a bit of negative painting in them but the focus is actually on color and palettes.

E-J said...