July 06, 2021 – Creating New Version Variations on My Barton Springs Greenbelt Austin Poster Template via the Creation of Just One New Painting, Part 1, Pale Blue

Creating new uploaded-for-prints & gifts versions, from the same ongoing painted image, arose as an idea because of many reasons – both exploratory & practical.

Though it might seem it very unpractical not to begin a new painting for each version variation, I’ve found I get too derailed; often off-track from my initial purpose.

Complicating my choices of which way to go with an image, intensely so at times, was the fact that often – very often – I really very much liked some or each stage of development of the my new image; enough so to want to have prints or gift items for the evolving image at differing stages of my work.

A good example is Pale Blue below right. My masking fluid inlay is pictured on the left.

I love the soft blues and easy to see line work I’d created.

I also knew, with the masking fluid in place, this stage of the image would not last; actually could not last. Watercolor (esp on paper) is fragile enough. But with masking fluid on it, subject to peeling away, and alway just a tug of being stripped away and changing the painting forever.

My initial poster off this design, finished in June, is below —

And one distinct difference in Poster Version 2 from it is, the pale yellow wash I set on the paper before I even added masking fluid.

The idea for the wash is actually not so much a setting-the-tone touch, as trying to implement an idea Dianne Mize recently pointed out in one of her art tips re how to unify the colors in a painted piece, achieve color harmony in one’s work. Here’s her short YouTube video on that – https://youtu.be/iHjJyVycck4 , and my series of reblogs of some of her art tips, are at – https://felipeadanlerma.com/tag/dianne-mize/ .

And my template itself – which started a series of posts on how I developed the 1st finished poster – is shown below —

Barton Spring Greenbelt Poster line art template ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Barton Spring Greenbelt Poster line art template ©Felipe Adan Lerma

So achieving color harmony in this new work is one of my goals.

Another is successfully using masking fluid to create clean white areas in my watercolor.

Plus, have the white areas compliment and help create a sense of dappled light, one of my more recent obsessions, at least consciously so, lol! 😊


Take care everyone!

Enjoy our world creatively as possible ❤️


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  1. […] shows, a lot happened when the masking fluid was removed.While Lush is calm yet more energized than Pale Blue, the 3rd rendition, Dappled – even while retaining some of nature’s calming I […]

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  2. […] Part 1 in this series goes into more detail of the “why” of doing multiple visual keepers of the differing stages of creating Barton Springs Greenbelt Version 2 ( Version 1’s creation being detailed here ) with each keeper variation of version not only uploaded to Fine Art America (FAA) for prints & gifts, but named differently at the end of the title – Pale Blue and Lush already upload to FAA, and Dappled and Indian Summer still to come 😊 That said (and that was a chunk, lol!) below is a side by side comparison of Pale Blue (right side) and Lush (left side).Obviously they’re very different from each other —But they are joined by process. […]

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