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     I do hope you will find the following interesting. I wanted to include a little bit about the watercolor painting techniques that watercolor artists use in their watercolor paintings. Since I am presently showcasing Long Island, I decided to explain these techniques using beach paintings & lighthouse paintings. Enjoy!

Watercolor Techniques Mastered

A) Lost & Found edges (also called Hard & Soft edges)

     In this watercolor painting technique, the paint is applied on dry watercolor paper, rather heavily, and then a second brush, containing only clear water, in my other hand (yes, both hands are occasionally used in watercolor paintings) immediately touches one of the edges, and pulls the paint away, creating a gradient of color. The painting will then show one edge Hard (Found) and the other edge Soft (Lost). This technique can be seen in many of my paintings.

 

Montauk Lighthouse paintings. Montauk, NY1-Lighthouse Paintings: I listed about 6
Lighthouse paintings showing this technique. Look at the close up at the right and you can see this technique used on the Montauk  Lighthouse painting.


Fire Island Lighthouse watercolor paintings  Lighthouse Friends (Fire Island Lighthouse  painting) Beach paintings require this technique to accurately portray the curve of a sand dune.


 

Fire Island Ferries watercolor paintings
2-Fire Island prints:
Watercolor paintings of The Fire Island Ferries
(lithograph) require this technique to indicate a curve at the bow of the Fire Island Ferry.




3-Optimist:
My watercolor paintings of The Optimist, show this technique in the sails. See The Dreamer (giclee print) or Always the Optimist (giclee print).
 



watercolor paintings of sailboats , Long Island, New York







The Optimist

Sailboats watercolor paintings
              The Dreamer
 


 

                

 Blue Lobster watercolor paintings
4-Cousins of the Blue Lobster
(giclee print)So as to indicate a curve
to the blue lobster body.

 

 

B) Dry Brush Technique

     Watercolor paintings require other techniques as well. In Dry Brush the watercolor paper is completely dry so that the paint will stay on the watercolor paper exactly where it is placed. This is used, for example, in the watercolor painting of beach grass. As each blade of beach grass is painted, you want the beach grass blade to be sharp edged. Dry brush can be seen in several of my watercolor paintings.
 

1-Beach With a View I, II, & III: is a series of beach paintings creating a panorama of the Fire Island Beach near Robert Moses Park. Fire Island Ferries can get you there as well.

A Beach With A View - watercolor beach paintings

Beach With A View III

 


2-Meeting by the Big Tree (a lithograph):
 required jMeeting By The Big Tree watercolor painting of children playing hockeyackets with sharp edges on the children playing hockey. In this hockey print notice the snow on the clothing of Neighborhood Sledders.

     This was not painted in, but rather is the watercolor paper showing through. I achieved this sparkle by lowering the handle of the watercolor brush as it slidNeighborhood Sledders, watercolor painting of children sledding across the watercolor paper. The paint did not have a chance to enter into the pits of the watercolor paper. Children playing hockey are expected to have these snow patches. Neighborhood Sledders also shows this.
 

 

 

Beach Cabanas watercolor paintings of beach cabanas at Old Field, NY
3-Beach Cabanas:
Watercolor paintings sometimes need sharp shadows for emphasis and dry brush is used.
 

 

 

4-Cousins of  the Blue Lobster: used to get the mottled appearance onCousins of the Blue Lobster, watercolor paintings of a  lobster from Long Island, NY the red lobsterís body.
 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Friends watercolor paintings of a lighthouse at Fire Island, NY


5-The edges o
f the Montauk Lighthouse Painting and Fire Island Lighthouse Painting as mentioned above.

 

 

Tropical Mosaic VI watercolor paintings of a tropical  beach in a mosaic style


6-Mosaic paintings:
all 9 of the Mosaic prints show this dry brush technique since I wanted each mosaic tile to be sharp edged.
 

 

C) Wet In Wet

     I wet the watercolor paper prior to painting. While it is still wet, I apply the watercolor pigments using different watercolor brushes and, by tilting the paper, I am able to have some control in the mixing of the pigments.

 

Always The Optimist, watercolor paintings of sailboats on a Long Island beach

1-This works especially well in painting
skies as in
: Always the Optimist at right (giclee print) and Summerís End (lithograph) below.

Summer's End watercolor paintings of boats on a Long Island beach.

 

 



 

Crocuses watercolor paintings of flowers on Long Island, NY (Rick Mundy Watercolors)


2-Out of focus backgrounds:
Crocuses  
 

 

 

 

 

Harbor Twilight watercolor paintings of boats on a Long Island, NY beach at twilight

3-Out of focus foregrounds:
Harbor Twilight     

 

D) Negative Painting

     In this case I do not actually paint the object, rather I paint a darker
color around the object, in so doing, the object appears! This can best beMeeting By The Big Tree watercolor painting of children playing hockey on Long Island, NY seen in my watercolor lithograph print entitled ďMeeting by the Big TreeĒ (the children playing hockey). Carefully look at the large snow dusted beech tree. This tree was not actually painted, but alluded to, by painting around it.    

 

    

     Of course, much work and many techniques go into each of my watercolors. Any one of them probably uses these 4 techniques (and more!). Suppose you visit a painting not yet mentioned, take a look at Wheels of Fortunes (Red Wagons found at Fire Island communities).
Try to find each of these 4 techniques in that one Fire Island print.

     I enjoyed making this page for you, I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit about how they were painted.

         Rick

 

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