12 x 12 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
This painting came about with the help of a happy accident. Wanting to work a little larger, I stretched a piece of watercolor paper. After I had sketched in my composition I decided to try masking out the whites with a Fineline Masquepen instead of my usual brush. Because I have only used it once or twice I first had to do some serious cleaning out of the tip before it would work for me. Well, the masking fluid came out really fast! I had to work quickly to lay it in everywhere I wanted it to go.
(these work-in-progress shots were taken with my ipad and are not acurate color,
but you get the idea)
In some places it was so think it started to drip and run, so I grabbed an old piece of sponge and smeared and dabbed the masking fluid into place. Sometimes masking fluid is a really handy thing to use for saving whites in watercolor, but most of the time I am unhappy with the results from using it because of the hard edges it leaves. And now with this piece I would have hard edges everywhere! So I decided to go with that. I kept those hard edges in mind as I laid in color washes.