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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Working Backward

I consider myself a pastelist, but every now and then I feel the need to get out of that old pastel artists’ rut. You know, darks first, thinnly applied, then midtones, edges, highlights, etc. I find it refreshing to switch to watercolors, where you do just the opposite—paint the lights first and the darks last. To me, this is working backward! And whenever you do something opposite what you normally do, it helps get you out of the rut of your normal procedures.

Watercolor demands a lot more planning and a lot more care when painting than pastel does. One of the main reasons is that it is so much more difficult to make changes. For example, if I put in a yellow sky and I don’t like it, I cannot simply wipe it out or paint over ...

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