Between the Drops ©2011 Katherine Kean
12 x 16" oil on linen
This is third in the series that includes Counting Raindrops, and Connect the Drops. I was drawn to paint the subtle geometric patterns left by the drops as they fell and reformed again after being swiped by the wiper blades. Just when I think I'm done with raindrops - bet then they are a lot of fun to paint.
The sequence below depicts the progression of this painting from under painting to conclusion.
The under painting in warm colors to show through behind the cooler top layers. Approximate values and drawing are layed in. The first color layer - still plenty of under painting showing through. The values are well established.
An additional color layer using cooler colors and more grays. Also starting to define the pathways the drops will follow. The drops are the last to paint. Oddly enough I don't have a preconceived way of approaching them. Sometimes I make a dark spot and then add highlights, other times I make a bright spot and then outline it with the dark.