This morning I got up early to take my daily walk. I could have slept late since it was Sunday but I knew I needed to get moving before the heat set in (it's been close to, is not over, 100 degrees here for months). I hooked Dasher to his leash and set off. I was going to use this time to think about a 30 Day Blog Challenge and a 30 Day Painting Challenge, both of which I was starting today. I planned on combining the two and writing about the intuitive painting process I use. The sun was just starting to rise, promising another scorching day. But as it rose it also revealed some beautiful images. Once again my daily walk offered some inspiration.
I took this picture with my Iphone and printed a copy when I got home.
140 lb watercolor paper
pencil & eraser
rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
water & paper towels
1. I lightly drew the basic shapes on the paper. I drew the line a little more diagonal than the photo.
2. I covered the paper with clear water then dropped in yellow paint covering the surface. Dry completely.
3. Next I mixed up a puddle of pthalo blue and a puddle of alizarin crimson. I painted clear water over the area that represents the shadow then I dropped in blue, alizarin crimson and their purple mixture. I let the paint move into the wet areas.
4. For the green grass I mixed puddles of sap green, pthalo blue and yellow. I wet the area with clear water and dropped in the colors. I covered the purple area with a piece of paper and sprayed rubbing alcohol on the green area creating some textures.
5. I completely dried the paper then repeated steps 3 and 4 twice.
Watercolor on paper
When do I know that a painting is complete? It all depends on the subject matter and media I use. With this particular painting I stopped when I found that I'd created a nice balance with the contrast of line, value, color, shape and texture.
I wonder what I'll find on my walk tomorrow to inspire me.
*My palette usually consists of 2 yellows (cadmium yellow light & cadmium yellow medium), 2 reds (alizarin crimson & cadmium red medium), 2 blues (ultramarine & pthalo), burnt sienna & sap green. Now and then I add other colors like opera pink, peacock blue and spring green.
p.s. My work that will be completed during the 30 Day Painting Challenge will be available for purchase by October 1st.