I seriously thought I might go to life drawing tonight for the first time in a month, but it’s still just a bit too hard as I’m unable to drive with my broken hand. A bit disappointing, but the upside was that I picked up brushes instead and gently moved some paint around – it was so much more relaxing than dealing with public transport at rush hour!!
Continuing the watercolour washes challenge (week 3!), this first Little Gem is simply Ultramarine Blue and Raw Sienna – and very effective for just two colours! I’m very impressed by some of the greys that have resulted, and I love the granulation of the blue. I can see this being very useful for skies.
With the second piece I also used just two colours and tried to keep the paper drier for a change – I generally have a lot of trouble creating dry brush effects which is why they’re hardly ever seen in my paintings. So I thought I’d have ten minutes experimenting and practising, and I’m really very happy with the results.
The colours here are Phthalo Blue and Rose Madder, making some beautifully delicate purples where they’ve mixed together in the brush and on the paper. I found that sweeping the brush fast across the paper gave a much better result than I usually manage.
And finally, I went back to an old favourite and practised painting eyes. The eye on the right, in Quinacridone Deep Orange and Quinacridone Purple, looks almost finished but the first one might benefit from some more work – maybe a darker centre or iris of some kind.
Both were painted from imagination, and I wonder what kind of animal each one might belong to!