This is much more complicated than it looks. I had a great time with all that foreground texture but I’m in two minds as to whether I’m happy. Still not sure that the colors are muted enough. Time will tell.
Month: July 2021
Day 20 of 30 in 30 – Roses
I couldn’t decide what to paint today. I started on an eagle but the drawing wasn’t inspiring me so I switched to some roses. I wanted to paint pretty loosely but this didn’t quite work out. Part of the problem was the soft press paper which dries quite quickly and I kept getting hard edges. But the other part was me and I had to work quite hard to pull things together. The end result turned out well – another one in the bag!
Tower Hill Botanic Garden Watercolor
This is another local scene from the Tower Hill Botanic Garden which is well worth a visit although we always seem to be there just before or just after a big display of color. Loved this stone urn though. Day 19 of the 30 in 30.
Day 18 of 30 in 30 – Sunflowers
Day 18 today (although I have had a couple of breaks). Was looking forward to this one and wanted to keep it fairly loose. I think I just about did it justice. (Photo credit: pixabay.com)
Oil study – Lime Wedges and Backgrounds
Well this was fun. I learned a lot here. The subject was a lime wedge against different colored backgrounds. In the end I used pretty much the same colors for the wedge itself but the background (obviously) and the foreground and reflection changed color. In particular that reflection, even though it looks yellow/orange is in real life a pure grey. Who’d have thought? In hindsight I should have known as a yellow reflection on a gray background will result in a neutral gray!
Here’s a closeup of the result