This is a pic of the pen and ink drawing for Primordial Mound. I spent about 3 months working on it, on and off. I was asked if I could leave it as just the black and white image, but the final image was already in my mind and was in colour so after the drawing was done, I started to pour watercolour on it. Always a risk since the colours could turn to mud if not done properly. And that would mean 3 months of work down the drain! But I love complicated and challenging paintings.
Now I begin working on the old root and tree trunk with direct painting with my brush wet on dry. I make sure all layers are dry before putting on another layer. I work on shadows and negative spaces.
One comment I must make about using pen and ink under a watercolour, is that the drawing must stand on its own before you even add any colour. Otherwise you may get a weak under-drawing that cannot hold up to all the layers of paint. No point in using the pen and ink underneath at that point. I use this method when the subject gives me the rich textures and shapes that I can work with. Some paintings I do have only watercolour and no ink drawing beneath. All depends on what the subject is asking... let the work talk to you and it will tell you what it wants!
Palette for this painting: All are winsor & newton artist quality watercolour unless stated otherwise.
French ultramarine , Cerulean , Winsor Blue, Cobalt , Turquoise ( D. Smith), Permanent Rose , Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Gold ( D. Smith).