Painting a strong color foundation

Begin with a foundation of color.

Every watercolor needs a good foundation.

Every good house is built on a good foundation. It is not a good idea to trim the budget much in that area. Likewise in a painting.

In this little watercolor the foundation is in the color washes especially visible on the two walls. Before painting anything in the window, I laid down a foundation wash that began with warm colors on the left and ended with cool colors on the right. I painted right over the window frames, knowing that when I left the light spacers between the panes the initial wash would be light enough.

A good foundation will make a lot of later details unnecessary. For example; on the large wall I only have to suggest the siding with a few lines, kind viewers will supply the rest.

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