May 8th, 2013

Ultimate “Lifting” Technique

Watercolor artist Brenda Swenson writes about having second thoughts she had doing a drawing in Santa Fe. The artist ended up removing almost all the pigment with water, waiting for the paper to dry, then re-doing the painting on top of the earlier drawing.

“Last week I was in New Mexico for the sole purpose of sketching and painting for five days. When I arrived at the Santa Fe Train Station the scene was rather drab and the building was in a gravel parking lot. When presented a scene like this I like to remember “Don’t record what you see but tell me what you want me to see”. I rearranged a few elements (trains, pillars, people…). However, I liked the shadow pattern on the building. My first attempt to paint them was was less than appealing. I was able to use clean water and a soft brush and completely wash it off! Once dry I painted it again and the paper worked beautifully!”

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE:  Zeta Series – 180 Lb. (270 GSM) – Natural White – Smooth Surface

Swenson Santa Fe


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