Watercolor Challenge: Know When to Stop

This is a studio watercolor I just completed. All throughout the painting, I was concerned about doing too much–that’s because I was very happy with the block in phase and could have easily just left it as a monochromatic sketch. Instead, I decided to go to full color and turn it into a painting–so, I had to be careful along the way not to let things get out of control and over detailed.

The block-in phase, drawn with a brush using the blue section of my butcher's tray palette.

The block-in phase, drawn with a brush using the blue section of my butcher’s tray palette.

Next came the darks and the depth began to appear, very tempted to stop...

Next came the darks and the depth began to appear, very tempted to stop…

Added some color, that orange was scary, no turning back now...

Added some color, that orange was scary, no turning back now…

Almost there, just need to connect the darks to keep the flow

Almost there, just need to connect the darks to keep the flow

The finished painting with the sky blocked in and the darks unified.

The finished painting with the sky blocked in and the darks unified.

This was a very challenging piece to do in watercolor, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Overall I am pleased with the outcome, but I would like to do it again, possibly 2 more times: once again in watercolor only much larger (this is only 11×14 in.), and another version in oil, which I am sure would have a completely different feel to it.

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Watercolor Challenge: Know When to Stop

  1. It’s always so hard to know when that point I and when to stop, looks great though 🙂

  2. kullaf says:

    Generally speaking, I always stop sooner rather than later, I would rather leave more to the imagination and retain freshness rather than put in too many details and have it get overworked. Always remind yourself what appealed to you about your subject in the first place, if that is coming across, then it’s done! 🙂

  3. I like how you stopped at a teetering point. It gave obvious focus to the subject, and leaves you wondering. Thank you for sharing.

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