In step 5, I said something was sadly missing near the center of the painting. In the image above I have added what I thought was missing. I hope everyone can see the difference? Or, you might be shrieking, “What has she done? That is sooooooo dark!”
Well, hold on because now I’m going to add an even darker background. As the created black is being added, notice what looked shockingly dark before morphs into the mid-value range.
Here is the finished watercolor. After the background was in, I removed the masking and continued to make adjustments in values throughout the painting. I used a full range of values in Lady Amethyst from the white of the paper to the black background to create the illusion of bright sunlight coming from the right.
When seeking drama and depth in your paintings, Please remember: