This painting was one of the demos done at a YUPO workshop I taught this past April. The challenge was to begin the painting with one good white shape that was unpredictable, irregular, and had diagonal movement, and which took up less than a third of the whole paper. Everything around that shape was painted with a combination of cool, pale colors first. Next, some small warm darks were added.

From that point on, the painting was developed by interrupting that original white shape and painting in the dark and medium valued shapes. Much of the original white shape was obscured at this point.

This approach to painting takes some advanced planning, but it continues to amaze me how easily the painting falls together when done this way. The sense of unity in the painting is greatly enhanced because of the preliminary planning with the original good white shape.

I had plans to post some of the workshoppers' paintings but have somehow misplaced my photos of several of the finished paintings. I'll post what I do have later this week, even though some are works in progress.

"GONDOLIER" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO 20 x 26"


Cindi said...

sandy.. wonderful way to begin a painting..remembering the warms and cools playing off each other.. if they all turned out this well.. bravo to everyone!! love the white space that is now filled with color and light!!

shicat said...

Hi Sandy, I just love this. Very loose and lovely. I really like the lights and darks.I am going to try this,this summer.( and it will probably take me the entire summer to get it:))

Dawn said...

very cool Sandy!

Ginny said...

I continue to struggle (enraptured struggle) with yupo.
The amount of detail you seem to be able to get on this slippery support always amazes me. I always note how large or small you work. I wonder sometimes if I am working too small. I wonder too if I need to increase the pigment load of the paint and perhaps need to dry paint more as I go along. My favorite one of yours is the quilt on the bed in front of the slatted window. I'd love to hear more about how that one was painted.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks everyone, for commenting. I'm finshing another YUPO that I started as a demo in that workshop and will post it soon. Working on the slippery surface seems to release lots of possibilities of ways to apply paint --- and there's NO RULES of what's right or wrong techinque - as long as you enjoy it and create.

Anonymous said...

I have just started experimenting with Yupo and love the possibilities it presents. I'm amazed at the control your watercolor shows. It's not easy. I have gone for a more abstract style - for now.
It's interesting to see what other artists are doing on Yupo. Nice work.