Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yellow Daisies


I love to use green with pink, and vice versa. It's my favorite color combination, the most complimentary mix I know of. Pink doesn't go with every color, though. For example, I think pink and dark blue or navy blue are usually wretched when placed beside each other. I've ruined many pink florals by trying to add a dark indigo background. I hope I won't make that mistake again. While pink and green are my favorite compliments, pink is also the best color to "grey down" a sharp green.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Purple African Violets




I've never learned to mix my own purples, but who cares when there are such nice pre-mixed purples that are perfect for African Violets. For this painting, I used Grumbacher Mauve and Grumbacher Thio Violet. Old fashioned colors, but they're such nice clear, transparent purples.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pink Flowers in Terra Cotta Pot



To tell the truth, I don't know what kind of flowers these are. I was going for something lacy and soft, like petunias or dwarf azaleas. Here in Texas, we use alot of terra cotta pots in different shapes. I love the fat ones that have groves all around.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Umbrella in the Rain


I've been wanting to do some more "umbrella in the rain" studies. I love painting rain. It surprises me, because I hate to paint water, like in sea or beach scenes. This type of painting just appeals to me because I prefer simple, uncomplicated themes, where you don't tell the whole story. And I guess painting rain allows me to paint lots of "controlled blooms" (my favorite watercolor technique). You've got to grey down your colors when you paint rainy scenes, though, I think. I greyed down my greens and blues here with sepia.
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