Meringues Painting Study: A Delicious Tutorial feat. Wayne Thiebaud
Step 8: Building Up Layers In Plates And Pies
As you’re studying an oil painting, you’ll notice that the values in Thiebaud’s Meringues will be a lot darker. This is because oil paint is much thicker than watercolor. Consequently, this means that you’ll need to build up more layers in watercolor to achieve a similar effect. So with a more saturated Permanent Alizarin Crimson, start adding really deep colors, especially in the middle pie in the bottom row. Drop in Cobalt Blue while it’s still wet to get that dark purple near the shadowed edge, then switch to Chromium Green Oxide to add to its cast shadow.
For even stronger shadows and plate rims, use Phthalo Blue, then go back to the Alizarin Crimson to deepen the red pies that look too light. Remember that it’s better to risk being bold and create a more dynamic painting than to take the careful way out! In the end, this is still a painting study, so take any mistakes as a chance to learn more.