Judi Wild

spirit bear detail by Judi Wild
 watercolorist with a difference

Judi is happy to share her techniques in
dry-brush watercolors

 .........an in-depth look at how Judi Wild paints her watercolors

Following you will find a digital documentation of one
of Judi Wild's recent paintings entitled "The First Outing"
Please excuse the color inconsistencies between  each of these digital photo shots

Judi works on a high quality hot press illustration board. She begins
with a detailed pencil drawing of the main focal point of the painting


The artist will then gradually add several layers of transparent watercolor over
the pencil work, until the desired affect is achieved. She uses very fine brushes
and with great patience may spend many hours working on just a small area -
She will work on one area of the painting at a time - pencil followed by dry-brushing.
This is to prevent the carbon pencil work from smearing and making a huge mess.

After completing the 3 chicks, Judi continues to work on the foreground of the painting.
This area shows the nesting area of the loons - composed of intertwined dried grasses-
which was especially challenging. Watercolors is normally a very transparent medium,
so the artist is unable to apply thick  layers of opaque paint. Each strand of grass
or leaf  must be individually painted and the spaces between are all back-painted.
This area took Judi at least 35 hours to complete - a lesson in patience.


Notice the positioning of the father loon in the background. Judi decided that this
was a mistake as it conflicted with the chick on the mothers back. If the color
has only been lightly administered it is possible to wash this out and allows for
a correction as shown in the next picture. I'm sure that you will agree that the father
loon is more appealing in the new position - partially hidden by the bushes.


This shot shows the background bushes half finished. The leaves were e
specially challenging as each one has to be painted with several layers of
transparent paint with just a hint of moisture on the brush,  gradually
achieving the desired effect. It cannot be rushed - it is a very slow process
unlike the  normal wet-on-wet watercolor technique

This is the finished product. Well over 100 hours of dry-brushed watercolors
went into the making of this small 26" X 9" painting

Detail of nesting area



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