IN THE STUDIO (AT LAST)
Sadami suggested I should "take it easy" with theThree Women I was painting in watercolor. Her comment got me thinking: the ability to make corrections with a medium is very important. Oils dry so slowly, you can scape off the offensive spots and turp them down to the canvas if need be. With Acrylics, you can "white out"; you can totally remove the paint with alcohol. What can you do when you've been heavy handed or your shadows are too dark and you wish to lighten them up when working in watercolor?
Then, since I didn't care about the painting at all, I went further and put the whole thing under full pressure, running water for two or three minutes. When I lifted it out, the only colors that remained were the staining pigments, (fig.2).
Experimenting with the subtractive technique was important. None of us is that perfect that screw-ups won't happen during the paint process and we won't want to redo. I just read someone's blog post who was chastising herself for making her shadows too dark; she had forgotten that shadows appear darker in photographs than they really are. She was working from a photograph,as was I. This bit of info also pushed me to test how subtractive watercolor is. Pretty subtractive was my conclusion after yesterday's studio session. Below is the painting as it is.