Watercolor paintings of Angkor using the mouth atomizer

During the wedding off-season I have been painting as much as time permits.  Of course, with two children (one 4, one almost 4 months), this is easier said than done.
I am currently working on a series of watercolors based on the Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat.  I have visited Cambodia several times to photograph the UNESCO archaeological ruins of Angkor Thom.  The best known local within the city of Angkor Thom is the ruined temple of Angkor Wat.
Recently, I saw a youtube video of Mark Mehaffey using a mouth atomizer.  Basically, it’s a poor man’s airbrush.  Instead of using compressed air to blow the paint onto the canvas, you use your breath.
I composed 95% of this painting using the mouth atomizer and contact paper to build the values and colors.

(Watercolor of sunrise over Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat- Cambodia)

The remaining 5%   image was painted with a brush.

While I had difficulty controlling the spray (especially in the smooth gradations in the sky), I was encouraged by the results and will continue to use the mouth atomizer, a $6-7 dollar product, in future paintings.

Using the mouth atomizer was considerably different from my normal watercolor paintings.  Instead of painting light-to dark, I went dark-to-light.  The contact paper preserves your whites while you spray the dark colors.  Beware of cutting into the paper though as you remove the contact/frisket film

I photographed three recent paintings too:

(Watercolor painting of Eastern Gate to Angkor Thom)






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