Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GOLDEN LIGHT - WIP



From a photo taken during our recent stay on Anna Maria Island.  The house we rented had a beautifully landscaped back yard with lots of interesting plants around the pool.  I took a lot of photos when the sun came down through the leaves and this is the first painting I'll do from those photos in early morning light.

Began with the drawing on watercolor paper and then put in the background using Daniel Smith Shadow Violet.  It may need to be darker.  I will work on that before I finish but want to start on some of the leaves.





Since I'm working very wet-in-wet (prewetting the areas I'll paint into, section by section), I'm working on a towel over my table and weighting down the paper so it straightens out as it dries.  (Learned that trick from Carol Carter.)  Some of the leaves are deep purple-grey and some are golden orange red colors so I'm looking forward to putting the color into those leaves.  Then I may not need to darken the background at all.



Stay tuned for the next steps...

5 comments:

Deborah Nolan said...

Wow Rhonda this looks like this will be such a success. DS shadow violet makes a great background color for the other colors. Hope you share the finish. Have a super day.

E.M. Corsa said...

Oh I can tell this is going to be a good one!!!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

do you ever use gum tape for your watercolour paper?

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Those colours are delicious! (Have you seen my fruit bowl? I have plums next to clemantines - you made me peckish ;o) ) There is an exciting energy to the composition, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

RH Carpenter said...

I sure hope so, Debbie and Elizabeth :)

Jennifer Rose, no I never tape down my paper because I like to move the paper around to let the pigment and water flow around.

Lisa, thanks. Yes, plums and clementines are the same color, I think :)