This is my second picture of Ethan doing an “Arley”. I will have to look in one of his skateboard mags to see how to spell that. I wanted to do this last night but had to try for an early night as we got up really early this morning to climb table mountain. But as I climbed I was working out the painting strategy. And I read Herr Reid on the way home to fix his lessons in my mind. He suggests practicing the contour drawings on paper before starting the watercolour – which I did.
Here is the first wash.
I started with the middle value colours because I am not sure how to get these right once the darks are in. But I did the shoe in a single dark wash which I softened with water. Cool hey? Now I am going for an evening surf with my boys.
I have spent the evening doing the next wash and will stick here till tomorrow.
I am pleased with the shadow which has more life, and I like the way the shadow and the tree shadow repeat the motion of the arms. The tree is overworked though – this is a lot of dark and I want to learn how to apply this amount of colour with sparkle. This will be my bed-time reading. Oh yes – Ethan tells me that the move is called an ‘Ollie’ but as his brother Calvin explained, “We are South African – therefore Arlie” (I am not sure I understood but anyway).
Here is the final wash
– mmm I think the tree is quite strong – I want to do another with a l0wer value background.