Thursday, April 14, 2016

Beginning Watercolor Experimenting with Edges 4/14

Clouds are soft, mountains are hard, right? Actually, it's up to you.

These clouds are more solid than the trees.You can't do that! It's just plain wrong.
Winslow Homer
These clouds are just as hard-edged as the buildings. Now, he's a famous painter. He should know better.

Is this better?What if these clouds had hard edges?Would it ruin the painting?

OK, are you confused yet? This is one of the first homework assignments, and you don't know me well enough to tell if Im being facetious. How can you get a good grade if you don't know for sure what the teacher wants? 
Have you heard that old phrase, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like"? I think it's supposed to be an example of boorishness, but I've always kind of liked it. Let's experiment with edges and expectations. Below are a few photos involving clouds. Try making a version of one of them that defies expectations. Hard clouds, soft mountains. Then make another version of the same image that conforms to your expectations. Remember that you can always make an edge that is partly hard and partly soft, and you can vary how soft your soft edges are. Have fun.

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