Watercolors: Fresh Tracks
In oil paints, if you want to make something appear white, you can apply white paint to the canvas any time you want. The white pigment covers up anything underneath. It can even be used to erase mistakes.
In watercolors, you dont’ have this option. Once the pigment is down on the paper, it’s down. You can’t cover it up, and there’s no turning back.
If something needs to be white, you just don’t paint that area. The white color you create on watercolor paintings is the white of the blank paper itself showing through.
That’s what I find so interesting about painting winter scenes. The trick is not so much knowing where to put the paint down…the key is knowing where NOT TO PAINT…
This is one of my favorite scenes of a cross-country ski trail in Quebec.