Plastic Wrap Saved the Day
by Donald Cobb
(Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
This watercolor measures 36x60 on elephant paper. I found an old black and white photo in a magazine of these Native Americans on their ponies years ago. After sketching this b&w photo recently I colorized it using a limited palette.
I brushed on the sky,Native Americans,horses and top of the hill. The foreground did not exist in the old photo, so I sketched what I called a washed out gulch to lead one to the subject. I dreaded painting the rocks, sticks, plants, etc. since I had taken so long painting the horses and figures on the top part of the painting. I wanted the foreground to look convincing, like a southwest landscape.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, why not create the textures of rocks, plants, etc. with plastic wrap. I used a limited palette again, same colors and it turned out pretty good I think and it took about 6 minutes to finish the bottom half of this painting.
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