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
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
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
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.