Monday, 8 February 2010
I get my painting technique from Harry Rountree. I was doing something similar when I read Rountree's technique ( in ImageS) and it changed the way I work. Rountree would paint a complete watercolour and then go over the whole thing with gouache, working it into the watercolour pigment. He basically would disregard all the fundamentals of watercolour painting. For the better I think!
This wonderful book was bought for me by my father in law Dave at the St Lawrence Market in the heart of Toronto.
From Wikipedia "Harry Rountree (1878-1950) was determined to make his mark on the then-flourishing magazine and book market. For two years he struggled, studied and sold the occasional drawing. However, when the editor of Little Folks magazine gave him a commission to illustrate a story with an animal, he found his feet and suddenly he became quite successful. By 1903 he was illustrating books for the editor of Little Folks, writing and illustrating his own books, and in demand by nearly every publisher in London. He was one of the subjects in Percy V. Bradshaws' "The Art of the Illustrator" 20 part series, published in 1918, where six stages of the creation of an illustration were published along with notes and biography"
Here's a complete book online of Rountree's Wicked Tim.