Far Eastern Curlew Wading In A Stream In Siberia 4 – In this post, I will finish my gouache painting, “Far Easter Curlew Wading In A Stream In Siberia”. The first area to address is the needles for the branches on the Siberian Fir tree in the upper right hand corner. I’ll be using the color Windsor & Newton Jet Black and a liner. As mentioned in previous posts, because I draw with my brush, I always mix a lot of water with my paint which is quite different from most other artists who paint in gouache. In the first photo, you’ll notice that most of the branches do not have any needles. Using some watered down Jet Black gouache I’ll create the needles for the Siberian Fir using a liner. Now that the needles on the Siberian Fir tree have been painted, I need to add to flying far eastern curlews to the background. To accomplish this, I draw the birds on tracing paper and position it over the painting. Once I find the proper placement and composition, I hinge the tracing paper onto the painting using masking tape. Using a 5B or other soft pencil I color the back of the tracing paper turning the tracing paper into a carbon paper of sorts. With the hinge, I can flip it back and forth to make sure the drawing is properly impressed upon the painting without having to re-position the tracing paper. This process is rarely successful in one attempt.
Before adding the final highlight and shadow colors, I paint a base color using Windsor & Newton Permanent White. Permanent White is the brightest and whitest white and for me, that lightens and brightens any color I put on top of it. Once the Permanent White has dried, I add my highlight and shade colors to the flying curlews. All that is left is my signature and then this painting will be ready to sell on my store. Concerning my signature, I like to sign my name inside a rectangle. The rectangle can be positioned to aid the composition or complement the existing color palette.