Saturday, August 09, 2008

Morning Sunlight, Watercolor by Linda McCoy

The flowers are from the Farmers Market in Lebanon. Fortunately we have many of these markets around the Cincinnati area. I'm not sure what's more fun, shopping or kibitzing with the farmers.
These little watercolors are quite detailed and usually take a series of days to complete. The first wash is loose and colorful, I try to let it peek through and not tame it too much. I use the same colors in watercolor as I do in oil. Occasionally I will use burnt umber in oil, but never in watercolor. (No burnt Sienna either or raw umber.) These stain the paper and if you make a mistake nearly impossible to correct. This painting only consists of a few colors, Winsor yellow, Aureolin, Winsor Red, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine blue and Antwerp blue. There is a little use of Winsor Green to gray the dark background (ultramarine blue, antwerp and permanent rose.) Winsor Newton 140lb cold pressed paper. Winsor Newton series 7 sable brushes. These are so expensive they should be insured by Lloyds of London (just kidding!) but they work beautifully. I know artists who are afraid to try watercolor. I say it's just a piece of paper, go for it! If you use transparent colors on Arches or Winsor Newton paper your "Oops" can be lifted with a q-tip dampened with water.
There's that little purple pumpkin again. Once again in the sunlight, I love the abstract shapes of of light that peek through the flower stems.
Day 10 of the Beautiful Earth Series on The Daily Painters Gallery 8"X8" Watercolor $100.00

Copyright 2008 Linda McCoy


PAT MEYER -- said...

Great Shadows that make it glow.

Linda said...

Thanks Pat, and thanks for stopping by!