It's wintertime and let's face it...the Midwest winters can be cold, dreary and wet, so I usually stop by the floral department at the grocery store for a little pick me up. Sometimes, I get a fresh bunch to take home, sometimes I just take pictures. Last week, when I went to the store to get the stuff to make a pot of soup, I spotted a few hydrangeas, their bright periwinkle color caught my eye.
So, I snapped a few pics, thinking I'd look at them later. I just loved the color and thought I'd like to try my hand at painting them with Color Burst. So, I created a simple pencil sketch to block out a composition based on the hydrangea photo.
And, then began to watercolor sketch them with Color Burst. It's a pretty simple exercise, really.
What I wanted to work on was blending color with Color Burst, I should have looked at the photo a little more often as I was painting, but I didn't and created some absolutely stunning transparent hues of blue and violet.
Technically, I learned a lot out of this little watercolor sketch...there's a lot of technique in this little piece: understanding color theory, as it pertains to transparent watercolor, brush strokes, over-layering color, and lots of wet on wet technique.
And, honestly, I am a little "recharged" about watercolor...I haven't used water color consistently for a few years, I think I just got bored with it...Color Burst has given me a new way, to paint with techniques that I already knew, and let me think about new techniques to use the product.
I am pretty excited about the workshop tonight...it's at a shop about 2 blocks from my house, at Scattered Art. I love it that it's in my neighborhood with a just a few of my neighbors and friends from right here in Newburgh.
I love how this little workshop is an example of "making the most of what you've got"...a trip to the grocery store turned into a workshop, just because I had an idea, some watercolor paper and some new paints.