Assignments from the Charles Reid DVD number 1 are to create a lot of swatches and do some fruit studies (with just 2 colors on each piece and not worrying about anything but learning how to swivel and swirl that brush the way he does = not as easy as it looks). I used Fabriano Artistico watercolor 140# paper and a Kolinsky sable (from Escoda) brush I never use - it feels mushy to me after years of using synthetics but I'll get used to it.
These look sooo childish and I need a good apple red color - any suggestions?
This and the next wave painting are the only things I've done this week so...here are my swatches, my lemons, apples and oranges. Each time you study something, you learn something, even if it's not what was in the "lesson plan." Today I learned that I really like the greyed blue of cobalt blue plus just a dab of raw sienna. I also learned that it's hard not to lose contact with the paper, pulling up your brush and going back in to dab or stripe or whatever. I guess this is about learning how to maintain contact - brush to paper at all times; and about how to NOT go back in after you add the second color (as the shadow color) even if you really really feel the need to do so!
Cobalt blue pure or greyed with Raw sienna for the shadow line (which is all he required for these studies and even that is heard not to futz with).
I also began another wave painting, using my own photos taken at the Matanzas Inlet earlier this month. I know it looks a mess right now but I have faith that I can make it work...yeah, that's what I'm telling myself right now!