|"Light Coming Through the Trees"|
|watercolor underpainting with some charcoal strokes|
I just got back from a 5-day workshop with Albert Handell. Grass Valley, California is just far enough away to NOT commute, so I stayed at a local artist's home. It was great to be totally immersed in art for a long stretch of time. The pictures above are of my painting in the afternoon of the first day.
Albert did a demo in the morning showing the watercolor underpainting technique. We are all working on white Kitty Wallis sanded paper. One of Albert's techniques that I learned was the use of soft vine charcoal to give more texture and linear strokes to trees and branches. It is a very lovely way to add texture and softness at the same time.