When painting watercolors I always begin with the lightest shades.
I start with a pallet of light aqua, blue and lavender for the snow, moon, lion and lamb.
After the light blues I will paint the golds of the angels’ wings and Halo.
Each shape is painted separately and allowed to dry.
Darker blues and teals are mixed to create the colors of dusk. Salt is added to the sky for more texture.
Now I can begin to paint the darkest colors.
I use a fine #1 liner brush and white titanium paint for the hair detail.
Red is the last color I add. Painting from light to dark keeps edges crisp.
If you paint the red first and then try and do a light color next to the red it will bleed into the damp paper creating a pink fuzzy edge.
A brocade pattern is patiently painted on the dark blue with my liner brush and white titanium watercolor.