Cincy is Creative: Bruce Neville came back to art after a lifetime away, thanks to his wife

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  Watercolor painting is more difficult than painting with oils and acrylics, says Neville, because you must know from the start how you plan to create the painting: “It’s all about layering transparent pigments.” Once you start painting, you can’t go back and change things.

Each of Bruce Neville’s watercolors originates with a drawing, in which he sketches out the shapes while pondering the lights, darks, and color values.

“Drawing is like a blueprint in the whole design and layering process,” Neville said. “If you don’t get all the values correct, you won’t have a good painting. The drawings get me into my painting. If I’m not excited about the drawing, I won’t do the painting.”

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