Day #2 of 5: Great Yellow Mormon

I have so much fun at this stage of the painting. It's a bit like doing finger painting or doing non-objective painting, but I do "plan" where the colors go to some extent. I choose the the lightest or brightest color that will go in an area and get it on the paper. Tomorrow, you will see how I use negative painting to define the shapes and colors.

I'm going to repeat below the process that I described in previous weeks in case you are visiting here for the first time. If you read it the previous two times I posted it, you can skip it. Nothing has changed.

I learned my initial pigment application method in February (2016) from Lian Quan Zhen. As with most things I am taught, the more I use it, the more my methods deviate from my instructor and become my own.

Paper - Arches 140# cold press
Masking Fluid
Paint - In this case only Antwerp BlueJoe's Red and Bumblebee Yellow, but I premix into six dishes
Brushes - mainly Loew Cornell ultra rounds, because they hold a point well
Spray Bottle with water

First, I mask off white and yellow areas with removable masking fluid.

Then, I spritz the paper lightly and randomly with water. Next, I dribble paint. I give some consideration to where colors will be in the finished product, but I don't have a firm plan at this point. In the case of the butterflies, I did make sure to put orange there. I use a straw to blow the paint around. I use my large brushes and my finger to move puddles of color together to blend in some places. Finger painting! Fun!

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