Thursday, January 21, 2010
Negative space painting
I don't have a huge number of art books and the ones I do have are technique specific in most cases. I like some reference manuals around to refresh my brain cells and provide inspiration. I don't have a lot of books because I find that its easy to spend more time reading about art than actually practicing it.
I've been more involved in watercolours lately and I enjoy the challenge of using them and am always looking for additional inspiration and insight into how other artists use the medium. The tricks of the trade I guess.
I came across The Watercolorist's Answer Book a couple of days ago, while returning a really god-awful watercolour book that I'd bought online. It rots me that I paid $10 more for it instore than on line, but that's life sometimes. I have to say that this book is quite good. Its filled with tips, techniques and solutions for watercolour artists. From theory into practice, I think it was a good buy and will join my little band of mini advisors on the shelf.
Are you a collector of all and any art books or are you selective about what's in your personal library?
One of the demos in the book was a negative space painting which appealed to me. I did a little study getting a feel for it and plan on seeing what happens when I translate this to masa paper on a large scale. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.
This is a limited palette of phthalo blue, quinacridone gold, yellow ochre and raw sienna. Salt was added to the wet surface to add texture and interest.