Jerry Brommer is known for his paintings of rocks in his European hill town scenes and views of the California coast. He taught us his method in an assignment to paint a fantasy scene with rocks and water. Starting at the bottom of the page, you make the rock shape and then blot the top of it with a tissue. Continue making the shapes with variety in outline and size, all the way up the page until you have made all the rocks you want. Paint the rest of the landscape with trees, mountains, etc., leaving the water white. Collage over the whole thing and begin to paint back over the scene with dry brush. Continue blotting the top of the rocks to keep the light-washed look. I did not collage over the water and the sky when I did my painting.
When we could choose the subject we wanted, guess what I picked! Here is a painting inspired by Brommer techniques which will be in my show.
Pre-flight Check, 15 x 22, watercolor/collage on 300 lb. paper