Sometimes just writing in the blog that I am not painting makes me pick up my brushes again and paint something. I think it's the over-achiever in me that says, get busy, do it! So I did.
Having enjoyed the recent magnolia paintings of Carol Carter, I was thinking of them when I looked through some photos for inspiration and found this photo taken by my Sweetie on a trip down to Paducah, KY. At least, I think that's where it was taken. He takes so many photos, I often am not sure where the photo was taken.
Anyway, I don't want my magnolia to look like Carol's magnolia but I do want to try that lovely lavender color she used (Holbein Lavender) - which, it turns out, was pretty darned close to Cheap Joe's Periwinkle that I already had - who knew?
What struck me about the colors in the photo is that beautiful rich caramel/burnt orange color and I'll try to play that up before I even touch the closed blossom and then will use that Lavender and Quin Burnt Orange on it.
This is on 1/2 sheet Arches cold press and I'm working very wet-in-wet, letting the colors move and flow and do what watercolor does best. I hope to get some good blossoms, too :)
And I have my homework done for Suzanne's online course!