I recently posted an old painting on Facebook. It was called “Gulls on Filey Brig” and attracted a lot of comments…so much so that I was commissioned to do another one in a similar vein. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I approached the subject as well as curiousity as to how it would compare to the original. More importantly I suppose - would I be able to see any improvement after all these years? This sort of painting can only be done with watercolours. But first - the most important part - careful (very careful!) masking of the white paper you want to preserve for later. Here's the painting all 'masked' and ready for action:
It's not a brilliant photo but you can see just how much masking fluid I used. Once it's dry I can paint with total freedom knowing the essential structure of the piece is safely protected. Then remove the mask and paint in a few details to produce an exciting and dramatic seascape. Despite my misgivings I am very pleased with the way it turned out and my gulls have definitely improved!
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!