I’ve left it so long that I’ve forgotten how to paint; my neglected paintbrushes stare accusingly at me and I fear my paints will putrefy.
To remedy this I searched for a simple painting exercise and Google did not disappoint. I chose a negative painting technique to try and capture something of the beautiful autumnal leaves before they disappear.
It was a surprise to find how much I enjoyed this technique, pushing the paint around without caring about the end result…it’s purely an exercise It is one that I’ll use in future.
A bonus was that it also gave my brain an unexpected (much needed) workout.
- Select three transparent colours and paint a light background wash using one or all.
- It is important to allow each layer to dry completely.
- When dry, draw some outline shapes of leaves (or whatever). Then, in the negative spaces only, paint another wash, preferably in a darker tone.
- Allow to dry completely. The idea is to suggest shapes by painting around them.
- Into these darker negative spaces, draw in additional shapes and continue with another wash into the negative spaces.
- Continue building up these layers until you ae satisfied with the picture.
- Try not to overwork it by losing some edges, softening with a water spray and facing towards the edges of the paper.
- For better definition I refined the shapes with pastels and ink.
You are very welcome.