Watercolors – Kelly Newcomb

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See Kelly’s step by step progress of a MG Roadster.

Find out more about Kelly and her artwork on her website: http://www.kellynewcomb.com

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The initial pencil sketch I like to focus on lines which will be my lightest and darkest areas in the final painting.

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Background wash is applied. When working with transparent watercolors, it is important when layering colors to allow each layer to completely dry.

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Unlike most watercolorists, I tend to pick out my darkest areas first. With the fine detail I tend to work in, this aids my ability to focus on what I feel is important in my work…contrast.

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The grills are very important when working with cars…they are close to its signature. At this point in my work, if I am not satisfied with the grill and the lights..I will start the painting over. I was very satisfied, I achieved great depth and definition…this one is a go!

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A base color paint is mixed to satisfaction, this being alizarin crimson
mixed with cobalt blue and burnt umber. Washes are applied, again, allowing each coat to dry in between applications.

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As I continue layering washes, I begin to add more blues and browns to the base color for the darkest washes.

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While the washing process is happening, I continue to work with the chrome, by adding washes of blue and brown, and applying touches of the base color to the reflections on the chrome.

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When the large flat washes are complete, great care is taken to achieve depth on the body with the darkest wash application.

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With my famous #2 sable, I literally comb every inch of the painting with blue and brown. There is satisfaction for me when the painting becomes a real visual image, touchable.

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Finished painting. Happy dance!

3 Comments

  1. Hi Kelly,
    Very nice, I’m not brave enough to do cars with transparent watercolors.

  2. Der Kelly, I love your paintings. I admire your methods also. Could not reach your website or your email. Please let me know your current email address or correct website URL. I need to take painting classes from you. Thank you. Bob C

  3. Bob *I appreciate your comments very much. I am currently recovering from Cancer and living a bit closer to family in Oklahoma. Email should be the same. kellynewcombart@yahoo. com

    Kelly

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