“Today’s weather forecast: dry barren parched, with a slim thread of a chance of rain.”
I peer out the window, from the small airplane flying over the Australian Outback scrublands – and look below to see this golden starkness.
Back in the studio, I mix and paint with my watercolors. Bringing back to mind those recollections. And Feelings.
Calling…. the scene back to mind.
Watercolors, Abstracts and The Outback
The Australian Outback seen from above is a glorious abstraction of nature.
Salt pan lakes, emerald and jade green ponds dot the area, winding river courses looking like webs and entangled root systems all make for perfect subjects….. For Watercolor Semi Abstract Landscapes!
In my painting, the drought stricken golden earth is dominant.
With a small hint of sage green along a meandering, but dried up river bed.
And, the Green perylene watercolor paint is used subtly.
A Duet: Colors Used
The two watercolors I used were Naples Yellow and Perylene Green.
A limited palette makes life simpler. Calmer.
By just using the 2 colors:
- Creates unity through out;
- there is no worry about ‘mixing a bunch of colors;’
- its much easier to achieve better contrasts for beginners;
- it creates mood and ambience;
- it created a feeling of barrenness I was aiming for.
- Naples Yellow – Daniel Smith watercolor (Pw4, Py25, Pr101)
- Perylene Green Daniel Smith ….. (Pbk31)
- I also quite like Winsor and Newton’s Perylene green, as well.
Watercolor Painting Process
- The process of creating the abstract landscape was fairly fast and simple.
- Its just a matter of timing the paint applications.
- I need to be sure the Naples Yellow is still dampish on the paper when I put the green in.
- I don’t want the Naples Yellow too sloppy wet. Nor bone dry.
- That’s the ‘Fine Line’ I need to adhere to.
- I applied Naples Yellow watercolor first
- then tilted the paper, Slightly….
- while applying the Perylene green.
Where they ran and blended together, they shimmered abit and had fluctuations in their tones.
This creates a very pretty variation of pattern and texture. Perfect technique for the semi abstract watercolor landscape I thought.
My motto is:
If at first go I do not get it “perfect” nor get it quite right,
I’ll just have several more plays!
I did several before this one happened. Some went crazy. Some were too dry.
But this one… is just right.
It has a zen quality to it, that pleases me.
To be honest, I was very happy while doing the others too as it is such good fun.
Additional Posts of Interest
These 7 previous posts relate to the post theme today. If you haven’t already read them, please do!
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Zen of Art: Taming the Dragon “perfectionism”
A Beautiful anonymous quote:
has music for those
Watercolor Semi Abstract Landscape in Naples Yellow and Perylene Green illustrates how effective and powerful a limited palette of two colors, can be.