The beauty of watercolor is often in the speed in which I can get the colors onto the paper. When an idea is so fleeting, it merely brushes across my mind in a micro minute – the colors must be captured then and there; else it’s completely lost.
Watercolor Painting Processes and Color Ideas
Such was the case with this water pool. Only a fragmented momentary idea went through my mind. So briefly, nothing but the colors were retained from the transient thought.
Just a brilliant viridian and emerald green pool below a topaz golden escarpment.
That was it.
For the love of color, I grabbed onto that idea and the paints and whacked them on!
Splashing and drizzling the colors with speed. Trying to not lose sight of that memory. I needed to return to the image twice upon drying to reglaze and sharpen tones and color intensity. Fine tuning.
I love the color combination. The pairing of emerald green with the sunburnt terracotta is a delicious combination that I’m quite pleased with.
The Watercolor paints I used: winsor lemon, phalo blue = green burnt umber, burnt sienna mixed with winsor lemon. I avoided Opaques, using mainly Transparents and Stainers. For additional watercolor information on palette choice, mixing, avoiding mud, etc. a good place to start is my new Watercolour Tips page.
NT Gorge, this second watercolor landscape painting with its escarpments in rusts, earth browns and emerald jade green waters was a slower process. Much more time intensive than the first image, as can be seen from the additional details.
I’d referred to a photo on this one whereas I had not with the prior image. NT Gorge was near Jim Jim Falls, Australia. We were hiking in on a hot day, trying to stay cool, take photos, and get to the falls to swim. A memorable adventure.
NT Gorge painting does keep to the same color combination of emerald jade greens, topaz, terracotta and brown earth.
The colors used in NT Gorge were burnt sienna, prussian blue, ultramarine blue, white, winsor lemon.
The experience of color, was fully expressed best in For Love of Color (the top image) even though there is far less detail and information.
It is a more soothing image. And it answered the call that was being made at the time.
Sometimes, more stuff, more detail, more ‘froo-froo’ isn’t really what we need!