6 Building colour and tone
I repeat this process, gradually building layers of colour. Each layer is a very slight development on the last, creating denser colour and tone. As the process continues I can refine areas more. When I want to create a harder edge I will paint an area with water first and then apply the wash, letting the paint run into the water and along the edge.
Working wet on wet produces subtle blends. I enjoy the softness this gives, but if I want to stop the paint running into an area I’ll use a hair dryer to dry areas as I’m working. I don’t worry about the drips – they’re part of the fun – but if they do interfere with something I will lift them with the brush or wash them off with the water spray.
Now that I’m happy with how the washes are progressing, I want to give the painting some form. I’ve aimed for an overall mid-tone at this stage and now I’ll work with a denser mix of paint, using a selection of long-handled brushes to start to establish darker areas, enhance contrast and bring out key forms and shapes.