OK! Brushes out! Follow along if you fancy paining this fresh dolphin.
Colours are French Ultramarine, Windsor Violet, Cerulean Blue, Antwerp Blue and Burnt Umber. Brush sizes 6 and 3 round.
2)Then while still moist I added loose washes of Cerulean, Ultramarine and antwerp to create the main tonal areas.
3)Adding stronger washes of the same colours as before I defined the body further.
4)In order to get the washes to run and suggest the sleek sides of the dolphin I held the painting vertical and let the paint do its stuff! – creating a lovely granulated effect free from brushstrokes!
5) To lift out highlights on the fin, tail and body I used a damp brush with water squeezed out so it would soak up pigment leaving a soft white mark suggesting sunstruck spots on the dolphin. This lift is a useful trick and looks quite natural.
6) Finally I added the eye and darkened a few accents here and there for punch but did not want it to be too slick and perfect! I always like to add some spatter for another dimension so there it is – my final flourish for a leaping dolphin.