Just wanted to show you an alternative method of rendering light details on a dark background. Instead of using art masking fluid as I usually do, I find the above technique results in the even edges I needed to depict fine straws of grass. You can't use the method everywhere but in this case I was pleased with the result. It's my own invention but there are probably many other artists doing similar things to achieve the same results.
Agatha Christie once said " I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. In my opinion invention arises from idleness, possibly also from laziness." Anyway whatever, it's the results that matter.
|"Raindrops" watercolour 95 x 40 cm|
Now I think I will declare it finished before I overdo it.
This week until the 15th April our house is open to the public during "Konstrundan" the annual open studios event here in southern Sweden. Above is a video I uploaded to YouTube in 2010 when we prepared for the event then.
|Some of the 350 people that dropped in on Good Friday. Photos:David Elberling.|
I am very happy to say that, after only three weeks, my new e-book has been sold to readers in 14 different countries. Apart from Europe, USA, Canada and Australia, I’ve received many feed-backs from exotic places (well for me anyway) like Hawaii, Tasmania, Oman, El Salvador and Moçambique. I am especially pleased and honoured to be able to be an inspiration for aspiring artists and even established artists who are, for different reasons, unable to attend art schools or workshops otherwise. Although there's nothing like a real "treebook" which of course has it's own quality, the wonderful thing about an e-book is that it can be received in an instant anywhere in the world. It's cheaper too!
|One of the 224 illustrations in the book Watercolour in Detail. Photo: Philip Elberling|