What makes an interesting painting? Negative and positive shapes, hard and soft edges, contrasts and shadows.....your eye is grandly entertained by all of these elements in a painting.
As a watercolor artist, I am a HUGE fan of softening lines. I know I've written about this before, but I think that softening lines to create a sun-dappled look is so appealing in a work of art.
After I finished this Autumnal Meander painting (below) and let it completely dry overnight, I simply used clean water on a brush to work at the edges of the hard lines in the trees ( I dabbed up the water with a tissue), softening up sunspots and lightening anywhere that I thought the sun might hit the branches and trunks.
It IS a little bit time consuming, but it is totally worth it in your final product. I am especially fond of softening up little circles whenever I paint foliage or florals. It gives the painting a kind of ethereal feel.
Happy Painting, my friends!
I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane