Friday, February 4, 2011
Lilies of the Nile
Wow!...I can't keep my eyes off of the live Al Jazeera feed. I wish the citizens of Egypt the very best in their quest for democracy, but I digress. This is not a political blog screed. The blooms here is a watercolor that I have just completed for a workshop I am offering towards the end of this month. They are not lilies (as far as I know, but I'm not a botanist nor a gardener). This watercolor is 14"X18" and painted all wet-on-dry (except for the background that I first painted wet-on-wet) on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The wet-on-wet background juxtaposed with the wet-on-dry foreground flowers (what the hell is the name of these guys?) create a beautiful sense of depth. Also note that I am rarely dissatisfied with accidental "blossoms" ( a big one in the lower right hand flower where the stamens are coming out). They just add to the richness and energy of the painting! Color palette on this one: Ultramarine and Phthalo blue, Burnt Sienna, Opera Red, Bright Violet, Hooker's Green, Veridian Green, and Bright Yellow.