Friday, September 12, 2014

Garden Pump

Garden Pump, 5.5x8" watercolor, ©Diane Mannion

Day 12 of the 30/30 Challenge

This garden pump is on the grounds of Artist Acres in Englewood,  a densely shaded area with patches of sunlight filtering through thick foliage.  Not an easy subject to paint.  

Perhaps, I should have titled this "Help!  I'm painting and just can't stop!"  In an attempt to push my darks for the shadows and values, I kept adding layers of paint.  If I paint this scene again, I'll simplify the masses and keep my foreground, middle, and background more distinct.  

Watercolor works best as a transparent medium and is easily overworked.  But I'll let this painting stand as a sketch.  Sometimes, we learn from our mistakes.

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