Another partial day in the studio today, working out the rib shapes on this cactus. Having chosen the colors I wanted to use, today was the day to see how they'd look layered in like I planned. Not too bad, so far.
|The underpainting, violet for shadow, green and palest yellow for the light/local color|
A full sheet of paper takes what I think of as the "hurry up and wait" system of painting. Hurry and drop in the colors I want while it's wet, then wait till it's dry enough to add the next layer of color. I could be laying in sections all over it, but I want to see how this bit turns out after it's dried all night so I know how bright to take the next part. Watercolors lighten as they dry and you never know what you'll get by the time that happens.
|After it dries, I am glazing over it with a loud, bright green|
To my way of working here, it's all a series of adjustments. You paint one section, then the next- and go back to adjust between the sections to help them fit together harmoniously. It's a give and take puzzle and I (usually) enjoy it.
|Using the same palette for the ribs as they grow closer to the viewer, I am just making them a brighter hue to emphasize their proximity. I don't want them to be the star of the show, but a nice, solid supporting player.|
Though I'm still chewing on the blossom colors, wavering back and forth between salmon and an in-your-face cool red, I'm already thinking about how to make them look waxy rather than translucent. This is my idea of fun! Not tied to a photo or a real-life model, I can make it up as I go. So I am!
Thanks for stopping by- Alice