Waiting for paint to dry (literally) and why I broke down and bought Dr. P.H. Martin's Hydrus Liquid Watercolors
While patiently (okay, not so patiently) waiting for paint to dry on my latest piece, I decided to just play around with color and texture and have some fun. This small piece (approx 5x7), is what I was hoping would become a textile for a scarf.
I've been wanting a new scarf with vibrant bright colors and haven't been able to find anything I really like. Still haven't after painting this! The colors are just not vibrant enough for what I wanted for my scarf and it is not something I wanted to add layer after layer of color to. I know, I could have just adjusted the colors and saturation in Photoshop, but I really want it to be 100% totally my watercolor art with no digital adjustments (other than adjustments needed to create the repeating pattern). I want the piece to look free, messy but filled with intense color and texture.
This piece is what convinced me to get Dr. P.H. Martin Hydra Liquid Watercolors. Because nobody in Calgary carries them, a friend who happened to be in Edmonton this weekend is picking them up for me and I hope to get them from him early next week.
Can't wait to get those lovely bottles and to start playing and hopefully come up with something similar to this but with more intense vibrant color.
As with this piece, which I have called "Blobs", I will play around with texture - salt, purposeful blossoms, spray bottles and perhaps some bleach to try to get the look I am going for. Once that is complete, it is then time to photoshop the finished piece to create a repeating pattern and then find a reputable company to get my scarf printed. I can't wait to get my hands on those paints and start playing!
Continuing on with yesterday's garlic painting below, I am still in a foodie state of mind. I am happy with the progress on the onion and the garlic in this WIP but this ginger is kicking my ass! I want the colours to be interesting and not just a flat brown - I see so many other colours when I look at ginger - but I am currently struggling with making it different enough from the onion and garlic and getting the value right
As you can see, I am in the early stages of the ginger and the value needs to be much much darker. Darker than the garlic but not darker then the onion while still keeping the colours different enough so that it doesn't become one with the other elements.
I think I will also be gently scrubbing out a little color on the garlic where it meets the gjnger. Now that the ginger is going in, I can see that I went a little darker than I should have on that side.
I keep starting paintings with the intention of adding ink at the end but just can't bring myself to do it when I am so happy with the finished painting before the ink! Perhaps this time I will go for it. We shall see
Back to that darn ginger!