Another half sheet started to get myself in gear for the upcoming Carol Carter workshop. While looking at the 5 x 7 photo, I just drew the shapes I wanted on the watercolor paper, not putting in every little thing but focussing on the stars of the painting and the supporting characters.
When it was time to get the paints wet, I was thinking hot color!! (I tend to use cool colors and prefer cool colors so haven't as much experience with hot colors so I need the time spent playing with warms and hots to learn how they work.)
This is the place where I tend to get lost in a painting that is all shapes and colors like this. Think values as well as shapes - where should the darkest darks go to set off the stars (those upright leaves of whatever this plant is) and where should the boldest colors go. Playing with reds against greens can muddy quickly if I don't keep an eye on the bleeding of the colors! Lots to think about in this one.
While I love Carol Carter's work and her signature style, I don't want to copy her style - probably couldn't if I tried. But I would like to play enough with wilder color choices so I can start automatically seeing and choosing more colorful, fun choices in my palette when painting. And I think that can be learned, just like composition can be learned.
Wish you all could be with us at the workshop this weekend!