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David Taylor F.V.A.S, Member A.W.I | Moving in the Shadows

I have enjoyed the journey of working with the DANIEL SMITH colors I have chosen. There are still many more colors to explore further and I look forward with pleasure to the experience of further great outcomes as I push onward to creating special works of magic.

In this article I outline the process of a painting in progress and also show a few examples of other works using a selection of the colors listed below. I have seen great results from using these colors and have been excited by the outcome.

Stage 1. The Light Connection: This stage sets the base to build upon.
Manganese Blue Hue and Cobalt Blue worked for my buildings and Transparent Red Oxide mixed with Aureolin were used for sunny areas. Have a look at the complimentary mauve effect made with the Cobalt Blue and Quinacridone Magenta.

David Taylor's Palette:

Stage 2
To emphasize strong patterns of light some strong applications of French Ochre and Transparent Red Oxide were laid in on the large town hall building and the cool colors were encouraged to flow. You can see the granulation occurring - now the fun begins! Observe the wonderful effect of the sediment and granulation in the trees.

Stage 3: More Trees, Deeper Shadows
It is important to note that diluted color will dry a lot lighter - which you should allow for. The effect of the granulation on the trees in this process can be noticed and the painting is coming together. Some Cobalt Teal Blue was used for variation in the shadow areas. Sepia and Undersea Green were used to create some deeper passages.

Final Stage
The painting is pulled together with strong glazes of color, Figures and details are extended and the late shadows added. The colors can be seen to show subtle differences in the shadows. What I find useful and exciting is the way in which DANIEL SMITH Watercolors granulate and add a poetic dimension to the selection of works I choose to create .

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David Taylor A.W.I. F.V.A.S has been teaching his great love of watercolor to painters both in Australia and overseas since the late sixties. He is involved in regular tutelage for the Australian and International Artist magazine.

Born in Melbourne in 1941, David was educated at the Caulfield Institute of Technology and the Melbourne School of Printing and Graphic Arts. David was the first winner (1979) of the Camberwell Rotary Overseas Travel Grant that enabled him to further his studies and expand his experience in London, Europe and North America. To see more of his work please see his website: http://davidtaylorartist.com/.