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Botanical Garden 35… beaver pond in winter

It was a cool overcast day on January 8th 2016 when I made it down to the beaver pond again.

Botanical Garden 35... beaver pond in winter 9x12, mixed media (charcoal, gouache and watercolor)

Botanical Garden 35… beaver pond in winter
9×12, mixed media (charcoal, gouache and watercolor)
You may purchase Botanical Garden 35 on my Daily Paintworks Gallery

Botanical Garden 35... beaver pond in winter steps one and two 9x12, charcoal

Botanical Garden 35… beaver pond in winter
steps one and two… 9×12, charcoal

I began this painting with a general toning with powdered charcoal and then began to erase out the highlights around drawing done with vine charcoal. Once the drawing was done, I brushed on the gum arabic and water mixture as fixative. I allowed the painting to dry overnight then using kneaded and plastic erasers to further lift out the highlights. When I work up a painting this way I’ve found it best to use opaque watercolors such as Bismuth Yellow, Mineral Violet, Manganese Blue, Cadmium Orange, Zinc White, and Yellow Ocher.

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