“More often than not, I improvise the colors in my paintings by putting them down on the paper and then responding to what’s there,” says Zagotta. “If I like the colors, they stay. If I don’t, I change them. I work this way—responding to and adjusting the colors—until the whole thing pleases me and I get butterflies in my stomach. That’s how I know the colors are right in paintings such as Evening Conversation (at right; watercolor and gouache on paper, 15×11).
Learn more about Donna Zagotta’s painting process and see more of her work in the October 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist, which also includes: painting evocative landscapes on a large scale, how to choose the right paintbrush for the job and 12 new watercolor tools to try!
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