Madonna and Child Watercolor
I love striped things. Not sure why. Striped cats, tigers, striped shirts, Zebra, you name it. So it was only natural for me to want to paint zebras and tigers. I found that if I use a masking fluid to mask out areas where I want little hairs I can paint background colors right over it and pull the mask off later to reveal the hairs. Unfortunately I went a little overboard with this one and the mother looks like she’s having a bad hair day or eating hairy hay. I loved that the little baby is shy hiding behind mama but when I showed this painting in classrooms, the children all laughed at the baby bottom. I thought it was cute. Still it was a fun painting to do.
I used indigo blue and not black for the strips. Black is such a flat nothing color. It is called Lamp Black and is literally made from the soot from lamps. Indigo hoever has a blue-grey feel when thinned and looks more natural and lifelike.
Do you agree?