Thursday, April 5, 2012
Paris, Eiffel Tower IV, oil on canvas board
I was recently reading about the great watercolorist George James, who lately paints only on Yupo. James draws constantly, filling sketchbooks for reference. He draws the arrangements of figures, then blocks in the dark and light patterns with a light value. Then he establishes the middle value, moving toward darkness and complexity. He says that watercolor lives in the real world, unlike the timeless world of oil painting in which endless revision is possible.