Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Positive and Negative

Wind at Lake McMurray
Original Plein Air Watercolor by Michele Cooper

I always think in terms of white space as I paint. Every time you touch the paper with transparent watercolor, you are using white space: defining it, eliminating it, or moderating it. Your brushstrokes are always defining the shape of the neighboring space as they define their own. This creates positive and negative interplay. The "negative" space can therefore either be a passage of color and value or a white space. Counter change is a refinement of these relationships.

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