Riders at Camel Coulee

Well it’s finished today…. I think.  In the reference photos the figures were almost black, and I wanted to preserve that silhouette “feel”, so to achieve that  I painted them as one solid entity, dragging the paint from the shadow under their hat brims right down through to the ground.  I seldom layer; what I did here was add colour to the wet paint till it was dark enough and/or the right colour.   I used more “local” colour in certain spots…like on the blue and yellow horses, the chaps or saddles.  If you look closely though, there are no “edges” within the figures.
I was listening to one of my favourite watercolourists (Don Weller) today on You Tube  and he says that he likes watercolour because it’s really “coloured drawings”, and I realized that that is exactly how I feel about it.  The drawing was extremely important in this piece.   SOLD

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