Then I put resist or mastik on the little highlights that I notice in the image. I want to reserve the white areas as I paint in the rest in and many times if I try to just avoid these areas it puts a real crimp in the style of laying down washes and areas of paint to bleed. The yellow that you see on this paper is that “mastik” and it is drying before I begin to put values down on the layout.
I entered this watercolor in the Dick Blick Art Supplies, “Pet Portrait” competition. Here is a link to my entry, please vote for me starting May 23rd (Mon) thru May 30th (Mon). They allow one vote each day. The person with the most votes could win an art supply package worth $350 along with the kudos of the notoriety of the win. We all know how much artist’s love art supplies!