Adding the Signature on Curlew Painting. In this post, I’ll finish the curlew painting. First, I’ll add the needles for the branches on the Siberian Fir tree in the upper right hand corner. I’ll use the color Windsor & Newton Jet Black and a liner. 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. I paint the needles on the Siberian Fir tree. Then, I will add flying curlews to the background.
Flying Curlews in 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 it aligns on 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 dries, I add my highlight and shade colors to the flying curlews.
Complete the Signature
I’ll paint my signature and this painting will be ready to sell. About 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.