|watercolor paper stretched on stretcher bars|
Beth brought some *mmmm* mangos for a still life.
|mangos, but not for lunch|
Okay, here's my little painting - well, as far as I got during class.
|original watercolor on stretched 90 lb cold press watercolor paper|
Not bad for a beginning, I think. Especially since there are no eyes, hair, fur, fins, or feathers...
One reason we creative types should take classes or workshops now and then is so that we are stretched a bit and challenged to try new things. Beth is encouraging us to mix our colors rather than to reach for a tube of the premixed color. I can mix horse colors in my sleep - but these little puppies are green. I admit, too, that I have more than one or two tubes of paint. Yes. In fact, I have tubes of paint for the entire rainbow, most of the critters, and some other tubes of colors that haven't even been invented yet. We are talking serious paint habit, here.
But, I am up for the challenge!
|a palette here, a palette there...|
- Cadmium Red Light
- Ultramarine Blue
- Burnt Umber
- Neutral Tint
- Cadmium Yellow
- Burnt Sienna
- Yellow Ochre
- Sap Green
- Alizarine Crimson
- Cadmium Orange
- Payne's Grey
- Cerulean Blue
- Dioxazine Purple
- Raw Umber
There are a lot of colors on my other palette (bottom) that can be made with the colors on my class palette (top). And, to prove it, take a look at my little painting now.
|a work in progress, but getting there|
Progress! It is fun to work with the colors she suggested and I do really like painting on the stretched watercolor paper. I had to call it quits at this point because the zoo had gathered for feeding time, but I will be back to the work table soon!
Oh, and, yes, in the past I had used a spray bottle to dampen my paints, but I am trying Beth's method of just adding lots of water to them instead. I did use my little mister on my palette today. We got a bit dry under the fan...
Ummmm... that big bad boy spray bottle, however, is not the one I use on my palette. Let's just say you don't want to have a water gun fight with me. I have pretty deadly aim... A few assorted sometimes misbehaving critters will attest to that...
Hope you had a creative day!