The Im­por­tance of Edges

John Lovett shares his meth­ods for con­trol­ling edges in wa­ter­colour paint­ing

International Artist - - Contents - John Lovett

One of the most im­por­tant as­pects of wa­ter­color paint­ing is the con­trol of edges. Ev­ery mark we place on our pa­per bears some kind of edge—from the hard, con­trast­ing edge of dark paint ap­plied to dry pa­per, to the soft edge of pale pig­ment dragged across a wet wash. The ad­just­ment and con­trol of edges should be­come a sub­con­scious ac­tion, ex­e­cuted the mo­ment a mark is made. We are go­ing to ex­am­ine the va­ri­ety of edges we can pro­duce, ad­just­ments we can make to these edges and the things that can go wrong.

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