Watercolor on Gessoed Ground

First blush: tree bark was easier, foliage was harder. It was a little awkward to work with at first, but I think given some time to get the hang of it, it could be very useful for certain subjects. It is hard to get really dark darks, which might be a deal breaker for me. I don’t know! It’s hard to tell at this stage. I also feel like most of the effects I really like in these particular two tries were accidental. Not that I’m opposed to taking credit for accidental greatness, but a little more control would be nice.

Anyway, a little more experimentation is in order.

I might have to go back and try a painting of these particular subjects with un-gessoed paper to see if it’s easier or harder to get the effects I want. Right now, everything seems inordinately difficult, because I’m having to do it with multiple nettle burns, ant bites and mosquitoes buzzing in my ears. Also, sweltering heat. Ah, summer!

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