Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Fixing a bad colour choice

The Hoodoos near Banff
Watercolour, crayon and Photoshop
Charlene Brown

The focal point of this painting is an eerily-shaped natural rock formation, but what I’m going to talk about is the mountain behind it (Mount Rundle again, as it happens) which was, for a time, quite eerily-coloured (see detail, below)

Normally, I paint in the morning in a properly-lit studio, but I wanted this painting to contain distinct shadows on the snow-covered areas as well as the bare rock face. I planned to mask the snowy areas before painting the mountain, so it seemed like a good idea to prepare the painting the night before, putting in the shadows first, allowing time for that paint to dry before applying the masking liquid which also needed time to dry. Anyway, this application of what I thought was cobalt blue shadows, was done under a misleading artificial light, and came out looking like bold veins of turquoise stone. (It was Cerulean blue.)  My first attempt to fix it (a light coating of my favourite crayon) made it quite a bit worse, like the bold veins of turquoise had embedded amethysts! The only solution was to shift the colour using Photoshop, so at least the jpeg of my painting would work.  I liked the result the best when I shifted every colour in the painting.