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Rapture stage five

Rapture stage five

Medium:Water colour

Rapture - Watercolour stage five

The work has here reached an advanced stage. The sky area has been further defined

by the addition of deeper tints of yellow and the introduction of orange, painted in a

pointillist style, applied with a fine sable brush. These tonal areas in the sky also serve

to create a depth to emphasise the form of the figures.

In this way, you can manipulate the chiaroscuro (the interplay of light and dark across the

picture plane).

The anatomy of these 'designed' figures has been further refined while keeping the

effect of a magical glowing light. This allows the figures to feel integrated with the

atmosphere of the landscape as a whole.

Shadow areas have been deepened in the mountains as the overall tonal key of the

picture becomes more defined. The contrast of these shadowed areas with the trees

allow the tones of the trees to be deepened yet remaining visible in contrast with the

darker areas. Orange, ochres, and raw sienna are introduced into the spiraling bark

of the trees to make a varied surface.

Ochre is an earthy pigment containing ferric oxide, the clay can vary from light yellow to

red. Sienna is a ferruginous earth used to make the pigment (yellowish-brown in colour).

Raw Sienna becomes a deep reddish-brown, when roasted (burnt sienna).

The ultramarine blue used in the mountains is a brilliant deep blue pigment originally

obtained from lapis lazuli (a ground gem stone used by the Persians and Egyptians).

Lapis 'stone' (latin), lazuli from lazward (Persian).

The modern colour is made from powdered fired clay, sodium carbonate, sulphur and


To create a highlight in an area of colour, first apply a tiny drop of clean water, then

gently mop up the area with a clean, dry brush. Repeat the process until the white

of the paper has been regained.

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