I finally took a deep breath and started painting “Take and Eat.”
Then I remembered I wanted to also do the cup verses, and it really would be better if I did them at the same time so the skin tones matched. It would also give each side a chance to dry while I worked on the other painting. So I sketched out the other set of hands and filled in the background.
I had a lot of highs and lows during the process. There are so many layers with watercolor!
The trickiest part was when I thought I loved the hands, and then I had to figure out how to add the objects in. I’ve spent a lot of time working on hands, but bread and pottery not so much.
I got through it, but I didn’t love it. Everything seemed so monotone. The hands shouldn’t be the same color as the bread and the pottery. I thought I had the skin tone right, but now it was way too yellow. However, I was afraid to go over it with another wash and details.
I messaged a friend who had been following my progress, and she asked if I could lighten the background. You can’t with watercolor because once it’s on the paper, it’s there. You can only add more layers and make it darker. I had been thinking about going over it again though, so maybe with sepia instead of black?
That I loved! The photo doesn’t show it as well, but it really made the hands pop. The colors of the sepia and black all separated out and swirled together making a beautiful, surreal background that these paintings just called for.
I matted and framed them, and I added abbreviated versions of the verses from Matthew at the bottom of the mats. They look stunning.