Go With the Flow

It’s been a while since last time. For the last week and a half I’ve been experimenting/practicing watercolors. It’s a sensational medium, and the flow of the water is always as exciting. It’s very unpredictable, be it good or bad. I’m quite happy with some of my results, and I’m determined to keep on splashing and discover the ways of watercolor.

Expressive Apple

Expressive Apple

I’ve been experimenting a lot with a palette limited to 6 colors – 3 warm and 3 cool(Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Hue and Alizarin Crimson). I use a lot of mixed neutrals to cover the painting, and also to mute already mixed colors. This apple was done in a very expressionistic manner with much use of mixed neutrals. It was primarily aimed as a study for moisture control and dry-on-wet application.

Banana

Banana

Not much to say here. A simple banana to practice moisture control, layering and using complementary colors for shading.

Tropical Frog

Tropical Frog

 

Some sort of rain forest/tropical frog. I liked it because the colors of its legs are the complementary to those of the body and vice versa(Orange and Blue). I always try to achieve looseness in my paintings, and this worked out pretty well.

 

 

 

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Experiments in Expressive Watercolor

Lincoln Watercolor

Lincoln Watercolor

The size of this piece was too big for my scanner, so I had to use my cellphone to photograph it. ‘Expressive’ watercolor picture based on the Lincoln drawing posted earlier. I decided to paint everything besides Lincoln himself. What I did was use masking fluid to mask out all the shapes from the drawing and paint everything around these shapes. Quite happy with the result. I guess the colors of choice is pretty obvious. Colors used were W&N Cotman, Prussian blue and Cadmium Red Deep(Hue).

Nectarine Watercolor

Nectarine Watercolor

I’m not sure, but I think these are nectarines. Watercolor piece done in an expressive style.

Disclaimer: The photograph seriously doesn’t do the watercolors justice, they appear faded and not at all as brilliant.

 

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