Back to my studio at last! And I have moved to a much bigger space .. across the landing:) More room to swing paint though!
I know I tend to harp on sometimes about the fact that I do miss the textural effects I could create with pastels ... so I have been experimenting creating a variety of textures with watercolour this week.
The land area is painted onto random layers of gesso applied with a palette knife. I first painted an underwash of burnt sienna so that it would 'break through' some of the areas where the gesso skipped the paper. I then painted several watercolour layers on the dried gesso, allowing to run and puddle. I also spattered with water to encourage further movement of the paint.
I do like the resist the gesso provides to initial washes. Sunsequent layers will eventually cover the gesso but still keep the texture. I need to experiment more with this technique!
Close ups (click for larger images)